- Former England international and Lion opened new facilities
- Funding forms part of the London Olympic and Paralympic legacy
Photo: RFU Archive
Bob Taylor, the former England and British and Irish Lions international, officially opened Peterborough’s refurbished clubhouse before last Saturday’s SSE Midlands League One East local derby against Peterborough Lions at Fengate.
Taylor, a past president of the RFU and current chairman of the East Midlands RU and Midlands Counties, jointly opened the revamped facility with Neil Darwin, the chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough.
Finance for the work was secured from the Olympic Legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund together with additional money from other grants and donations.
Peterborough received £45,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at their clubhouse in Fengate, which has helped thousands of local young people get into the sport.
The money was used to provide a pitched roof over the existing clubhouse together with an extension to create a new entrance, toilet facilities and other upgrading works.
The Inspired Facilities Fund is part of the £138 million Places People Play legacy programme that has brought the magic of last year’s home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sport facility that received funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.
Peterborough president, Phil Elmer, said: “I am extremely pleased that the club received this funding and I thank the members who obtained the funding and the contractors who have worked tirelessly to ensure we have these wonderful facilities open for this weekend.
“It will help us to cater for the ever-increasing numbers of youngsters who wish to play rugby at Peterborough Rugby Club and provide a facility that the local community can enjoy.”