Skip to main content
31st March 2023

Penrith Sports Club awarded £10,000 grant from Green King IPA fund

Cumbria based wheelchair rugby club, Penrith Pumas WRC, has been awarded a £10,000 cash grant thanks to a fundraising scheme from pub company and brewer Greene King.

Greene King IPA’s donation scheme, known as Proud to Pitch In, recently celebrated its one year anniversary by offering one club a one off grant of £10,000, up from the usual £3,000 Proud to Pitch In grant.

Penrith Pumas WRC, founded in 2021, applied for the grant last year with the aim of expanding their existing facilities & equipment, so more people can get involved in the sport.

With 30+ members across Cumbria, Penrith Pumas is open to a mix of abilities and disabilities – with participants ranging from experienced wheelchair rugby players to total novices.

For the club, the cost of purchasing a single rugby wheelchair can be upwards of three thousand pounds, not including maintenance costs – so the incredible £10,000 lump sum from Proud to Pitch In will go a long way towards providing new equipment.

As a result of the ongoing cost of living crisis, the Penrith Pumas need to do everything they can to make the sport as accessible as possible, including subsidising travel to events, and helping with costs for overnight stay for games.

Megan Pettit, Founder and Managing Director of the Penrith Pumas said: “Wheelchair Rugby is such an amazing sport as it allows people of all ages, abilities and physiques to compete on a level playing field.

“The Penrith Pumas was set up to provide locals with a fun, inclusive and exciting sport in Cumbria, however the current cost of living crisis is making it even harder financially to keep the sport accessible to all.

“We’re so incredibly grateful for the donation from Greene King IPA’s Proud to Pitch In scheme – the money will go straight back into the community and we’re so excited to share the news with our members.”

Emma Hibbert, Head of Marketing for Greene King IPA said: “When reviewing the applications for our anniversary donation scheme, the submission from the Penrith Pumas really resonated with us. Their dedication to supporting the local community and ensuring there’s a role for anyone that wishes to join, whether that’s playing the sport itself or volunteering, officiating or even refereeing, spoke volumes.

“Their offering of an inclusive, accessible and fun sport is clearly central to the Cumbria community, and beyond, and they thoroughly deserve the £10,000 grant.

“To date, over 160 local clubs have been supported by Proud to Pitch in, and over £380,000 has been granted to sports clubs across the UK, funded from the sales of Greene King IPA. We are aiming to give away £1 million to clubs before the end of 2023, so we encourage clubs to apply and share how we can support.”

Greene King is donating 10p from every pint of Greene King IPA and 50p from every 4x500ml can pack sold* to support the Proud To Pitch In scheme.


*In selected venues and packs during defined promotional periods

For more information, or any other media inquiries please contact

Notes to editors

About Greene King:

Greene King is the country’s leading pub company and brewer with c.2,600 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.

At Greene King we are passionate about delivering our purpose to ‘pour happiness into lives’. That’s for our customers, our team, our pub partners, our suppliers and the communities in which we live, operate and serve. Founded in 1799 with offices in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and Burton on Trent in Staffordshire we employ around 39,000 people across the group with four divisions: Greene King pubs, Destination Brands, Partnership and Ventures, and Brewing & Brands.

  • Greene King pubs are located where people and communities come together; pubs enjoyed in cities, towns and villages throughout the country
  • Destination Brands is a mixture of food and drink-led brands including Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Wacky Warehouse, and Pub & Carvery, Pub & Dining and Pub & Grill
  • Partnerships & Ventures which includes our tenanted and leased pubs and Hive Franchise pubs under Pub Partners and our Ventures Brands which is made up of Metropolitan Pub Company, Hickory’s, Hotels Group and Crafted Pubs
  • Brewing & Brands covers the brewing sides of the business. Quality ales are brewed at the Westgate brewery in Bury St Edmunds and the Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar. Our industry-leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, Ice Breaker and Belhaven Best with a range of additional premium beers and seasonal ales

For more information, or any other media inquiries please contact