Southwell Rugby Club has been awarded £50,000 to help improve its facilities.
Southwell Rugby Club chairman Mr Tom Craig (front, left) and clubhouse project co-ordinator Mr Jeremy Berridge are pleased the club has been awarded £50,000. They are with (back) left to right, councillor Mr John Cottee, club president Mr Charlie Anstey, captain Mr Bill Richmond and councillor Mr Bruce Laughton.
The money is from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Sports Legacy Fund, which aims to give £1m to grassroots clubs in the wake of the London Olympics
The first phase of the Southwell club’s plans is to install a new changing-room block designed to provide six changing-rooms, each with shower and toilet areas.
It is hoped work will start in the summer if planning permission is approved by Newark and Sherwood District Council.
When the changing-rooms are complete, the club plans to refurbish the clubhouse, which dates to the 1960s, and build an extension for a front lounge.
The club is also developing a hosting scheme, where other clubs without a permanent base can use the changing and social facilities.
Chairman Mr Tom Craig said: “The club is delighted to hear of the success of its application to Nottinghamshire County Council for a £50,000 grant, and responsibility now rests with us to deliver a true legacy project for the benefit of the club, the town, and the community generally.
“The clubhouse and facilities have served the purpose well in the past, but they don’t meet modern demands and current standards, particularly as the club now has a very successful and expanding junior rugby section for which the original facilities were never designed.”
As part of its hosting scheme, the club has offered its facilities to Southwell Brincliffe United Hockey Club, Southwell St Mary’s FC and Brackenhurst Men’s Rugby team, which is part of Nottingham Trent University.
Mr Craig said the club would also approach the Rugby Football Union to apply for further grants to help with the project.
“The support given us by the county council has enabled us to approach the rugby body with confidence for assistance for our project,” Mr Craig said.
“As this project has moved from a dream into reality, we will be seeking support from individuals and businesses within the town to assist the delivery of a true legacy project for the long-term benefit of local sport and community generally.
“We want to thank all those who have supported us and shown confidence in our plans and application.”
Mr John Cottee, chairman of the culture committee at the county council, said: “We are determined to ensure we build on the legacy of the Olympic Games without delay.”
Any sports clubs, individuals, or businesses interested in the project can contact Mr Craig on 07551 959531 or project co-ordinator Jeremy Berridge on 07808 635673.
Norwood Park Golf Club received £21,750 from the Sports Legacy Fund to develop short game facilities.
q More on the Sports Legacy Fund: Page 35.