A Maryport based amateur rugby league club are set to receive funding from CreatedBy Capital to support the much needed replacement of their clubhouse roof.

Glasson Rangers ARLFC has received funding from the Rugby League World Cup 2021 grants system CreatedBy Captial as well as Ewanrigg Local Trust, to replace the roof on their clubhouse as it was in a state of disrepair.

The club’s First team coach and committee member Chris Fisher said that it is a relief for the side as the Covid-19 crisis has put a financial strain on the club.

“We have been hit hard by Covid-19 as any other club has.”

Glasson Ranger’s continuation after lockdown was in doubt as the clubhouse would have cost thousands to repair and the Glassonbury charity music festival is unlikely to go ahead.

Fisher said: “That’s one of the biggest things that keeps the club going.

“We’ve had various damage over the years with the storms, it’s been repaired bit by bit.

He said: “We were quoted 24,000 for it which a small rugby club with our income couldn’t afford.”

Fisher added that the lifeline thrown by CreatedBy Capital and Ewanrigg Local Trust is a positive move for the community.

“We’ve got a significant number of young people playing at the club.”

He said: “What we needed more than anything is a roof over our heads to support our youth teams.

“It’s a great outlet for a lot of kids, it brings a lot of benefits in the community.”

The Glasson clubhouse is also used by community groups and organisations.

In a post to social media, MP Mark Jenkinson said: “Great news that Glasson Rangers has been awarded CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme funding, supported by the RFL and Sport England to replace the club roof.

“Well done to all involved in the bid.”

The donation to Glasson Rangers was separate to the latest round of funding for community projects.

Fisher said: “It’s from the same pot of money but it’s for whatever you need it for.

“Alan Davidson RLFC officer for Cumbria contacted the club with a grant application, we were made aware that there was funding available to do that.

“We have got to give thanks to Alan for that.”

The CreatedBy Capital programme aimed at improving or creating facilities is funded by government investment and delivered in partnership with the RFL and Sport England.