Improvements to the clubhouse and facilities at North Bristol rugby club are on the cards, thanks to funding from builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse.
North Bristol RFC, a thriving not-for-profit rugby club runs sessions for hundreds of men, women, boys and girls every week, has secured £500 worth of building materials through Selco’s Community Heroes campaign.
Steve Bold, Club Chair, said: “Everyone at the club is extremely grateful to Selco for their support. We are doing very well in terms of numbers, but with that comes additional costs and challenges as we don’t want to raise subs so high that they become prohibitive for some people. These building materials will allow us to make improvements to our toilets, particularly for the females within the club. When our clubhouse was built in around 1986 women’s rugby was not considered, but that area of the game has grown tremendously.”
North Bristol RFC will visit the Selco Bristol Filton branch on Taurus Road, off Gipsy Patch Lane, to make its purchases. The club is one of 12 organisations that Selco has awarded £500 worth of building materials to during its six-month Community Heroes campaign.
Next month (February 2023), it will go head-to-head with the 11 other Community Heroes winners in a public vote, with the winner picking up £5,000 in cash and a runner-up getting £1,000.
Bold said £5,000 would be a significant boost for young people in the area. “Our work in the community enables access to sport to some of the city’s most socially and economically deprived children and this is provided free of charge for those who cannot afford it. What we do enables the kids to channel their energy into something positive and keeps them off the streets. Our clubhouse is in desperate need of upkeep, so this funding will enable us to refresh parts of the lounge and make it welcoming to our children and visitors.”
Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “North Bristol RFC impressed us as it is very much a family-centred club that is doing great work in the local community. We’re pleased our funding will make a positive difference, helping to spruce up its facilities and make the venue more suitable for women and girls rugby.”