Time for a change at Basingstoke Rugby Football Club
Changing rooms at Basingstoke Rugby Football Club in Pack Lane will be transformed with a Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Local Infrastructure Fund grant of £147,900.
The club’s outdated changing and showering facilities for its 350 youth players - from under sixes to Colts - and over 100 adults have reached capacity.
None of the current changing rooms comply with current RFU standards and the communal shower room is inappropriate for the increasing mixed gender demand brought about by the huge increase in interest in girls/ladies rugby at the club.
The funding will go toward a new-build extension housing three changing rooms with integral showers and toilets, and the refurbishment of the five existing changing rooms and communal shower. The new changing rooms will be suitable for all of the club’s 19 teams.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships Cllr Simon Bound: “This funding will really help the club to meet the needs of its users, especially its female and its young players, and the wider local community who use the building for a variety of other social events.”
Chairperson of Basingstoke Rugby Football Club Michele Amos added: “We need to provide the best possible environment for anyone who plays, watches, delivers or experiences rugby at the club. This project will allow us to continue to grow and expand our rugby offer to more sections of the wider community, including local schools and community groups.
“These improvements will provide a safer, more comfortable facility that is equivalent in all aspects for all genders, abilities and ages.”