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Building society backs rugby club

Posted onPosted on 11th Mar

Mansfield Rugby Club has received an £850 donation from Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme for coloured flags to aid safeguarding at match days and training.

The club, based on Eakring Road, is home to several senior teams, as well as junior boys’ and girls’ teams, ranging from under-7s to under-18s.

As a Community Amateur Sports Club, it relies on donations and sponsorship. When all teams are playing at home, there can be more than 200 juniors to organise.

That means co-ordinating playing teams, training groups and visiting teams into sections around the playing pitches is complicated — and having to be in the right place at the right time can be confusing and presents a potential safety and safeguarding issue.

This identified a need to put up colour-coded marker flags and corresponding signage to help all players clearly pick out where they need to be.

Andrew Foster, marketing officer at the rugby club, explained: “The society’s donation means a lot. The signage and flags are a massive boost to the way we can run the club and organise training and game days by clearly signposting to our younger players where they need to be.”

Richard Crisp, commercial development executive at the Mansfield, added: “The popularity of Mansfield Rugby Club speaks for itself when you look at the number of people who turn up for training and matches every week.

“The club stands firmly on its own two feet in being a fantastic asset to the local community, but being able to provide it with a donation to strengthen the great work it already does is exactly what our Community Support Scheme is here for.”