Lewis Moody opens new Oakham rugby clubhouse

The opening of the new clubhouse at Oakham Rugby Club. Former England captain Lewis Moody entertains the guests. Photo: MSMP050914-004aw EMN-140809-125546001
The opening of the new clubhouse at Oakham Rugby Club. Former England captain Lewis Moody entertains the guests. Photo: MSMP050914-004aw EMN-140809-125546001
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Former England Rugby Union captain and local Oakham lad Lewis Moody officially opened the brand new Oakham Rugby Club on Friday.

The move follows the sale of the Rutland Agriculture Showground, where the club, formed in 1923, had been based since the 1950s.

The new club is situated just off the Oakham bypass and facilities include six changing rooms with showers, four full-sized playing pitches plus training and mini pitches for all age groups.

The training ground and the first team pitch also have floodlighting.

President of the club, Keith Crellin said: “These new facilities mean Oakham can boast having probably the best rugby home in the East Midlands.”

The new Oakham club also houses a club bar and the very latest kitchen equipment that can be used for any catering arrangement.

Last week’s opening was attended by former England international Rory Underwood, Leicester Tigers chief executive Peter Wheeler, former captains, vice-presidents and representatives from Rutland County Council, local military bases, schools and neighbouring rugby clubs.

This was followed by a fun day on Sunday, when young girls and boys also registered to play rugby in the mini, junior and colts sections.

More than 600 people attended the event, which included a barbecue, entertainment and a petanque tournament.

Mr Crellin said: “People who attended both events have congratulated us on the move.

“Enquiries have been coming from all over the area and no doubt it will help to attract new players.

“Already we have found that with many of the age groups we will be running two sides and senior players are also enjoying their new surrounds.”

Oakham RFC are playing this season in the East Midlands South 2 division.

Their next match will be against Market Harborough at home, on Saturday and more than 80 VPs are expected to attend.