The grant, which has been awarded to support activities and projects making a positive difference to local communities, will go towards funding the All Golds’ re-invigorated Rugby League Festival for schoolchildren that takes place this Friday, 10 May, and the Primary Schools Festival in July.
The All Golds are set to receive £1900 from the County Councillor-led grants programme and the funding has gone towards obtaining the equipment to be used in the 1908 Cup for boys and the Golden Fern Cup for girls taking place at the Festival at St Peters High School, Tuffley.
Initially founded in 2008, the tournaments have not been held for the last two years and the funding will help the All Golds reinstate them into the rugby league calendar, as the club hope to establish a player pathway through from school to the adult game.
All Golds Director, Martin Lovegrove, said: “It’s great news to receive this money. It will be a real boost to our efforts to encourage both boys and girls to play the game and develop the talent that is undoubtedly in Gloucestershire.”
Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE (Con: Gloucester – Quedgeley), Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Richard Boyles (Con: Forest of Dean – Blakeney & Bream) and Cllrs Dr Andrew Miller (Con: Gloucester – Tuffley) and David Brown (LD: Gloucester – Barnwood & Hucclecote) all contributed to the award of the grant.
Cllr. Boyles said: “As the cabinet member for Children and Families I was really pleased to be able to support this project. Building team skills and developing exercise and sport habits for life is so important for our young people.”
“I am delighted that the All Golds have organised this rugby tournament for so many young people across Gloucester,” said Cllr Brown. “When I heard about it I didn’t hesitate to support it through the County Council ‘Growing Our Communities’ initiative.
“Events like this provide a tremendous opportunity for youngsters to not only develop their rugby skills and improve their own fitness levels but also help them learn to work together with their peers to overcome challenges.
“Well done to the All Golds and good luck to all those taking part.”
Cllr Miller added: “I’m delighted to be invited to sponsor the All Golds’ 1908 cup for Rugby League at St Peter’s here in Tuffley. It’s a great opportunity to show that Union is not the only code here in Gloucester!
“More importantly, it’s about encouraging all our children to aspire to be the best they can in all areas of life – and it’s important that includes Sport and not just academic achievement.
“I am sorry I cannot be here in person, but I wish all competitors good luck this afternoon.”
Notes to Editors
ABOUT GROWING OUR COMMUNITIES FUND
A County Councillor-led grants programme that invests in Active Communities by supporting projects and activities that will make a positive difference to local communities over a three-year period between 2018 and 2021.
The broad purpose of the scheme is to invest in communities by supporting projects and activities that will make a positive difference to local communities within Gloucestershire, by giving light touch support to community initiatives that:
Contribute to identifying and reducing social isolation
Develop Self Supporting hubs
Digital/Virtual support networks
Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Support Safer Neighbourhoods
County Councillors will support applications and forward onto the Growing Our Communities team.
The final decision on any Growing our Communities Funding to be awarded is made by the Director of Public Health or a delegated officer in consultation with local County Councillors.
ABOUT ALL GOLDS RLFC
Formed in 2018 from the management team of the defunct semi-professional University of Gloucestershire All Golds club and players from the Gloucestershire Warriors community club, the All Golds enjoyed a superb debut season. They secured the West of England title and the Harry Jepson Trophy and were one of only two teams in the UK game to go unbeaten throughout the season.
Promoted to the newly formed Southern Conference League for 2019 the All Golds are focusing on establishing a junior programme for the area to secure a talent pathway for players in rugby league.