- Chippenham RFC unveils new clubhouse facilities
- Development will support the growth of girls' rugby
Photo: RFU Archive
Earlier this month, Chippenham RFC were pleased to welcome the leader of Wiltshire Council, Jane Scott OBE, to formally open the new extension to their clubhouse facilities.
The clubhouse project, which has been partly funded by the RFU, has delivered a much-needed upgrade, including two new changing rooms with integral en-suite showering facilities. This will ensure that the club complies with welfare requirements for girls and youth players.
Councillor Scott was joined by Immediate Past President of the RFU, Willie Wildash, Dorset & Wilts RFU representative, Ron Jones, Dorset & Wilts RFU President, John Palmer and RFU Club Management and Governance Manager, David Stubley.
She also met with players from Chippenham’s Girls section, led by team manager Julia Hyland. This recently formed section were keen to show off their new team shirts, funded by grants from Wiltshire Council’s Community Area Board and the Tim Waycott Trust, which assisted in purchasing new kit and equipment to launch girls’ rugby at Chippenham.
Current England Women’s player Kim Oliver started her rugby career at Chippenham (CRFC) playing youth rugby at the club from age nine to 14 and CRFC have a long-term objective to establish ladies' rugby at the club.
The first step in achieving this is to develop a sustainable girls’ rugby section. The new facilities have enabled the club to launch its Girls U15 team early this season. Dorset and Wilts RFU Community Rugby Coach, Frank Butler, is also working with local secondary schools to encourage girls’ rugby in the area.
CRFC Club Chairman, Mark Parry, said: "This coordinated approach to developing girls’ rugby in the area is a great example of the club and the RFU working together."
Afterwards the Under 9s from the Mini section played an exhibition match demonstrating the ‘New Rules of Play’, which were adopted across the Dorset & Wilts Region this season, to improve the development pathway for young players.
The above photo features Councillor Scott OBE, Willie Wildash (left) & CRFC Club Captain Bobby Lyons (right).