Changing fortunes at Bracknell Rugby Club
Published: 23 Oct 2013 17:300 comments
The club had its official opening of the facility on Saturday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee.
The revamp includes new and properly segregated first-team, opposition, women’s and referee dressing rooms as well as a disabled toilet.
There are extra changing rooms too, to cope with tournaments, and refurbished shower facilities.
The £90,000 project was started in early July and completed in time for the new season in August.
Ian Hallam, the club’s chairman, said: “It makes a massive difference. Everyone who has visited the club since the rooms have been open have been gobsmacked.
“These facilities will now mean we can try to match the club’s ambitions to reach new heights.
“Hopefully it will inspire a new generation and encourage players and others to stay longer.”
Without grants from Sport England (£50,000), the Rugby Football Foundation (£5,000) and Bracknell Forest Council (£8,000), the development would not have been possible, Mr Hallam admits.
The formal opening was also attended by Bracknell Forest Council mayor Jan Angell and Bracknell town mayor Alvin Finch.
A commemorative plaque to signify Dr Lee’s role in opening the facility was also unveiled.
Dr Lee said: “I remember coming here years ago as a player for Marlow and the changing rooms were dark and dingy.
“However, now they look wonderful and so bright and clean. It is a fantastic club and it is a huge pleasure to be here.”