THAME: £100,000 boost for future rugby stars

Chinnor Rugby Club's under-11s team
Chinnor Rugby Club's under-11s team

Chinnor Rugby Club’s ambitions to revamp their facilities has moved a giant step closer thanks to a £100,000 grant from South Oxfordshire District Council.

The club, based in Kingsey Road, Thame, need to raise £445,000 if they are to make the planned improvements to facilities and the cash will go towards that target.

The club is looking to add extra changing rooms, extend the community space, improve the main entrance, stairs and lifts and make catering facilities larger.

The grant means the club can enter discussions with Thame Town Council, Sport England and the Rugby Football Union as they focus on getting to the necessary mark.

Club president John Ashfield said: “The increasing popularity of the club is putting a strain on our facilities.

“We need to provide more quality for our members and visitors and have launched a set of ambitious plans to improve across the whole club.

“The cost of this project is £445,000 - which is an unnerving sum for a local sports club.

“We are so grateful to South Oxfordshire District Council whose generosity now makes the plan feasible.

“We will still have to work at raising about £300,000 but the support of our local government bodies has changed the task from impossible to achievable.”

Chinnor RFC honorary secretary Alex Bond said: “One of our plans is to get every one of the age groups to come up with some sort of fundraising activity.

“Everyone has been very supportive so far.”