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Rugby Union: Cov say thanks for late reprieve; RUGBY UNION: Club thanks well-wishers for their support.

Byline: By John Wilkinson

COVENTRY RUGBY CLUB said thanks to its supporters and the people of the city yesterday after the RFU confirmed they would be allowed to carry in playing in National League One next season.

The club issued a brief statement after rugby's top brass confirmed yesterday's Coventry Telegraph story that the club had been saved.

It said: "Coventry RFC has been overwhelmed by the support shown by fans, supporters and the people of Coventry. The amount raised is a great testament to the loyalty and spirit of all the true Coventry supporters.

"The commitment shown by supporters, players and staff to keeping Coventry Rugby in Coventry demonstrates the passion each individual feels towards the club."

A further statement, which will also outline plans for the season, will be made shortly.

The RFU, in the shape of the chairman of the management board Martyn Thomas, also acknowledged the key role played by the fans and Coventry public in keeping the club alive through their support of the Telegraph-led appeal, which has raised in excess of pounds 50,000 in just two weeks towards a performance security bond.

"The great effort made by Coventry's supporters to raise the money needed says a great deal about the esteem in which the club is held and we now hope that they can move on and enjoy a successful season in National League One," said Thomas.

Although the green light has been given for Cov to carry on playing, the appeal remains open and fund-raising must go on to push towards the pounds 100,000 target.

Well wishers can continue to contribute through all Coventry Building Society branches and online, and a new initiative aimed at finding 15 backers to each contribute pounds 2,000 has been launched.

"It's been a remarkable effort so far and we are very grateful to the RFU for the way they have responded to what has been appening in this city," said appeal fund trustee John Butler.

"But the hard work has to continue and we can not afford to sit back and be complacent. We hope that all people who were thinking of making a contribution will now come forward and do so."

Details of the new initiative can be obtained by e-mailing john.wilkinson@coventrytele-graph.net

HOW YOU CAN HELP

YOU can contribute to the performance bond by cash or cheque at any branch of Coventry Building Society quoting account number 60786949.

Cheques should be made payable to "Coventry Rugby Club Trust." If you have internet banking you can make a direct payment quoting the Society's sort-code 40-63-01 and account number 60786949. You do not need to quote an additional reference number.

The building society is simply accepting contributions to the fund. The welfare of the fund will be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees managing the Coventry Rugby Club Appeal.

They will decide what should happen to the money if it is refunded to them at the end of the two-year security period.

The trustees will issue a refund for those who have proof of contributions (receipts are only available when making a contribution over the counter at a branch of the Coventry Building Society). The trustees may opt to donate any cash which is not refunded to charity, possibly a local rugby cause.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 4, 2008
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