Cambridge Rugby Clubhouse Redevelopment Receives Funding Boost
Cambridge Rugby Club’s ambitious plans to construct new changing rooms and ancillary facilities at their Grantchester Road Headquarters received a major £50,000 boost this week with a grant award from the the Mick George Community Fund which was announced on Monday.
“We’re thrilled that the Mick George Community Fund recognised the importance of the project to allocate this level of financial support. The Clubhouse extension will bring massive benefits for both the rugby club and the broader sports community across Cambridge, Steve Bowller, President at CRUFC commented.” This external validation gives us increased confidence and commitment that the progress we are making with the Club’s development and expansion is on the right tracks.” Bowller added.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd said: “There is a clear real and urgent need to update the rugby club’s existing Changing rooms and associated facilities to reflect the progress the Senior rugby side has made competing again in the third tier of English rugby as well as the thriving Mini and Youth sections. We are also delighted to provide a funding commitment just as the rugby club has launched Women’s and Girls’ rugby at Volac Park and has clear and meaningful expansion plans for broader community access from across the region to their incredible out-door facilities”.
The rugby club has already secured in –principle funding commitments from Cambridge City Council, the Rugby Football Union and The Rugby Football Federation. Further fundraising is ongoing amongst the Club’s members and sponsors to make up the balance to reach the £500,000 overall cost of the project.
The project will result in six state of the art unisex changing rooms, officials and disabled changing facilities, Physiotherapy suites, Gym, Laundry and an office. Subject to completion of the internal fundraising, the Club expect work to start at the end of the current rugby season in April and be completed in time for the start of the new season in September.
“Fundraising is well advanced towards the overall required target” added Bowller. “The Mick George monies will hopefully be the catalyst for our Members and Supporters to make the final push to get us over the line”.