Wensleydale Rugby Club completes clubhouse redevelopment

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

An ambitious scheme to create a sports and community hub in Leyburn has been completed with help from Richmondshire District Council.

The authority granted the Wensleydale Rugby Club two grants totalling £66,717 for the £650,000 project.

The community rugby club has created much needed club facilities – new changing rooms and showers, improvements to the main clubroom and bar, a new kitchen, extended clubroom space, new entrance, 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.

Richmondshire’s award has come from its 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 helps communities that we want to see grow,” said council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“The rugby club has been ambitious in its aim to improve sports facilities for the community and it is very exciting to see it come to fruition.”