Sale Sharks team up with
energy giant to deliver Wirral rugby project
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.
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.
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
For more information on the project
Vicky Irwin, or visit:-
to find out more about the work of the Sale Sharks Community Trust.
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
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