CAMBRIDGE RUGBY UNVEILS NEW CLUBHOUSE COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Cambridge Rugby Club officially opened its new Clubhouse extension with a VIP Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the weekend.
The Facility provides the Club with 4 new state of the art unisex changing rooms, officials changing rooms, Gym, 2 Physio treatment suites , Laundry room and Club Office.
The ambitious £500,000 project was completed with financial support from the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football Federation, Cambridge City Council, Mick George Community Fund, Amey Community Fund and individual and family donations from the Rugby Club’s own members.
The new facilities bring much needed up to date changing and other facilities at Volac Park for the ever - expanding rugby activities, including the fast growing and vibrant Womens and Girls sections. The changing rooms and grounds will also be available to the wider schools, sports teams and recreation clubs and associations as part of the Club’s strategy of providing access to its facilities to the wider Cambridge community beyond rugby.
The official opening was performed by Deborah Griffin of the RFU Council (and Bursar at Homerton College), Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Cambridge City Council and Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Limited. Local MPs Daniel Zeichner and Heidi Allen were also in attendance to help celebrate the completion of the Project.
Commenting on the opening of the new Facility and Opening event;
Steve Bowller, Cambridge Rugby Club President said: “Renovating and replacing the changing rooms has been our biggest capital project priority for a number of years. No one is going to miss the previous changing rooms that’s for sure, even the most die-hard rugby traditionalist. The new facility allows us to expand our playing offering now we are regularly running more senior Mens’ Teams , but critically provides suitable facilities for the increasing number of girls and women now wanting to play rugby at Cambridge. We now have player off – field facilities we can be proud of that reflect our status as a National Level 3 Club. Rob Dean and his team have done a magnificent job.”
Rob Dean, Cambridge Rugby Club Chairman said: “The opening this weekend is the culmination of a huge team effort over a prolonged period of time. We’re massively grateful to the RFU and RFF, Cambridge City Council, Mick George and Amey for recognising the need, working together to provide the critical funding resulting in a fantastic facility for both the club and an increasing and diverse number of other users. Many of our own members have also been incredibly generous in providing additional personal financial support. Hats off too to the Construction team led by Nigel Mills & James Diver of Millcam Construction. With this standard of facility I even started to toy with the idea of perhaps giving playing again a go personally.”
Lewis Herbert said: “The City Council were willing to support the project from the outset and extremely pleased with the finished product. There was a compelling need to replace the previous changing rooms, there is the potential for a huge community benefit and the funding we were able to provide helped other significant funding to become available. This was a great example of local government, the rugby governing bodies and local business working towards the same goal. The rugby club grounds are one of the few large playing fields close to central Cambridge and now as a result of this scheme the grounds will be available for significant broad community use.”
Deborah Griffin said: “This is a terrific example of the investment the RFU is making into grass roots rugby, although of course Cambridge are a successful Club and operating at a high level in the rugby pyramid. It is just great that the catalyst for this project was starting the Womens and Girls section, the increasingly well -known Cambridge Rubies. Cate Dyble, John Creighton and the coaches have done a brilliant job attracting women and girls to the Club from across the region. With the help of the RFU and the RFF, the facilities are now in place to match the ambition of the entire Club. And it is particularly pleasing to be opening an RFU backed development in my new adopted home of Cambridge.”
Jon Stump said: “Congratulations to Rob Dean and his team for completing the Clubhouse extension project. We were delighted that funds from Mick George Community Fund were able to contribute to a scheme that will benefit the entire community for many years to come. We know how much teamwork and tenacity is required to successfully complete a programme of this scale. Cambridge Rugby Club is clearly thriving and inclusive organisation and I am full of admiration for what is being routinely achieved by the management team there, all of whom are doing this in their spare time.''