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Mayor of London cuts ribbon on new rugby facilities

12 September 2013

  • Boris Johnson visits Streatham-Croydon RFC in south London
  • RFU's Capital Investment Programme helps fund new changing room block
London Mayor Boris Johnson visits Streatham Common RFC

Photo: RFU Archive

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has performed the official opening of Streatham-Croydon RFC’s new spectator stand and changing rooms, made possible by funding from the Sports Facilities Fund, SITA trust, Sport England, the Rugby Football Union and The London Marathon Trust.

The club now boasts new state-of-the-art changing facilities at their Frant Road ground in Thornton Heath, including additional showers, dedicated referee changing rooms, a gym, physiotherapy rooms and storage areas. The spectator stand has also been transformed and now provides smart club-coloured seats for 140 people.

The facilities will enable more sport to be played by Streatham-Croydon RFC and by local schools and community groups to help fulfil the club’s ambitions to be at the heart of local participation.

There was a £70,000 grant from the Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund, which has already invested £5.5 million in local sports clubs in London so they can build new, or refurbish, existing facilities. The previous changing rooms, which once welcomed teams such as Saracens and the Wasps, were in urgent need of redevelopment.

The Rugby Football Union awarded a grant of £90,000 from its Capital Investment Programme towards the changing room project, in line with the RFU’s 09-13 Whole Sport Plan and the contribution it will make to Sport England’s Strategic Outcomes of Grow, Sustain and Excel.

Johnson said: "We are committed to delivering a sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These new facilities at the Streatham-Croydon RFC ground are exactly what my sports facilities fund is about – providing good quality sports facilities for the London community.

"We want to help other clubs to improve their facilities, so even more Londoners get the chance to get active and participate in sport and I am urging groups to come forward and take advantage of this fantastic funding opportunity."

Kate Hoey MP, the Mayor of London's Commissioner for Sport, added: "The new facilities at Streatham-Croydon RFC are an excellent example of the kind of projects we have supported right across London. The Mayor's Sports Facilities Fund is making a tangible difference towards improving grassroots sports provision and I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved in the project to date."

RFU’s Area Facilities Manager Rick Bruin said: "Streatham-Croydon is a prime example of a thriving community rugby club whose playing and coaching numbers outstripped their existing facilities.

"There is a direct relationship between quality of facilities and participation levels. The better the quality of rugby facilities the more likely people are to participate and stay involved in the game."