- Staffordshire club opens extensive new facilities
- Developments funded with the help of the RFU Capital Investment Programme
Photo: RFU Archive
Aidan Burley, the Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, opened Cannock’s new changing room block at their Stafford Road headquarters.
Burley, a keen rugby fan who plays for the Commons and Lords XV rugby team, cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, which was attended by around 180 people.
The ground now boasts some of the best facilities in Staffordshire with four changing rooms, two officials’ rooms, a physiotherapy room and a full suite of washrooms.
The new facilities cost £229,332 and were funded with £85,000 from the RFU Capital Investment Programme and a £45,000 loan from the Rugby Football Foundation.
The 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.
The Rugby Football Foundation is a registered charity established by the Rugby Football Union. The purpose of the Rugby Football Foundation is to promote and develop community amateur rugby in England.
Cannock hope that the facilities will help to increase their membership – playing and social – and to provide a focus for the local community.
Cannock have already formed a new women’s rugby section, which has around 30 members and a busy programme of fixtures.
Cannock have also provided after-school sessions to five local primary schools, which culminated in a tournament at the club for 12 teams of years three to four youngsters.
Cannock were originally formed in 1946 but reformed in 1981 and played at three grounds before they settled at their current headquarters in 1987.