Drifters’ dou­ble boost

RUGBY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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