The Maroon and light blue side applied for and received the Lottery's maximum award of £10,000 care of a considered Awards for All application submitted back in July 2007. Solihull MP, Lorely Burt lent her support providing guidance as well as acting as the ladies independent referee: "These women have achieved wonders: not just on the playing field where they excel but by operating on a shoe-string to compete in a national league…I cannot think of a more deserving team of people to get a helping hand from lottery money."
Picture courtesy of Sandy Kilby
The successful application, entitled "National Challenge, Local Delivery" will see the funding split three-ways: to assist the senior women in their National Championship campaign, to help promote the game of rugby for girls and women throughout the borough and for kit for the junior girls (U15 & U18) sections.
Press Officer Jo Kilby comments: "the team is absolutely delighted. The award will contribute to some of our biggest expenses notably travel, coaching and physio costs. We also want to deliver some more community-based coaching projects and a budget for that as well as for promotional materials has been provided."
Pictures courtesy of Sandy Kilby
"The money is great, but its not limitless so we have to make sure we use these funds responsibly, laying the foundations now by getting involved with schools, HE/FE, Council initiatives and like-minded organisations for example allows us to ultimately invest in the team's long term future whilst providing positively for the needs of our community today" adds Kilby.
Camp Hill, having started the new season where they left off, with two wins from two, will face their sternest challenge to date as they front up to Waterloo this weekend (Sunday 07.10.07) - the impressive Liverpool side have never lost to the Midlands side so to catch what should be a "battle-royale" for second place in the division, get down to Camp Hill RFC this Sunday, kick off: 2.30pm, entry: FOC...or to see something you've never seen before…
…get down for 1.30pm to catch a glimpse of the Inaugural Camp Hill Mom's-Social TAG Rugby Final. Orchestrated by junior coach Annie Sheppard as a Club fund-raising idea, with coaching assistance courtesy of the 1st XV ladies, the culmination of 10 weeks structured but enjoyable training has seen a remarkable turn of events: "at the very first session there were 3 ladies, at last weeks' session there was 20! The key is, we have a lot of fun which helps the ladies pick up instruction quickly, they then bring their mates and family members down…the uptake has been amazing" says 1st XV Captain Becci Lewis.
The WAGs will play the TAGs!! in the first (known) game of its kind. So to support a worthy cause get down to the Camp Hill RFC for 1.30pm to enjoy an afternoon of keenly contested women's rugby or to find out more about how you too can play girls' or women's rugby visit www.chrfc.co.uk (ladies pages).
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