Pro­vi­sional thumbs-up for new club­house

RUGBY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHE­SHAM RFC have re­ceived ini­tial plan­ning ap­proval for their pro­posed new club­house.

The club launched its cam­paign to build a per­ma­nent struc­ture (pic­tured) last Septem­ber, hav­ing vol­un­tar­ily given up their base to make way for devel­op­ment at Chiltern Hills Academy two years ago.

The Stags are cur­rently rent­ing tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion, but the lack of chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties and hos­pi­tal­ity space does not al­low the club to pro­vide the qual­ity of coach­ing and skills devel­op­ment it is ca­pa­ble of to more than 1,000 mem­bers.

“I’m de­lighted with the news,” said club sec­re­tary Steve Mor­ris. “We’ve worked tire­lessly with all the stake­hold­ers to make sure they are fully briefed and happy with our plans, in­clud­ing Chiltern Hills Academy, the RFU and lo­cal res­i­dents groups. This ap­proval is an im­por­tant step for­ward.”

The club is, how­ever, still seek­ing spon­sors to help make up the £150k short­fall of the £450k devel­op­ment costs not cov­ered by grants.

“It’s a great chance for

lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to get in­volved,” added Mor­ris. “We are a com­mu­nity club with over 300 mem­bers, in­clud­ing se­niors, women’s teams, minis and ju­niors.

“Once you add in fam­ily mem­bers, that’s a great op­por­tu­nity for a lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion to in­crease their pro­file and aid the town in the devel­op­ment of a fa­cil­ity that Che­sham can be proud of.”

There are sev­eral ways you can sup­port the cam­paign, ei­ther as an or­gan­i­sa­tion or an in­di­vid­ual.

You can make a one-off do­na­tion to the club’s Just Giv­ing page (www. just­giv­ing.com/che­sham-rugby) or con­tact the team at fundrais­ing@ che­sham­rug­by­club.com to dis­cuss cor­po­rate packages.

You can also find out more about the cam­paign and fundrais­ing at www.che­sham­rug­by­club.com.

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