- New artificial first team pitch for Maidenhead RFC
- Facilities funded by the RFU’s CIP
Maidenhead Rugby Club will become the proud owners of an artificial first team pitch later this year.
Work has just begun on the new first team pitch at Braywick Sports Ground and will be ready for the new season in the autumn.
The ‘One Turf’ pitch, a new global specification for dual use and approved by both the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), delivers the best possible playing surface for both sports.
The £575,000 scheme – funded by the Rugby Football Union’s Capital Investment Programme (CIP) and by the Royal Borough through developer contributions – will mean more and better opportunities for rugby, training and matches as well as a fantastic facility for the entire community.
With 19 separate teams including youth, juniors, colts, ladies, senior and veterans, Maidenhead RFC has a very high demand for facilities. Artificial turf can deliver an excellent durable surface that ensures training can take place through the wet winter months. This ‘One Turf’ dual-purpose versatility ensures the pitch is utilised to its maximum capacity throughout the year.
Dave Stubley, the RFU’s South West Funding and Facilities Manager, said: “This is an exciting partnership between the RFU, the council and Maidenhead RFC and will provide great and increased opportunities for rugby development, the club and the wider community.”
John Wanklyn, Maidenhead RFC’s Club Chairman and Chief Executive, added: “The new pitch will allow the club to continue to grow and enable us to improve performance at all levels. The combination of the new pitch and our recently extended and refurbished clubhouse will provide Maidenhead with some of the best facilities in the country, something for all of our members and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.”
The RFU’s CIP is the capital funding element of the RFU's Whole Sport Plan funding allocation secured from government. Responsibility for delivery is in the hands of each national governing body, with targets agreed on a sport-by-sport basis.