A RUGBY club is ready for the new season thanks to the hard work of volunteers.
Players and supporters of Deepings Rugby Club turned out in force on Saturday and Sunday last week to get the clubhouse in Linchfield Road, Deeping St James, in good condition for the 2012/13 season.
The senior, junior and mini sections of the playing side were joined by fans to repair broken roofs and steps, tidy, weed and cut the grass, tile changing rooms, make new benches, repair walls and even fix the barbecue that had been damaged by vandals.
Even chairman Mark Owen, president Peter Ward and secretary Gordon Noakes joined in with the work, which was made possible thanks to the support of the RBS RugbyForce programme.
Mr Ward said: “The weekend has made a huge difference to the club, both in the work that was carried out and the way it helped us bond with our members and supporters, new and old.
“On behalf of the club we want to say a massive thank you to those who took part, we were overwhelmed by the response.
“The RBS RugbyForce weekend has put us in good stead for next season and we’ll definitely be taking part again next year.”
The club recently decided not to move from its Linchfield Road home to a proposed new site in Spalding Road.
Officials were in discussion with Bourne-based developer Larkfleet on moving to the site, but the cost proved too much.
The club is now hopeful it can extend its lease with the Deepings School, which owns the land, beyond 2014.
Chairman Mark Owen said: “We still haven’t got anything definite but it looks as though we will be able to stay where we are. We are hoping to raise the funds to rebuild the clubhouse.”
The club will host the Deepings Beer Festival on July 27 and 28. For details visit www.deepingsbeerfest.co.uk