Menu

All UCLan rugby games to be played at Preston Grasshoppers in Fulwood

Posted on - 21st November, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Education, Fulwood, Greyfriars, Preston News, Sport, UCLan
Women’s rugby

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has strengthened its relationship with Preston Grasshoppers RFC as it has made Lightfoot Green its new home for rugby union training and matches.

Advertisement

All of UCLan’s men’s and women’s rugby union teams will play their BUCS League fixtures at Hoppers, including utilising the state of the art 4G AstroTurf usually reserved for the Grasshoppers men’s first team, and enjoying post-match hospitality with visiting teams in the Club’s bar and lounge.

The players will also receive free membership to the Club, allowing them to play for Preston Grasshoppers alongside their University team.

Read more: Ingol’s Dobcroft Nature Reserve to welcome tours and visitors

Katie Sanderson, Vice President of Activities for UCLan Students Union, who also plays UCLan women’s rugby union, said: “It is great to be able to use the facilities of such a well established local club.

“We’ve been made to feel really welcome and can’t wait to continue to build our links between University rugby and that of Preston Grasshoppers.”

The move marks another milestone in UCLan’s long-standing association with the rugby club, with students already gaining coaching, first aid and journalism experience through Hoppers.

Preston Grasshoppers’ General Manager Richard Ellis said: “We are delighted to continue and enhance our long-running relationship with UCLan. 

“We already have students gaining valuable first aid experience with our mini-junior rugby section on a Sunday, and we have journalism students covering matches for us too.  We hope the students enjoy coming to Preston Grasshoppers and come along at other times to socialise and enjoy a first team match.”

In addition, UCLan’s archery and squash teams will also make Grasshoppers their new home and make use of the Club’s multipurpose rifle range and squash courts.

Dr Adrian Ibbetson, Director of Sport at UCLan, said: “We’re really excited to extend our already successful relationship with Preston Grasshoppers. It means our students can not only utilise the Club’s excellent facilities for their University home matches, they can also train with and play for a Club with an excellent reputation for talent development.”

UCLan will provide a shuttle service for students from the Preston Campus to Lightfoot Green on training and match days.

See what’s happening near you by entering your postcode below or visit InYourArea



Read moreSee the latest Preston news and headlines

Share
Preston in pictures Preston MarinaAvenueIt's Winter nowSlack Tide, Preston156_425-0427257Mounted Police1107 Wigan L.I.P. to Wigan L.I.P. View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's weekly newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday rounding up our best content from the last week and a look ahead to what's happening.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.