England Rugby 2015, the organising committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, has been working closely with the RFU and WRU to ensure that as many clubs as possible are benefiting from the tournament. In total, 392 clubs in England and 45 clubs in Wales have been offered equipment that was used at match venues, ranging from tables and chairs to fencing, lockers and bar furniture.
Leaving a legacy
Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Steve Brown, said: "We are pleased to be able to leave a tournament legacy for clubs, schools and team bases around the country. When purchasing all the equipment, we made sure that we had a future use in mind to minimise waste, from rugby balls to medical equipment. I hope that this will help benefit grassroots rugby in England and Wales.”
The 42 team bases that were used during the tournament have also benefited, with all of the bases able to keep pitch kit and equipment that was brought in for the participating teams. On top of that, 30 of the team bases have received training equipment that was used by the teams.
RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger said: "It was important at the outset that our rugby clubs were given the opportunity to benefit from furniture, fittings and equipment used during the tournament. We are delighted to see it being put to good use already by so many clubs up and down the country from traffic cones and bar stools in Bodmin, Cornwall, to Tensa barriers and folding tables at Acklam in North Yorkshire.”
Local schools benefit
The RFU's Kick Start schools (22 schools within a mile of Twickenham who are signed up to the programme) were given banners, bunting, stationery, ruck sacks, caps, t-shirts and literature prior to the semi-finals so that they could feel part of the celebration of rugby.
Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Martyn Phillips, said: "Delivering eight high-quality spectator events as part of a record-breaking Rugby World Cup is something we're incredibly proud of at the WRU. This strong profile for rugby is something we continue to work on to ensure we get more people, and new people, involved in the game. The recycling initiative for rugby clubs is a great example of a legacy project which aims to reward the support of community clubs with access to the best facilities.”
Other aspects of the dissolution programme include:
- Equipment given to the RFU for use during next year's World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester
- Umpire chairs used by volunteers outside venues given to the Lawn Tennis Association for distribution to tennis clubs
- Used match balls included in World Rugby’s Memorabilia Programme, allowing fans to get a piece of the tournament
- Medical equipment used during the tournament distributed to grassroots rugby clubs