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Your News RFU top brass put a shine on Bletchley RFC's extended clubhouse

The England Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) acting Chairman and Senior Vice President Paul Murphy, accompanied by the RFU’s Funding & Facilities Manager Dave Stubley, were at the Bletchley rugby club last Friday evening (Nov 18) to officially open the clubs new two-storey extension.

Also there to help with the opening ceremony was Buckinghamshire RFU President John Silk along with club members representing every aspect of club life.

“It’s a wonderful example of the RFU and one of its member clubs working in harmony to improve facilities for the participants of a club over a long period of time,” commented Murphy. “It’s certainly a credit to all involved – a magnificent product!”

At a cost of £248,603 the conversion includes, on the ground floor, two new en-suite changing rooms to RFU specification, a new referees changing room, plus separate physiotherapy and exercise rooms along with a new male, female and disabled toilet facilities.

The new entrance hall includes a chair lift to the first floor which now encompasses a new dining area, complete with kitchen and pantry, disabled and ladies and gents toilets plus a club shop adjoining the existing bar and social area

The alterations underline the clubs determination to provide its membership and the town with a clubhouse they can be rightly proud of and see them progress both on and off the field through the coming decades.

As club chairman Chris Goodman says: “Manor Fields has been the home of Bletchley RFC for over sixty years and with the signing of our new forty year lease our home is now guaranteed to take us past the century mark. But, however, we recognised that it also raised the issue that we had a small and outdated club house.

“So, following our 2009 AGM, the decision was taken to apply for planning permission to extend and refurbish the club house, bringing it into the 21st century while retaining the clubs character and friendly atmosphere.”

SSE South West 1 East Bletchley continue to be the highest ranked club in the Bletchley, Milton Keynes and North Bucks area, with their 1st XV playing at RFU level 6 while also running vibrant and successful second and third teams.

They have also recently established a new ladies team while the club also ensures that there’s a great environment for all players, male and female, to enjoy playing rugby union at a level to suit every player’s ability.

“We are also extremely proud of our Mini and Junior section which has over 250 members from under 6’s to under 17’s,” adds Goodman.

All-in-all Bletchley have ensured their foreseeable future and will continue to be a leading sports club both in the town and the county of Buckinghamshire as a whole.

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