01:06AM, Friday 13 July 2012
A rugby club which wants to enable disadvantaged children to carry on playing the sport has received support from by The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.
Maidenhead RFC, in Braywick Road, has successfully applied for a grant of £1,500 from the trust.
It will use the money to establish a bursary scheme for the benefit of existing and potential youth members whose families are experiencing financial hardship.
Club chairman John Wanklyn was delighted to have received the funds.
"It is brilliant," he said. "I am aware of families who really struggle. This money ensures kids can keep playing rugby.
"It will keep 10 or 15 youngsters involved in the club who couldn't previously afford to carry on."
The new bursary fund aims to be in place for the start of the new season in September and will provide subsidised or free membership for children who want to play rugby.
Maidenhead RFC has a thriving youth section which develops more then 600 players from the ages of five up to 17.
John, who has been chairman at the club for four-and-a-half years, said the idea of supporting children whose families were unable to afford to keep paying membership fees had been discussed for a number of years.
Louis Baylis trustee Peter Sands said: "We looked at this scheme and felt it was worthy because it gives real support to everyone, whatever their financial situation is.
"It enables disadvantaged children to achieve the same opportunity."
The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust owns Baylis Media Ltd which publishes the Maidenhead Advertiser.
Baylis Media deputy chairman Jason Baylis said he was pleased to see the money donated to a local cause and help disadvantaged children continue playing the sport.
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