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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-07-10

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Sale Sharks team up with energy giant to deliver Wirral rugby project

Girls take part in drills at Sale Sharks’ summer residential camp.

THE Sale Sharks have joined forces with 1 of Europe's leading energy groups to launch a new Wirral based project, designed to get more girls into rugby; and encourage disabled or elderly people to be more active. DONG Energy, which operates the Burbo Bank Extension Wind Farm, that is located off the coast of the Wirral and South Sefton, has provided, with its partners, a grant of more than 10,000 pounds to fund the 12 month project. Coaches from the award winning Sale Sharks Community Trust will kick off 28 weeks of sessions designed to encourage girls to play the game with a special event, at Oldershaw RUFC, in Wallasey. And at the same time, coaches will also be delivering 28 weeks of inclusive tag rugby and walking rugby at Birkenhead Park RUFC aimed at encouraging non-traditional rugby playing groups; like the elderly or disabled; to join the club and get involved.

Girls take part in drills at Sale Sharks’ summer residential camp.

Sale Sharks Inclusion Officer Vicky Irwin said:- "We're incredibly grateful to DONG Energy and its partners for the support and funding they've provided to deliver this fantastic project. The Women's Rugby World Cup has just finished and we saw how popular that was and how it inspired girls to pick up a rugby ball. Now we want to make sure we provide opportunities to capitalise on that by giving as many girls as possible the chance to get involved in the game. We also know how powerful rugby can be in terms of helping to combat social isolation, which is a real issue for elderly and disabled people. This work can make a really positive impact on people's lives in Wirral and we're excited to get this project underway."

Natasha Nanuck, a Stakeholder Advisor from DONG Energy, said:- "We're absolutely committed to being part of the communities where we operate, like the Wirral, and so I'm delighted to see funds from the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund going to such a worthwhile local project. Our presence in the North West is something we're very proud of and the reason we set up this fund is to help make a difference locally. Getting more people in the area to be active through rugby is a great initiative and one that we're very happy to be supporting."

For more information on the project email Vicky Irwin, or visit:- SaleSharks.Com/Community, to find out more about the work of the Sale Sharks Community Trust.

The walking rugby players at one of Sharks’ Trafford sessions.

Did you know that:- The Sale Sharks are 1 of the leading professional Rugby Union clubs in Europe and the pride of the North West. Historically based in the Manchester suburb of Sale, but now playing at AJ Bell Stadium, the Sharks compete in the Aviva Premiership, having played in England's top flight since 1994.

About Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund...

The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the North Wales and English coast, off the Irish Sea, within a defined area. Approximately ₤225,000 is available each year. The Fund is split equally between 2 annual funding rounds. There are 2 levels of grants available:-

►  Small grants between ₤500 and ₤5,000.

►  Main grants between ₤5,001 and ₤25,000.

Applications to the Fund are made using an online application system via the GrantScape website.

 

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