NatWest grant allows for a makeover at Deepings Rugby Club

John Hayes MP (centre) with volunteers at Deepings Rugby Club.
John Hayes MP (centre) with volunteers at Deepings Rugby Club.
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Deepings Rugby Club stripped back the old to make way for the new at the weekend.

After applying for, and receiving, a grant of £1,500 as part of the national NatWest RugbyForce weekend, the Deeping St James-based club began work on refurbishments needed for both the new season and the 11th annual Beerfest on July 25/26.

The outside of the club was given a major makeover including painting, cleaning and repairs to steps and parts of the roof.

The main clubhouse room was given a fresh and clean look while the kitchen was retiled, repairs were carried out to changing room floors and showers and the bar and cellar were refurbished.

Club volunteers, aged from just six years old, got involved in the work.

Clubhouse manager Lee Coupland said: “With the funding from NatWest RugbyForce, we have been able to address some of the issues with facilities.”

Volunteers included past and present players, supporters, local trades people and friends and family.

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and The Deepings, visited the club on Saturday to congratulate the volunteers on their success.

Training for senior teams (men’s and ladies) has resumed in preparation for the new season.

Minis and junior training sessions are planned for the summer. New players are always welcome, across all teams.

For more information email or call 01778 345228.

Details of the beerfest are available at