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Your News Malton & Norton RFC in £340,000 expansion project

MALTON & Norton RFC have finalised plans for a £340,000 redevelopment that will bring a major improvement to both the social and playing facilities at The Gannock.

The project embraces the creation of new changing provision which will provide four en-suite rooms which will also free up space to allow an extension of the kitchen area.

The new changing room block comprises five new rooms in all, with a referees changing room included in the scheme, all of which will be built to the latest RFU/Sport England specifications.

The development marks the end of an era for the club, with shared open showers and the old fashioned traditional baths being consigned to the history books. With two of the existing changing rooms forming part of a kitchen upgrade the two new rooms will provide much-needed scope to cater for the demands made by a very successful junior/mini section.

The funding package comprises support from a range of sources. The Rugby Football Union has approved a Grant of £85,000 and the Rugby Football Foundation has provided an interest-free loan of £100,000. Sport England are contributing £50,000 via the "Inspired Facilities" Olympic Legacy fund and local backing has come from Ryedale District Council (£25,000) and The Earl Fitzwilliam Charitable Trust (£2,000).

The club will be using existing club funds and launch a fund-raising campaign to make up the shortfall.

“Malton and Norton RUFC are an example of a club that consulted across all members to identify a clear vision for their future growth as a rugby club.” said Ted Mitchell, the RFU Funding & Facilities Manager for the North. “This in turn gave them clarity around what additional facilities they needed in order to deliver their plans for growth in playing, coaching and volunteering numbers.”

“Rugby is always our first consideration at Malton & Norton and our current facilities cannot cope with our ever expanding mini and Junior section,” said Club Chairman Robert Harrison. “These players are the future of the club and we owe it to them to provide them with the best facilities.

“The expansion will also allow the club to host three senior games at once and will provide us with a bigger, higher-spec kitchen that will enable improved catering for our existing requirements, together with the capacity to host larger club and external events and in turn increase the clubs income.”

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