Funding for development of youth and ladies rugby in Marlborough helped by new pitch side advertising boards"Another step forward in funding the development of rugby in Marlborough" said Marlborough Rugby Club chair, Gary Sharp as the advertising barriers were installed along one side of the main pitch on The Common.
Gary was on hand along with Club Secretary Mark Thomas and Mayor Mervyn Hall earlier to help put the new boards in place - in time for the next first XV home match against local rivals Chippenham on Saturday February 15.
“The revenue raised from these advertisements helps to put the club on a sustainable financial footing allowing us to further invest in our thriving minis/juniors section both at the club and at St John’s Academy” added Gary.
He also noted that it isn't just the youngsters who will benefit. Revenue created by the sale of the advertising boards also helps fund the creation of a new ladies rugby section, where part of the upstairs in the clubhouse is earmarked to be turned into new ladies changing rooms.
Take-up of the boards by local business was immediate. All were sold within two weeks, with more than twenty companies signing up, led by existing major club sponsors including Ramsbury Brewery, Chilvester Financial, Jones Robinson and Compeed - the club's main sponsor.
"The Town Council have been extremely supportive of what we are looking to do for the Town" explained Gary.
Mayor Mervyn Hall was clear in his support for what the club is doing to promote rugby and sport in general across the town, stating when asked: “Marlborough Town Council has supported this rugby club initiative over the last couple of years. We have limited financial resources to support community sport in Marlborough but we are keen to support a club’s self- funding initiatives”.