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Kippax Rugby League club are celebrating after being awarded £50,000 from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund to improve their pitches.

RFL Director of Participation David Gent said: “We are absolutely delighted that Kippax have been successful in applying to Sport England’s protecting Playing Field’s Fund and would like to congratulate them.

“The club has an active and forward-thinking group of volunteers who have worked very hard, with the support of Leeds City Council and Alderman Parker, to improve their facilities.

“The RFL is also delighted to support the club further through its Pitch Improvement Programme which delivers high quality maintenance work to improve the game’s natural turf pitches.”

Kippax Rugby League club have been strong for a number of years and operate many sports from the Miners Welfare club. Their Rugby league section is currently growing, largely due to a forward thinking and active committee.

They have recently formed a Masters Rugby League team which keeps players involved in the sport and have a thriving mini section between the ages of 4-6 which ensures the club’s future development.

The club has existing problems due to the main Rugby League pitch overlapping with the cricket pitch. The secured funding will be used to create a new pitch to ease the burden on the main pitch and this will vastly improve the playing facilities for all players at the club.

Kippax Rugby League club Trustee Alderman Keith Parker said: “We are dreadfully short of playing facilities and we hope this funding will benefit all the younger age groups at the club.

“We’re hoping that work will begin in spring and it could take 18 months, once it’s completed the committee will look at the best use for the new pitch.

“We’ve got a very well-run club and around 30 parents are qualified as coaches alongside big names like Andy Lynch who coaches the Under-7s.

“We’d like to thank Sport England for this funding. We’re looking at further advancement in the future and have ambitious plans for the club.”

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