HENLEY Rugby Club is to go ahead with a refurbishment project in May after smashing its appeal target
HENLEY Rugby Club is to go ahead with a refurbishment project in May after smashing its appeal target.
The club had to raise £175,000 after already receiving pledges of £300,000 in grants and loans by South Oxfordshire District Council and Henley Town Council. Members and supporters raised £200,000.
Club chairman Mike Tretheway said: “I’d like to thank the councils and our members for their efforts.”
The clubhouse refurbishment 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 work will begin at the end of this season and will need to be completed by August ready for the start of the new season.
The second phase, which will cost £300,000, will be to add a changing room block to the clubhouse in 2017. For this, the club will seek funding from the Rugby Football Union and Sport England.
Mr Trethway said: “It will be fantastic. We have always competed on the field and are now in National One, which is huge for Henley.
“What we haven’t done is match that with the facility.”