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South Lee, a nursery and school based on Nowton Road that caters for boys and girls aged 2-13 years, has become the official sponsor of the 3G all-weather pitch at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club.
The facility, which the club have revealed is due to undergo a £100,000 refurbishment this summer, provides community sporting space to hire for rugby and football teams as well as numerous other sporting clubs in the area. It is home to more than 100 six and seven-year-old budding rugby players each Sunday, many of whom are pupils at South Lee.
The facility is also used weekly by 35 football teams, the club’s O2 Touch Rugby Squad, club players and the West Suffolk College Rugby Academy, in addition to regular children’s activity camps, schools and party hire.
Chairman of Bury rugby club, Mike Robinson said: “We are delighted to welcome South Lee school as sponsors of the All Weather Pitch.
“As well as having a great many enthusiastic and talented young minis rugby players as pupils who are also club members, South Lee shares with us a mutual interest in developing and encouraging community sport for all in Bury.
“With its refurbishment this summer, the all-weather pitch will provide users with state-of-the-art facility for many years to come.”
Headmaster at South Lee and volunteer rugby club coach, Mervyn Watch added: “South Lee school are both pleased and proud to be sponsoring the rugby club’s All Weather Pitch for the next three years.
“We have a long established connection to the club, and we currently have many of our pupils representing the club week-in week-out, and this training facility means that even our youngest pupils can have the benefits of everything that rugby culture has to offer: camaraderie, team work and a willingness to try your best.
“I hope that the refurbishment will mean that many more of our pupils will gain the benefits of a game that has been a part of my life for the past 30-plus years, including the last five years here with Bury.”