Added on: 3rd October, 2017 by Caroline_9383
Young rugby players in Colne are celebrating thanks to the financial support of a leading Lancashire housebuilder.
Colne and Nelson Rugby Club has received £750 as part of the Persimmon Homes Lancashire Healthy Communities campaign.
The scheme will see Persimmon, give away more than £600,000 to sporting causes across the UK over the next year, with an overall top national prize of £200,000 in addition to numerous regional donations.
The volunteer-led rugby club welcomes 180 members across its youth teams, and offers the opportunity for local children to participate in a team game as well as providing them with invaluable life skills in a fun environment.
Christopher Buck, chairman of the club, said: “We are extremely grateful to receive this funding from Persimmon Homes. Our club is run entirely by volunteers who give up their free time selflessly to help young people to stay fit and active through sport.
“It’s fantastic that a large company like Persimmon uses its success to support the community in such a positive way.
“If we were lucky enough to scoop the £200,000 grand prize, this would be life changing for not only the club but also the local community.”
Every month this year, Persimmon Homes Lancashire will hand out £750 to either a sports team, or individual aged 21 years and under in the area, with the money to be spent on kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.
A shortlist of 30 will then be created for a national final to be decided on a public vote, with the winning club or individual receiving £200,000 to create a long-lasting legacy and two runners-up receiving £50,000 each.
The new fund is in addition to the £720,000 the company already donates through its hugely successful Community Champions scheme each year.
Diane Finch, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “We are extremely proud of our charity schemes, Healthy Communities and Community Champions. It’s terrific to be able to support sports clubs and charities across Lancashire with tens of thousands of pounds every year.
“Colne and Nelson Club provide exceptional coaching and facilities for local children, and we hope that this money will go a long way in helping them.
“There is still plenty of time for sports groups and individuals to apply for Healthy Communities, so we’d urge people to get online and tell us what they need the money for.”
Persimmon Homes Lancashire has new homes developments across Lancashire and Cumbria.
To find out more visit www.persimmonhomes.com