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New era for Broughton Park

30 July 2004

BROUGHTON PARK will celebrate the culmination of over 10 years' work on Saturday 21st August with the opening of their new �2m clubhouse and grounds.

Rugby Football Union President Malcolm Phillips will be the guest of honour at the rebirth of Park, once one of the strongest club sides in the country.

It will be a unique day of celebration of a partnership between the club, the RFU, Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police, culminating in a match between Park and Sale Jets XV.

The focus of the new facility is Youth Development, ranging from local community participation to primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.

The total project, costing approximately �2.5m, has been funded mainly from the sale of the club's previous site.

The project received �128,863 from the RFU's Community Club Development Programme, which is an innovative collaboration between Government - the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England and the RFU.

The new site, only 400 metres from their previous ground, is adjacent to the Houghend Centre - formerly the GM Police Club - and comprises a floodlit competition pitch; a floodlit training pitch; three additional full-sized rugby pitches; a rubber crumb 3rd generation training pitch and 5-a-side soccer facility; clubhouse; and spectator stand.

The partnership with the Houghend Centre also allows access to a gymnasium, multi-gym and cardio-vascular centre, giving Park some of the most advanced facilities in the country.

 

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