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Your News Millwall RFC celebrate opening of new clubhouse
30
MAR

MILLWALL Rugby Club officially opened the doors to its brand new clubhouse on Saturday (March 28).

The Isle of Dogs club’s long awaited project lived up to expectations as players, friends and families flocked to take a look at the refurbished railway arches in Millwall Park.

Guest of honour Jim Fitzpatrick, the MP for Poplar and Canning Town, who is also the club’s honorary president, cut a black, red and white ribbon to mark the opening.

He said: “I am delighted to be here today – this is a real milestone for the club. Millwall has come so far in the 15 years since the club began, and what a season we are having right now.

"The first team Invincibles have won the league and are in the final of the Essex President’s Shield, and there are more and more youth sides playing all the time, and now we have a fantastic new clubhouse. I can tell you the RFU is really proud of what Millwall is doing and is right behind the club.”

After the formal opening club members and guests took a look inside the clubhouse, which has a mix of luxuriousness and attractive ruggedness.

The walls are adorned with classic photographs of previous teams and glories from the club’s past, and also include stylish modern art images of current players, created by club member Elise Page.

As well as underfloor heating, shower facilities and a bar, the clubhouse also boasts an exquisitely finished ladies’ restroom with taps that light up the water red and blue depending on the temperature.

Millwall chairman Mike Costin said ahead of the opening: “This is a very special day for the club and we are delighted at last to have a place to truly call home.

“It has taken years of hard work by many people to make this clubhouse a reality and now we have been rewarded with a base that will help us become a genuine part of the community.”

On Saturday Millwall beat Stanford le Hope by 50 points to 23 in the Essex League Cup competition semi final.

The first team, billed as ‘invincibles’ following their undefeated status in claiming the Essex Division Two title, could take home three pieces of silverware this season if they win the League Cup final this weekend and then the Essex President’s Shield when they take on Thames in the final on April 19.

NOTES:

* Pics are available in hi res at: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/t65Q2WSYjzUlb3IGcEHVDA?authkey=Gv1sRgCMGf2vezi7GCNA&feat=directlink

I will try and find some pics that show the inside of the clubhouse and a wider shot of the club from the outside!

Thanks – Tan.

* Millwall’s youth sides currently play their home matches on Millwall Park just yards from the clubhouse which lies under one of the old railway arches on the park.

The club now hopes that Tower Hamlets Council will give permission to their request, which is backed by England rugby legend Josh Lewsey, for the adult sides to play their home matches there as well.

*The development of Millwall’s clubhouse was made possible by a grant of almost £35,000 from the IDCF plus a grant of £6,000 and a loan of £50,000 from the RFF. This cash helped with essential developments such as a concrete floor and under-floor heating, a kitchen, male and female toilets, an office and a storage area.

* For more information email pressofficer@millwallrugby.com

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