Newark Rugby Club gain funding for clubhouse project
A grant of £49,660 has been awarded by the community action fund of WREN, the not-for-profits business that awards grants for community projects. The grant will be used to provide new toilet facilities for both ladies and men, for the disabled, as well as accommodating a baby changing area in what is Phase 2 of the project.
When completed, the new clubhouse will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the use of over 500 players, including four senior men’s team, mini and youth teams from six upwards and a girls and ladies section.
Alan Swain, the President said that the WREN funding was a most welcome addition to a list of funding partners for the overall project, including Sport England and the Rugby Football Union.
Mr Swain said: “This funding from WREN will be a real boost to this development which will benefit the whole rugby community who play at the club’s Kelham Road base.
“The club started work on the project some four years ago and the member have raised well over £200,000 towards the cost of the project.
“The aim is to have a new facility that’s fit for the 21st Century, not just for the rugby club but for the community and other sports organisations.”
Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire says: “We are delighted to be supporting redevelopment of the sports facilities at the club and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for people across Newark. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”.
The Newark club have played at Kelham Road since the 1950s. The present clubhouse was originally an Army hut and was moved across town in sections to be rebuilt enabling the club to become a leading junior club in the Midlands where international players have taken their first steps.
Among Newark ‘old boys’ are Dusty Hare, the Grand Slam-winning full-back of the 1980s, John Wells, a former England coach, Scotland international Tom Ryder and a number of recent England youth internationals in Ben Usher, Ben Dixon and James Newman.
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