Olympic-sized cash boost for rugby club

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The London 2012 Olympics will leave a long lasting impression on Chinnor Rugby Club in Thame after it secured more than £38,000 from the Inspired Facilities Fund.

The fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.

Chinnor, along with every sports facility that receives funding, will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

The club, which will be featured in The Gazette’s sister paper The Bucks Herald regularly next season, will receive £38,700 of National Lottery funding to upgrade facilities at the Rectory Pavilion club house.

The Kingsey Road club has already helped thousands of young people get into sport since it was opened back in 1986.

Among those who have graduated from the club Dave Seymour, the current captain of Premiership side Sale and Commonwealth silver medallist who spent his early years in both the mini and junior teams.

The funds will go to upgrade the shower and changing areas of the club, making it more accessible for all.

Sport England’s chairman, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting legacy for Thame and its surrounding area.”

Club president, Simon Vickers, said: “We can upgrade the quality of our facilities to match our coaches and volunteers’ commitment to the club. It’s a cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club with facilities to match.”