Cheltenham Saracens receive Natwest grant towards community DIY weekend

CHELTENHAM Saracens are one of only 12 clubs in the country to be selected by NatWest Rugby Force to receive a grant of £1,500 towards their community weekend of DIY.

The King George V playing fields club was chosen by a panel of judges, as it was felt they would benefit greatly from the extra funding.

Saracens have recently completed a £50,000 lottery-funding refurbishment and this extra grant enabled them to carry out further improvements and redecoration.

The mayor of Cheltenham Simon Wheeler, visited the club during the DIY weekend, where more than 30 volunteers turned up, helping to paint and clean the clubhouse.

He was impressed by the progress the club had made since taking over the lease of the clubhouse four years ago, considering it had stood unused for over 20 years.

The weekend brought the community together with young and old helping out and Cheltenham’s MP Martin Horwood even made an appearance to lend a hand.

Police figures have shown a two-thirds reduction in crime in the area since Saracens occupied the clubhouse and local residents, councillors and police have shown overwhelming support for the club.

After gaining promotion this year from Gloucester One, they are now developing their youth section this season and are offering free rugby development sessions this August, for children starting secondary school in September.

For further information on the free rugby sessions for Under-12s, email

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