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Haverhill Rugby Club awarded £5,000 by Haverhill Town Council

From left: David Halsey, Mark Jury and Chris Spencer from Haverhill Rugby Club are delighted that Haverhill Town council has awarded them �5,000 towards the �20,000 needed to replace the clubs showers.

From left: David Halsey, Mark Jury and Chris Spencer from Haverhill Rugby Club are delighted that Haverhill Town council has awarded them �5,000 towards the �20,000 needed to replace the clubs showers.

Haverhill Rugby Club has expressed its joy at receiving £5,000 from the town council towards improving its shower facilities, something it says is key to safeguarding its long term future.

The club asked the town council for the contribution towards the £20,000 cost of upgrading the showers at its Castle Playing Fields ground.

Addressing the Haverhill Town Council meeting last Tuesday (Nov 26), the club’s chairman, Chris Spencer, said: “We need to upgrade the current showers.

“The existing showers are pretty inefficient due to a lack of volume and pressure.

“What we are going to suffer now is that the substandard facilities are going to effect player retention at senior and junior levels and this gives us a long term concern about the future of the club.

“What we need to deliver is a high water pressure and an efficient heating system to be far more cost effective in the long term.

“Upgrading our showers will maintain player participation at all levels of the club and this happens to be a major RFU objective.

“Most importantly, it would secure the long term future of our club.”

The club currently has some 350 members, with 28 volunteers, and is also widely used by the community for a range of other purposes, such as dog agility classes, Zumba and bingo and for private functions.

It has been at its current site since 1978, although it was formed in 1965.

The project has also, in principle, received a £5,000 Groundmatch Grant from the RFU, £4,000 from Haverhill’s Suffolk County Councillors’ locality budgets, £500 from the Eastern Counties Rugby Union Lead Up and Legacy Fund and the club is injecting £5,500 itself through its budget, sponsorship and local fund-raising.

Town councillor Maureen Byrne backed their bid, saying: “Anything that improves the activity and sport for both the young and others, then we support it 100 per cent.

Following the £5,000 award, Mr Spencer, who was joined at the presentation by the club’s president Mark Jury, said: “It’s great news for the club.

“Mark and I were both really impressed by the hearing we got and the level of support we got from the town council. It’s nice to see and nice to hear.”

 

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