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Mark Group boost for rugby clubs

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is promoting a new insulation scheme in partnership with the Mark Group to its 1900 clubs.

From February, the leading domestic installer of insulation and renewable energy solutions, will donate £25 to clubs across England for every insulation product installed in member's homes.

The exclusive new scheme will help club members save money on home heating bills and in doing so raise vital funds for their club. The funds raised can be used in any way the club decides such as youth schemes and equipment.

The Mark Group scheme is the brainchild of Martin Corry, former British Lion, England International, and squad member of the victorious 2003 World Cup Winning Team, and Leicester Tigers Captain.

Martin Corry and the Mark Group, which sponsors the Leicester Tigers community department, aim to ensure every home in the UK is properly insulated and the club scheme offers members, friends and family competitively priced insulation products to achieve that.

Any club member that has their home insulated via the scheme will automatically generate a donation to the club of £25 per measure, for example a member having both cavity wall insulation and loft insulation installed would result in a donation of £50 to the club. The scheme is open to friends and relations too. Typical annual savings for installing these measures is up to £150 for loft insulation, depending on existing levels of insulation, and up to £115 for cavity wall insulation.

All clubs who enter the scheme will be entered into a monthly prize draw with the chance to win tickets for England International games, training balls, junior coaching courses run by Leicester Tigers and the top prize for the club that raises the most money; a coaching session by Leicester Tigers Rugby Club with a personal appearance by a member of the first team.

Paul Vaughan, business operations director, RFU said: "The government is asking all of us to become as energy efficient as possible; one way to achieve this is with loft insulation or cavity wall insulation. With this scheme members get offered great prices and a chance to reduce heating bills. The money clubs raise through this scheme can be invested back into the club and the game."

Martin Corry, partnership director at Mark Group said "It really is a no brainer, help members insulate their homes, save them money and help your club. Clubs could raise £50 for every member who keeps warmer this winter."

Members, friends or family can register for their free survey by visiting www.markgroup.co.uk/rugby or by calling freephone 0800 111 4969. An advisor will visit the property at a mutually convenient time and recommend appropriate insulation.