Oakham Rugby Club launches appeal to raise £50,000 for new clubhouse

Chris Burton, right, of Oakham Rugby Club and Jeremy Skipper, chairman of Rutland Agricultural Society
Chris Burton, right, of Oakham Rugby Club and Jeremy Skipper, chairman of Rutland Agricultural Society
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OAKHAM Rugby Club is launching an appeal to raise £50,000 to build a new clubhouse.

The club is working with Rutland Agricultural Society to move to a new ground during the 2013/14 season.

As part of the move, the club will need a new building costing £50,000 and it will launch a fundraising appeal during its annual president’s day tomorrow.

Club chairman Simon Harries said: “This is a new and exciting venture for us.

“We think we are going to have to raise about £50,000 so we can provide the facilities that we will need.

“We want the president’s day to be the impetus of this huge fundraising appeal, which will last 12 months or more.”

The club is hoping to include improved facilities at the new clubhouse, including changing rooms and a bar. Sketch plans will be on display during the president’s day.

Mr Harries said: “It is a fantastic project for the rugby club which will secure our future. Our existing facilities are old and in desperate need of repair so this is an opportunity for us.

“We hope all sections of the club and people in the community will get involved in fundraising.”

Mr Harries said there were plans in the pipeline for future fundraising events.

The club is currently based at the showground in Barleythorpe Road, which is owned by Rutland Agricultural Society.

But developer Hawksmead is planning to build on the land as part of its 1,100-home Oakham North development.

Rutland County Show used to be based at the showground but the annual event grew so successful and large it had to move to Burley-on-the-Hill.

The agricultural society, which runs the show, is moving the show to the new showground – to where the rugby club will move – which will be on land near the bypass. The show will probably move next year. The site will also include new offices for the society.

Society Jeremy Skipper said: “It is an impressive fundraising project the rugby club is planning.”

The president’s day starts at about 1pm and the main match between the president’s XV and an Army XV will kick off at 3pm.

There will also be presentations to the mini and junior sections of the club and a barbecue.

Proceeds of the president’s day will be split between the clubhouse fund and the Army Benevolent Fund.