Rugby clubs 'cash is available'

The Welsh Rugby Union says some clubs aren't making the necessary effort to draw on the funding available to them. A new 'Club Funding Index' has been drawn up by the body to show how the money has been accessed over the past five years.

Pontyclun rugby club praises WRU financial advice

The Welsh Rugby Union is calling on clubs to work on their business plans to develop facilities and teams.

"The WRU have made it a lot easier" says Keith Ruggles, from Pontyclun RFC.

"They've got a centre of contact now who you can actually go to and say well what have you got available and they're actually telling us what grants are available now.

"Every club, i think, should go for it."

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WRU: 'We've provided £27m for grassroots rugby in the last five years'

The Welsh Rugby Union says some clubs aren't making the necessary effort to draw on the funding available to them.

A new 'Club Funding Index' has been drawn up by the body to show how the money has been accessed over the past five years.

We want every rugby club in Wales to achieve all the financial benefits they are entitled to access through the WRU.

In five years the clubs have accessed more than £27million through the union so the funding streams exist and are there to help our game prosper.

It is clear that some clubs are excellent at maximising their income streams to improve facilities, run more teams and generally put themselves on a more solid financial footing.

By drawing up this detailed Club Funding Index we are providing a roadmap for all clubs to see exactly what they could be achieving.

– Roger Lewis, Chief Executive, WRU