Rugby club given £10,000 grant towards youth coach
HENLEY Rugby Club is to receive a £10,000 grant from the town concil to help pay its youth coach.
The Hawks are also set to be given a 10-year extension on a £30,000 loan from the council to 2016 following an appeal by club chairman Mike Trethewey.
The grant will go towards the £27,000-a-year wages of David “Dai” Maddocks, a prop forward and full-time rugby development officer who regularly visits five schools in the town to teach rugby and other sports.
Mr Trethewey told the council’s finance strategy and management committee that the Hawks were a community club and that Mr Maddocks’ main function was to coach children of all ages using events, a summer camp and a programme for a development team of 13- to 15-year-olds. He said: “The last part of his function is to make sure that coaching is of a consistent and high standard and he does that throughout the season. The proposal for a £10,000 grant is to help all that carry on and so it keeps going and grows.”
Councillor Pam Phillips said: “The idea of having someone visit the schools and improve rugby I am quite happy with that but I am not convinced about postponing the loan for 10 years. The life of the council is four years — that’s two and a half councils.”