Drifters’ double boost
DRIFTERS Rugby Club were handed a double boost this week in the shape of two much-needed grants.
First up was a £5,000 gift from the Rugby Football Foundation, which will go towards a new roof for the Farnham Common-based side’s clubhouse.
This follows the £5,000 for pitch drainage in 2012 and £10,000 for ground maintenance equipment in 2013 the club has already received from the RFU.
The club also this week received £1,000 from the Bucks County RFU, which will help its colts section retain current players and recruit new ones.
U15s manager Duncan Caldwell put together the project, which will include some advertising and coaching sessions in local schools.
The U15s are also celebrating striking a new shirt sponsorship deal with London-based film and TV camera rental company VMT.tv, with their new shirts due for delivery this month.
One of the company’s directors, Kevin Oaten, is a Hedgerley resident and has become involved with Drifters through his nephew, Gregory Oaten, over the past couple of seasons.
Off the pitch, however, it was not such a good week for the club, with the first team beaten 36-3 by Aylesbury to leave them thirdbottom in Southern Counties North.
Neighbours Beaconsfield, who they host on Saturday week, remain just out of reach, despite them going down 17-15 at home to Bicester last Saturday.