Cambridge Rugby Club cut the ribbon on official opening of clubhouse extension
Project gets the grand unveiling
Dignitaries were out in force at Cambridge Rugby Club to mark the official opening of the clubhouse extension.
In an ambitious £500,000 project, the new facility provides Cambridge with four state-of-the-art unisex changing rooms, officials’ changing rooms, a gym, two physio treatment suites, laundry room and club office.
It was made possible through financial support from the RFU, the Rugby Football Foundation, Cambridge City Council, the Mick George Community Fund, the Amey Community Fund and donations from club members.
RFU council member Deborah Griffin performed the official opening, alongside MPs Daniel Zeichner and Heidi Allen, Mick George and Cambridge City Council leader Lewis Herbert.
The facilities will be available to schools, sports teams, recreation clubs and associations throughout the city.
“This is a terrific example of the investment the RFU is making into grass roots rugby, although of course Cambridge are a successful club and operating at a high level in the rugby pyramid,” said Griffin.
“It is just great that the catalyst for this project was starting the women’s and girls’ section, the increasingly well-known Cambridge Rubies.
“Cate Dyble, John Creighton and the coaches have done a brilliant job attracting women and girls to the club from across the region.
“With the help of the RFU and the RFF, the facilities are now in place to match the ambition of the entire club. And it is particularly pleasing to be opening an RFU-backed development in my new adopted home of Cambridge.”
Cambridge Rugby Club president Steve Bowler said: “Renovating and replacing the changing rooms has been our biggest capital project priority for a number of years. No one is going to miss the previous changing rooms that’s for sure, even the most die-hard rugby traditionalist.
“The new facility allows us to expand our playing offering now we are regularly running more senior men’s teams, but critically provides suitable facilities for the increasing number of girls and women now wanting to play rugby at Cambridge.
“We now have player off-field facilities we can be proud of that reflect our status as a national Level 3 club. Rob Dean and his team have done a magnificent job.”