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Gloucester Rugby stars recall grassroots memories to support Aviva Community Fund


27 September 2016

Gloucester Rugby

Gloucester Rugby stars recall grassroots memories to support Aviva Community Fund

Gloucester Rugby have been rolling back the years, dusting off their old childhood memorabilia and reminiscing about their first grassroots amateur sports clubs in support of this year’s Aviva Community Fund.

Billy Twelvetrees, Greig Laidlaw and Ross Moriarty have shared memories of their earlier years, dug out old images complete with over-sized kits, revealed how they came to find rugby from other sports, the life-long friends they made, and the huge importance of grassroots sports clubs in the local community.
The Aviva Community Fund, a nationwide initiative that lends a helping hand to grassroots sports clubs and community causes, has reopened for a second year to offer funding of between £1,000 and £25,000.
This year, Aviva, the proud title sponsor of Aviva Premiership Rugby, has introduced a ‘Sport in the Community’ category, which means the hundreds of thousands of grassroots sports clubs across the UK can apply or reapply for funding in a sport-specific category this time around. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 11th October.
Laidlaw, who started playing rugby at Jed-Forest RFC said:

“Grassroots rugby is massively important, ultimately that's where the next generation of international stars are coming from. If they start by enjoying their rugby and if they have positive nights, it makes them stay in the game and it will make the game better in the long run. I have some great memories, I grew up in a small town of 4,000 people and the rugby club was a huge part of the community.”

Twelvetrees, whose first sports club was actually Wisborough Green Cricket Club added: “The Aviva Community Fund is huge for the uptake of the game, encouraging kids from all sort of backgrounds.”
Moriarty, who started playing rugby at Gorseinon RFC said:

“Coming from an area which was not very wealthy you can struggle for kit and equipment which is very important for teams. For teams who cannot afford things I'm sure they are very thankful and grateful for what they get given through schemes like the Aviva Community Fund.”
Pete Markey, Brand & Marketing Communications Director at Aviva UK, said: 

The Aviva Community Fund is the perfect way for Aviva to help communities come together and support the grassroots sports clubs and local causes that are central to a strong community. Last year, the Aviva Community Fund helped make a difference to hundreds of projects and causes the length and the breadth of the UK and we look forward to helping even more communities this year.”
To enter your club for a chance to secure funding, visit aviva.co.uk/community-fund or search for ‘Aviva Community Fund’.