FEATHERSTONE LIONS ARLFC
We are a community based Rugby League club in Featherstone, West Yorkshire with members from age 6 upto and including adults. Our open age first team is currently in the National Conference League Division 1 having gained promotion two years running. The second team playes in the Yorkshire Men's Leage and the junior section; Under 7s to Under 16s are in the Yorkshire Junior Leage.
Our club ethos is 'inculsion for all' and this being said we keep our membership and subs fees to a minimum, therefore meaning that the club relies heavily on donations and sponsorship to gain new kits, equipment and pitch/clubhouse repairs and upgrades; which in itself is a difficult task.
We are looking to install solar panels to the club with a view to becoming electrically self sufficient and carbon neutral, thus being able to run the club full time without the expence of electric which is so important for the smoothing running of the clubhouse, bar, kitchen and changing areas.
The solar panel project is something that has been in the working for a long time, having had a previous project company go into administration, utlimately leaving the club looking for a new supporter or making a difficult decision to put the project on long term hold until such time as funding is sourced.
The clubhouse is not only used for the rugby side, we have local people that use the facility for meetings, parties, training, courses, etc. and we even have a local facility that uses the area during the day for schooling children with behavioural problems so the overall benefit of a project on this scale is enormous. It ultimately means a safe and secure environment for people to come, learn a new skill, play sport, make friends and keep kids off the streets.
The club has a full coaching team of volunteers along with voluntary background staff, child welfare and committee. We have a full child protection policy with the full backing of the RFL and feel that this is a wonderful place for children to come and join in, giving them a sence of pride in the club and teaching them values that will benefit them into adulthood.
We have been lucky to receive some funding recently from the Danny Jones Fund to help purchase a club defibrillator to ensure the players and spectators to the club are more protected and it just goes to show what support people have for local projects; it's just unfortunate that the rugby league is not on a scale such as football that receives ample funding for their clubs.
I thank you for reading our story and hope that you feel we are a worthy cause to benefit from this wonderful funding opportunity, I know that the children within the club would thank you all with the help to keep the club running, warm and bright for their enjoyment.