West Yorkshire And West Midlands Pitches Already Open

There are two new pitches opened by the England Rugby and they are both installed with artificial grass. The launching events for the pitches, West Yorkshire and West Midlands, took place at Keighley RUFC and Stourbridge RFC. These two are addition to the first five pitches that were opened last year at County Durham, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Lancashire and Somerset. The choice to use synthetic turf is mainly because of artificial grass benefits.

A legacy was made by England Rugby during the Rugby World Cup 2015 and their investment to the Rugby 365 is one way to fulfill it. Their legacy is to give more than £50 million in a span of four years into the creation of pitches made of artificial grass all over England.

Jason Robinson, the former England international, together with John Spencer, the president of RFU, launched the latest pitch in West Yorkshire. The event was held in Keighley on December 16 with hundreds of people in the audience watching. That same day there was a school festival and three matches.

The chairman of Keighley RUFC, Sam Griffin, said that the pitch creates a huge impact during their game and it brought some huge changes to their club as well. He added that it is the reason why there are changes as well as improvement within their club.

Ken Dyson, a member of the club, said that it is important for them to have the pitch as well as to the whole community and everyone who came to the opening. The new pitch is a tool for them to be able to improve their game and it is created in the hopes of benefiting the community.

Stourbridge RFC’s opening, on the other hand, occurred on December 5 which was spearheaded by the Stourbridge MP, Margot James and RFU’s Peter Wheeler. In attendance is the president of Stourbridge RFC, Nick Perry, chairman of Stourbridge RFC, Robin Edwards and the patron of Stourbridge RFC, Jackie Jeavons-Fellows.

The facility was able to showcase the artificial grass benefits and it is a good way for them to encourage local organizations and educational institutions to be more proactive when it comes to rugby.