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Family affair at Corsairs improvement weekends

27 August 2013

  • Family effort as club members and helpers band together to improve Corsairs' facilities
  • Volunteers spent two weekends renovating clubhouse
Hendry family volunteers at Nottingham Corsairs improvements weekend

Photo: RFU Archive

Three generations of the same family helped to organise a weekend of ground improvements at the Nottingham Corsairs clubhouse at Lady Bay recently.

Corsairs were one of 400 clubs across the country who were involved in the NatWest RugbyForce weekend in June and were so inspired by the difference the activities made to their facilities that they decided to have a second weekend of improvements.

Chairman Doug Hendry, his daughter Claire, who is the volunteer coordinator at Corsairs, and her 13-year-old son Ted helped to organise the improvements along with Gary Osborne, the club’s Head of Junior Rugby.

“Ted was involved in the early planning meetings that we had and he was a great help over the two weekends of activities,” said Doug.

Corsairs share their facilities with Greene King IPA Championship club Nottingham and sporting neighbours Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, who use the ground for Second XI matches and training.

During the NatWest RugbyForce weekend in June, Corsairs worked on smartening up the exterior of the clubhouse and installing security systems for their new pitch maintenance equipment.

Earlier this month they completed improvements to changing rooms and opened up other changing rooms that had previously been out of use due to their poor state. Further improvements to floor surfaces which had been damaged by a leak were also carried out.

NatWest RugbyForce is an initiative developed by the RFU and NatWest to help rugby clubs become stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the community.