Spalding Rugby Club gets edge of town home

Spalding seniors will stay at the Memorial Field for now. SG270914-172TW
Spalding seniors will stay at the Memorial Field for now. SG270914-172TW

Spalding Rugby Club will move its junior teams to a new edge of town site from the start of next season after buying 22 acres of land.

It’s the first move in the club’s 90-year history, but was necessary to cope with an ever-growing army of young players who have taken to the sport.

The first team and senior rugby will stay at the Memorial Field, in St Thomas’s Road, Spalding, for the foreseeable future.

Eventually the whole club will move to Drain Bank North on land opposite the site of a proposed 60-acre business park – the Lincs Gateway project.

Club chairman of junior rugby Jeremy Chew said the new home will eventually spread to 40 acres.

He said: “The whole project will be pushing half-a-million pounds by the time we have got our facilities on there.”

The first phase of the work will involve creating four full-size rugby pitches, one of which will be floodlit, several pitches for mini rugby and a clubhouse.

Mr Chew said the additional acres will give the club a “land bank” so it has room to grow.

The club has just under 300 four to 19-year-olds playing rugby and it is one of the largest junior sections in the three counties of Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Mr Chew said: “We have worked with Sport England and The Rugby Football Union and after 18 months of hard work with these guys we have secured funding to buy the site.

“We have obviously bought the land from Ashley King Developments and he has worked with us really well to make it happen. We have had great support from the district council and the county council.

“We have been looking for six or seven years at various plots around Spalding and this came up and it was by far and away the best site for the rugby club.”