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Your News RFU President to open new facilities at Castle Cary RFC

The Rugby Football Union’s President, Willie Wildash, will officially unveil Castle Cary’s RFC new and greatly improved facilities on September 4th at the Brook House Field club.

Wildash will be the guest of honour at the event which will see the Somerset club show off the impressive new upgrades to their club house which has been partially funded by the RFU’s Capital Investment Programme (CIP).

With three adult teams, a female team, three youth teams and around 90 minis playing rugby regularly Castle Cary RFC were badly in need of updating their facilities in order to cater for all their members, whilst also trying to attract new people to the club.

The club raised £56,770 of their own funds while the RFU’s CIP invested £105,000. With Viridor Credits adding a further £136,000, the club has spent £297,770 on refurbishing the rugby club, which has seen them create four new changing rooms, officials changing rooms, a new entrance and lobby, a new kitchen, physio/first aid room, office and an extension to their club room.

Viv Armson, Honorary Secretary of Castle Cary RFC, said: “Following the launch of our Junior Section in 2004, we have literally outgrown our club. The number of members have increased year on year which resulted in us having to put in a second pitch, followed by a significant investment into our clubhouse.

“The work carried out over the close season has given us some of the finest facilities in the South West. The investment in our club came from funds raised by our members, a grant from the RFU’s CIP and from Viridor Credits. The facilities will certainly satisfy our club needs for the foreseeable future.”

Wildash will be joined by guests from the RFU, the Somerset RFU and Viridor Credits, with Wildash performing the opening ceremony, cutting the ribbon and presenting a plaque to the club.

The CIP is the capital funding element of the RFU's Whole Sport Plan funding allocation secured from government. Responsibility for delivery is in the hands of each national governing body, with targets agreed on a sport-by-sport basis. The RFU has been awarded £30.7m over a four-year period, £12m of which has been ring-fenced for capital facility investment.

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