Rugby club unveils revamped facilities

A major overhaul of facilities at Alnwick Rugby Club was celebrated on Saturday, as the revamped premises were officially opened by president of the RFU, Bob Reeves.

The ambitious project, which has cost more than £240,000, included building new changing rooms, a gym and improved toilets and showers, as well as flood defence work.

Bob Reeves, president of the Rugby Football Union opens  the new facilities at Alnwick Rugby Club.

Bob Reeves, president of the Rugby Football Union opens the new facilities at Alnwick Rugby Club.

Around £130,000 came from grants while a fund-raising campaign helped to bring in £110,000 for the cause.

Three other former presidents of the RFU, Derek Morgan, Danny Serfontein and Richard Appleby, also attended the ceremony.

Mr Reeves praised the club’s efforts.

Club president Robert Robinson said: “It would be hard to pick out one member for special reference but the enthusiasm and fund-raising capabilities of fund-raising chairman Penny Stewart has been an inspiration to the committee.

“On behalf of the club I would like to make special mention of those who helped us reach our target.

“They include the Simpson McGrath Trust, Sir John Knott Trust, and Sport England, Northumberland County Council, SITA, the Joyce Trust and many others who have made contributions both great and small.

“Of course the club did not sit back. We rose, in less than a year, over £110,000 from many and varied diverse ways. Some big donations and some small.”