Shining a light on local sports

Cllr Ritchie on the rugby fieldWe've helped Berkhamsted Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC) to a brighter future with a £2,200 community grant.

The funding will be used to repair the club’s floodlights at its ground at Lockhart Field, Cow Roast. Since the club’s generator broke in November 2015 the club has been forced to train on common land or in parks - where they could find a little light.

The club hopes the improved training facilities will help get more people into the sport and that it can expand to create a second team.

Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Residents and Corporate Services, said: “Our community grant funding aims to help small organisations, such as Berkhamsted RUFC, grow and flourish. This is a great opportunity for the club to expand and draw more people into sport. Any not-for-profit organisation, charity or community group who are making a difference can apply for a community grant. Our residents have diverse needs and interests, so we make these funds available to help everyone in the borough live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life as part of the community.”

Dan Prince, Honorary Treasurer at Berkhamsted RUFC, said: “We would like to offer our thanks and gratitude to Dacorum Borough Council for the community grant that we were awarded this year to cover the cost of repairing our tower lights, something that as a self-funded club, we simply could not afford. Without operational tower lights we are unable to train in the winter and this in turn has a huge impact on our fitness levels and player retention. We are actively seeking new members, so regardless of age or ability, if you want to play rugby with a great bunch of guys at one of Berkhamsted’s best sporting venues, then please get in touch.”

Local Borough Councillor Tom Ritchie (pictured), who is also the current Mayor of Berkhamsted, went out on the rugby field to get to know some of the players: “It’s been great to have the opportunity to meet Berkhamsted RUFC players and see first-hand how our community grant funding is helping to support local sports clubs. If there are any more local clubs out there who need a helping hand providing sports facilities for your members, please remember to get your application in before the January deadline.”

Could a community grant of up to £5,000 help your community, voluntary, arts or sporting group to benefit residents of Dacorum?

Find out more and apply online for a community grant at For support with your application, or if you have any further questions, please email or call 01442 228213.

The next round of community grant funding closes at 12pm on Friday 27 January 2017.

For more information about Berkhamsted RUFC, please visit