Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Rugby club given grant ahead of clubhouse redevelopment

A CHEQUE for £100,000 has been presented to Henley Rugby Club for the redevelopment of its

A CHEQUE for £100,000 has been presented to Henley Rugby Club for the redevelopment of its clubhouse.

Club chairman Mike Trethewey received the cheque at last Tuesday’s meeting of the town council’s finance committee.

He told the committee: “Thank you for your help, without it we wouldn’t be doing what we’re going to do.”

The Hawks play their last home game tomorrow (Saturday) and building work is then set to begin on Tuesday, he added.

The team, which has been relegated and will compete in National League 2 South next season, will play its first home game of the competition on September 10, by which time the work will be finished.

The refurbishment, costing £475,000, is the first phase in a four-year plan. The structure of the building will remain as it is but internally there will be complete refurbishment including a new kitchen and an extension of the bar.

The second phase, which will cost £300,000, will be to add a changing room block to the clubhouse in 2017. This will be housed in a single-storey extension on the western side of the building and will include toilets, which will mean the club will meet Rugby Football Union standards. This part of the development will also include a club shop.

The club will seek funding from the Rugby Football Union and Sport England to help pay for the improvements. The town council had previously agreed to award the grant and a £100,000 loan after agreeing its budget earlier this year.

Finance committee chairman, councillor Will Hamilton, said: “What we’re doing is investing in the infrastructure of the town and the rugby club made a good application.

“It’s to go towards the cost of the clubhouse redevelopment which will then be used to create revenue to put further developments at the club on a good footing.

“We’re supporting all the sports clubs in one way or another and this is the first of many grant cheques.”

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