Deepings Rugby Club gets a revamp thanks to £1,500 grant

Deepings Rugby Club have a revamp as part of the NatWest RugbyForce weekend EMN-140624-115731001

Deepings Rugby Club have a revamp as part of the NatWest RugbyForce weekend EMN-140624-115731001

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Rugby club members spent the weekend sprucing up their clubhouse thanks to a grant.

Volunteers comprising of players, former players, trades people and supporters, packed Deepings Rugby Club in Linchfield Road, Deeping St James, on Saturday and Sunday.

The club received a £1,500 grant as part of the NatWest RugbyForce weekend - a national campaign to make rugby clubs stronger by giving them a much needed revamp.

During the weekend, volunteers aged from just six-years-old, got involved in a variety of jobs.

The outside jobs were painting, cleaning and repairs to steps and parts of the roof.

Inside, general decorating of the main clubhouse room gave a fresh and clean look for welcoming club members and their guests.

Additional jobs inside included stripping the kitchen back and retiling, repairing changing room floors and showers, repairs to lighting and a refurbishment of the bar and cellar.

Clubhouse manager Lee Coupland said: “We had a long list of jobs which needing addressing in the clubhouse. With this funding from NatWest RugbyForce we have been able to address some of the issues we face during the season with facilities.

“The showers and changing rooms are up and running fully now, the main clubhouse room and bar feels more welcoming and we are able to welcome our guests each week with pride in the facilities we can offer.”

Deepings MP John Hayes (Con) also stopped by on Saturday to congratulate the volunteers on their efforts.

The refurbishments have taken place ahead of the club’s 2014/15 season in September and its 11th annual Beerfest, which takes place on July 25 and 26.

Training for senior teams has resumed, in preparation for the new season.

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