Plans by rugby club to become community hub

Spalding Rugby Club' are preparing to move to a new home being built on land off the A16 near Spalding.
Spalding Rugby Club' are preparing to move to a new home being built on land off the A16 near Spalding.

An ambitious plan for Spalding Rugby Club to build a new home on the edge of Spalding has now been unveiled.

The project, expected to cost between £300,000 and £500,000, will give the club three adult-sized pitches, a floodlit training pitch, separate training areas for juniors and a purpose-built clubhouse.

A sneak preview of plans for the new development on land off the A16 in Drain Bank North, near Cowbit, will be on offer during a meeting at the club’s current home in St Thomas’s Road, Spalding, on Friday at 7.30pm.

Project co-ordinator Jeremy Chew said: “Spalding Rugby Club has been looking for a new home for the last eight years and we’ve been working for the last 18 months to secure the land.

“We’ve purchased 22 acres of land on the outskirts of Spalding and our vision is to create a community sports hub for a growing town.”

The new development comes after the club was told by Spalding Grammar School in April last year that most of its playing and training activities had to be moved away from its playing fields in St Thomas’s Road by the end of 2014.

Spalding Rugby Club’s first team continue to play at the ground on Saturdays, but junior matches take place at Tyrrells Yard, Weston Hills.

Club committee member Peter Jullien said: “We hope our under-12s teams will be playing at the new site in September 2015, but we get some of the best crowds in the league at Memorial Field so the atmosphere we get on Saturdays has to stay there.

“On the other hand, you don’t get many opportunities to put something into the community that you can say ‘I was involved in that.’”