This week Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by Mark Newson the secretary of Dagenham Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC). Starting in 1991, the club now boasts a membership of around 250 people including teams for both boys and girls as well as adults. The club have worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to create a safe and readily available space for the children of The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to play sports in a structured and progressive manner. This helps keep them off the streets and provides valuable life skills they can take into the future. The club tries to offer this for its youth section for little or no subscriptions and, as such, is heavily reliant on the generosity of sponsors, grants, the members and the local community.
Jon has been regularly liaising with both The Council and DRUFC in relation to delivering improvements to the existing building. A survey will be undertaken by The Council to determine what operational repairs and maintenance are required.
In the meantime, whilst DRUFC awaits The Councils survey, they are trying to raise funds to replace their ageing showers. The showers are essential to the club but unfortunately very temperamental.
On the 28th May this year, a fellowship of DRUFC club members will be taking on a sponsored half marathon (13.6 miles) from the club’s headquarters to The Rugby Tavern in Bloomsbury, London. All money raised will be put towards getting the showers replaced and painting the changing rooms. This will enable the club to continue to provide rugby for the community for many years to come.
If you would like to donate to the cause or find out more about the services Dagenham Rugby Union Football Club offer, please follow the links below.
DRUFC Home page: Dagenham Rugby Union Football Club Est. 1991 (dagenhamrufc.co.uk)
Jon Cruddas MP: “Dagenham Rugby Union Football Club is a great community club who provide invaluable coaching to residents of all ages. It also gives young people a fun but safe socialising space. I will continue to liaise with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council and push for the funding that the club so rightly deserves.”