Rugby club is powering forward to tackle thieves

Mini rugby chairman at Thorney Rugby Club Duncan Davies looking at the damage  at the club where their generator was stolen from EMN-150225-100803009

Mini rugby chairman at Thorney Rugby Club Duncan Davies looking at the damage at the club where their generator was stolen from EMN-150225-100803009

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A rugby club has scored a big win for its future development - after being connected to mains electricity.

Thorney Rugby Club was left powerless when thieves stole their electricity generator in February.

They have been relying on the generosity of members and rival clubs to keep running, with barbecues used to feed parents and fans.

But work is now going ahead to connect the club house - also used by the Peterborough Saxons American Football team and an archery club - to the mains .

Mini rugby chairman the club Duncan Davies said: “Committee members from Thorney rugby club met with Caroline Rowan from Peterborough City Council and are very pleased to announce the council have found the funding we require to start bridging the gap in the finances after our insurance pay out would not cover the full cost. It is hoped that further grants from the RFU and East Midlands RFU will complete the necessary funding for all the work and repairs to be made to bring the facilities back up to standard.”

Work is set to be completed by the start of the season.

A council spokesman said: “We were able to contribute towards the costs of installing Thorney RC’s new electricity supply using money we receive when private developers build in the city. Called Section 106, or S106 agreements, the money received allows us to pay for infrastructure improvements across the city. In this case the new electricity supply was considered an appropriate and worthy investment.”