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Barking Rugby Club and SportHouse at Mayesbrook Park will work together on community projects.

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Barking Rugby Club have agreed a partnership deal with the SportHouse at Mayesbrook Park.

First team players enjoyed their first session at the arena — used as a training base during the Olympics —last week and will continue to have full use of the gym and sports halls as and when required.

Fifteen memberships have been given to the squad to use the facilities and Paul Spencer, the membership and marketing manager of SportHouse, is only too happy the venue can help the National Two South outfit.

“One of things SportHouse is keen to do is get involved with local sports and get out there in the local community,” he said.

“Barking Rugby Club have got a lot of good community projects on at the moment as well so that made it an obvious point to start.

“The first team players have use of the facilities and there are 15 named players that will have free memberships.”

The Gale Street side will promote the Mayesbrook Park-based facility through their youth programme and in conjunction with SportHouse hope to run tag rugby tournaments at the venue.

“We’re looking to get some touch rugby going on in the sporthall with the children,” said Spencer. “Another key part of the partnership is to get our name out there in the community to let people know that we are here.

“That’s a big thing at the moment. People know we are here but they don’t realise that it is for them.”

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