YORK Rugby Union Football Club has received a £1,000 donation from a local housebuilder towards its planned new stand for 150 spectators.

The Clifton Park club is awaiting planning permission for the stand to replace its current one, which needs to be repaired due to wear and tear and being vandalised.

The expected new Wood-Butler stand - in honour of both Jack M Wood, a former player, captain, president and Lord Mayor of York and Donald Butler, former player, captain and volunteer for 69 years - will cost in the region of £140,000.

The donation will support the stand’s rebuilding costs and comes as part of Persimmon’ Homes’ Community Champions initiative, which sees 64 good causes across Great Britain awarded up to £1,000 every month.

Jonny Frank for the club said: “This support from Persimmon Homes is wonderful news for the club. It will help to get us closer to providing a stand and facilities that both our players and supporters deserve.

“We are hopeful of securing planning consent and our designs for the Wood-Butler stand will make it accessible for all. It will feature accessibility ramps, a specific area for wheelchair users, catering facilities for match days, toilets and storage areas.”

Scott Waters, managing director for Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said: “Community sporting clubs provide a very important role in the local area, and we are very pleased to support York RUFC’s impressive new stand.”

For more information or to apply for Persimmon Homes Community Champions, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.

To check out this planning application (ref: 21/01946/FUL), visit: https://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/

For the latest public notices, check The Press daily and online at: www.yorkpress.co.uk/announcements/public_notices/