Thousands given to sport and leisure clubs

Royce Rangers 40th anniversary celebrations EMN-140527-110151001
Royce Rangers 40th anniversary celebrations EMN-140527-110151001
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Sports and leisure clubs across Rutland were celebrating this week after more than £250,000 was shared out in grant money.

Rutland County Council chose 15 groups to receive grants from a pot of money donated by developers under Section 106 agreements.

Deputy leader Terry King (Con) said the money would improve “health, well-being and quality of life” for Rutland residents.

One of the biggest beneficiaries was Oakham’s Royce Rangers Football Club, which received £74,000 towards a new clubhouse on Rutland Showground.

Chairman Chris Greensaid it was “absolutely fantastic” for the club.

“We’ve been around for 40 years,” he said. “With the money and the move to the Showground we want to be set for the next 40 years.”

Royce Rangers caters for youngsters aged five to 17, and has both boys and girls teams. Currently 230 players are registered, but the new clubhouse should help it expand even further.

“We’ve pushed on with girls teams in the last couple of years and we also want to encourage more inclusive sport for children with disabilities.”

Another club to benefit was Oakham Artistic Gymnastics Academy, which received about £15,000 towards mats and equipment at its new home at Oakham Enterprise Park.

Elaine Lawniczak, who runs the club with her daughter Victoria, was overwhelmed to find her application was successful.

“We didn’t expect to get it,” she said. “It will mean everything to the club.”

She added: “The new equipment and new building will allow the children to thrive.”

Other grant awards included: £25,000 for a lift refurbishment at Victoria Hall; £28,000 for Uppingham Town Cricket Club; £30,000 to replace Oakham Skatepark; and £14,000 for Ketton Sports and Community Centre.

A second round of funding could be held in the future.