Wensleydale RUFC gets £46k towards more improvements

Members of Wensleydale RUFC with Yvonne Peacock, leader of Richmondshire District Council.

An ambitious £650,000 scheme to create a sports and community hub near Leyburn has received another cash boost from Richmondshire District Council.

The Wensleydale Rugby Union Football Club has been awarded £46,717 for its second phase ‘Towards 2017’ project. It received £20,000 for the first stage – Towards 2015.

The community rugby club is looking to build on its success by providing much needed club facilities.

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Phase one included creating new changing rooms and showers, improvements to the main clubroom and bar, and a new kitchen.

This second phase will extend the clubroom space, and creating a welcoming entrance with male, female and disabled toilet facilities and an office.

It is hoped that this will increase senior and junior members, volunteers and coaches – as well as attract new community groups by making the building available during the non-rugby playing part of the week.

The club will promote the building as a wedding and party venue; meeting/conference venue; hub for sporting events; facility for social groups; place for theatre/live music and comedy performances; caravan/camping venue; and a hub for schools to hold multi schools events.

Chris Taylor, from the rugby club, said: “We are delighted to receive continued support from Richmondshire District Council. The award enables us to start work on phase two later this year and once the development is complete we will have first class facilities for our members and the wider community.”

Richmondshire’s award has come from its £270,000 ‘Social Fund’ which aims to support community projects taking place within one of the districts five growth areas – Colburn, Hipswell, Leyburn, Richmond and Scotton.

“This grant scheme is helping communities that we want to see grow,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, who is pictured with members of the Rugby Club.

“We are able to help a wide variety of schemes. So far cash has gone to two projects – Richmond School received an offer of £50,000 to support the implementation of a 3G Artificial Sports Pitch and Scotton Parish Council received £10,500 to make improvements to the footpaths to allow better access to local facilities.

“The rugby club has been ambitious in its aim to improve sports facilities for the community – but it is almost there, having raised a huge amount of money already. It is very exciting to see it come to fruition.”