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Malone RFC has recently completed refurbishment work to its clubhouse at Gibson Park as a result of grant funding.


The refurbished facilities are now fully operational, allowing the club’s members and the wider community to benefit from them. Malone secured grant funding from the Biffa Award totalling £42,000 to completely refurbish the shower areas and also secured £48,000 from the Alpha Programme for work to be undertaken in the club’s changing rooms and toilets. The funding has completely transformed the condition and usability of the facilities, creating a sustainable club that can appropriately cater for its current and ever growing user base including rugby participation (120 minis, four youth teams, five adult teams and girls and women’s rugby) and community engagement. Malone RFC Chairman, Patrick Baird, commented: “We are delighted that the Biffa Award and the Alpha Programme have provided essential monetary support for the realisation of this project. As a club, we are committed to the growth and sustainability of rugby union, building community development initiatives and creating a welcoming space that is suitable for the entire community to benefit from. We are certain that this project will support the continued development of our sporting activities within the community.

“Whilst the funding was essential for the work carried out, it couldn’t have taken place without the many hours of voluntary work that was put in by members of the club, especially my fellow executive members Mark Dowds and Roger Wort, who worked tirelessly alongside myself to ensure the project was a success.” IRFU (Ulster Branch) Domestic Rugby Committee Chairman, John Boyd said: “Rugby union in Ulster would not be the same without the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of volunteers involved at all levels of club rugby. I would like to congratulate Malone RFC and the hard working volunteers involved in this project and wish the club every success with its new facilities.” For further information on funding opportunities for you club, please contact: DAVID JOHNSTON (Club & Community Development Officer) Tel: 028 9049 3111 (ext 257) or email: david.johnston@ulsterrugby.com





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