CHINNOR Rugby Club has received a huge financial boost after being handed a £50,000 grant from Thame Town Council.
The money will fund the installation of a disabled lift, refurbishment of disabled toilets and the resurfacing of the car park.
The improvement work will be carried out by club volunteers in August and will be done in time for the new season.
The proposal was voted for unanimously by town councillors in a meeting on Tuesday night, which came as a great delight to Carol Bradbrook-Taylor, who made the pitch for a grant.
She said: “I am just delighted – it is a massive result for the club.
“The grant will be a huge help for us, we feel we have taken the club as far as we can within our own capacity.
“With this we will now be able to let our facilities out to more clubs and organisations within the community as we will be able to cater for the disabled users.”
The club now has to submit detailed plans and quotes for the work so the funds can be passed over.
The plans include buying further land for two more fully drained pitches and a complete refurbishment of all their facilities.
The possibility of a name change from Chinnor to Thame is still in the pipeline for discussion but this will be after the club’s 50th anniversary in 2013.
Until then, the merchandise of the club will include the brand Chinnor RFC, Thame.