MP Iain Stewart has praised MK Rugby Union Football Club (MKRUFC) for its 2015 Rugby Balls initiative.
After securing funding from local organisations and individuals including MK Community Foundation and Leap, MKRUFC have started giving away hundreds of Rugby Balls in the local community.
The initiative is aimed at engaging MK residents with the upcoming Rugby World Cup with all the balls numbered and entered into a raffle for tickets.
Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart said, “This is a wonderful initiative from MK Rugby Club. It is great that MK is hosting three World Cup games but for those that didn’t manage to get a ticket it’s still important they feel part of the tournament and initiatives like this will do that.”
Mr Stewart added: “I congratulate the Chairman Gary Pinder and everyone else at MKRUFC for getting this all organised. I hope to see people in parks across MK playing the game over the coming months.”
Roger Fennemore, Chairman of Leap commented, “As the organisation responsible for grassroots sport and physical activity across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes we want to encourage as many people as possible to be inspired by the Rugby World Cup.
“To play tag rugby, touch rugby, mini rugby, junior rugby, wheelchair rugby, adult full-contact or vets rugby you need rugby balls.
“Together with Milton Keynes RFC putting 3,600 balls into a range of community settings will simply enable more people to engage with the 2015 Rugby World Cup and have a physical connection with the sport.”
If you are local community group and would like to receive some Rugby Balls please email firstname.lastname@example.org