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Your News New changing rooms add sparkle to Whitby Golden Jubilee

WHITBY RUFC are hoping to have an added dimension to their festivities when they celebrate their 60th Anniversary at White Leys on September 10 this year – a new £195,000 changing room block.

Work on the extension to the existing provision started a few weeks ago and if the project is completed ahead of the 15-week schedule, the new premises will be in place in time for the diamond anniversary milestone.

The new facilities will incorporate six new multi-sport changing rooms, with en-suite showering and toilet provision, and two changing rooms for officials and are being financed by an £85,000 Section 106 funding grant from Scarborough Borough Council, a £65,000 Capital Investment Programme grant from the Rugby Football Union and £45,000 from club funds.

The upgraded facilities will benefit not just the hundreds of rugby players who play at White Leys, but also the many others who enjoy squash, football, cricket and hockey at the club.

Tony Charlton, Whitby RUFC house secretary, said: “The improvements at White Leys show the confidence the RFU and Scarborough Borough Council have in this project and also the ongoing contribution we make to the community and to sport in Whitby. We have well over 500 members and have strong links with schools in the town, including Whitby Community College.

“The previous lease we had for White Leys meant it was difficult to attract investment and develop the facilities and ultimately I think the club would have gone out of existence had it not been for the openness of the council to negotiate a new 999-year lease.

“It means that for the first time in the club’s history, we are now very much masters of our own destiny and on this occasion it paved the way for us to make a successful application for grant assistance from the RFU and the council to develop the changing room facilities.

“The club is grateful to the Rugby Football Union and Scarborough Borough Council for their backing and are confident we can repay the faith shown in us by continuing to improve sporting opportunities for people in the Whitby area.”

Due to an upward trend in playing numbers the changing facilities at the club had become inadequate and in its current form the club was no longer sustainable.

The new developments, however, will guarantee the future of the club and its continuing contribution to the many aspects of community life it already supports. As part of the conditioning relating to the RFU monies, there are also development requirements relating to playing numbers.

For example, the club is expected to increase its number of male playing members by 48 over the next three years, while the numbers of coaches, volunteers and referees is also targeted to grow by an average of 70 per cent in each section.

Looking to the future, the numbers of youngsters in the mini/midi/youth section is targeted to grow from 97 to 118 by 2013.

Ted Mitchell, the North Funding & Facilities Manager for the RFU said: “We are delighted to be able to support Whitby RUFC in its diamond jubilee year and are confident the club can achieve the goals we’ve set.”

Scarborough Borough Council Head of Finance and Asset Management, Nick Edwards, added: “We are excited by the desire, commitment and ambition shown by Whitby RUFC. We are happy to have been able to help and wish the club well for the future.”

For further information on the project and the progress being made please contact:

Whitby RUFC – Anth Charlton. Tel: 01947 811531: Mob: 07973 126134

Scarborough Borough Council - Tim Readman, Communications and Marketing Assistant,

Scarborough Borough Council. Tel: 01723 232419

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