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Lutterworth celebrate at official opening of improved facilities

03 February 2014

  • Lutterworth mark opening of new facilities
  • Bill Beaumont guest of honour at celebratory dinner
RFU chairman Bill Beaumont with members of Lutterworth RFC

Photo: RFU Archive

Bill Beaumont, chairman of the RFU Board of directors and a former England and British and Irish Lions captain, was guest of honour at a dinner to celebrate the official opening of Lutterworth’s clubhouse extension and expanded changing facilities.

Almost 170 guests attended the gala dinner at Lutterworth’s Ashby Lane headquarters, which was the culmination of several years of planning and fundraising by the Leicestershire club.

The changing rooms extension and clubhouse renovations, which cost almost £400,000 in total, were first conceived in the 1990s and plans were drawn up in the mid-2000s. Planning permission was first obtained in 2009 and fundraising began in 2011.

The project was part-funded by a £60,000 grant from the RFU’s Capital Facilities Investment Programme, an £80,000 loan from the Rugby Football Foundation charitable trust and another grant from the RFU’s Social Spaces programme.

Lutterworth also generated around £80,000 from their own fundraising initiatives and now have a smart new lounge, improved kitchen facilities and two additional changing rooms.

Work on the project began last October and the impressive facility was opened at the dinner at which Beaumont and Russ Hillier, a former RFU Council Member for Gloucestershire, proved popular guest speakers.

“This has given the club a real boost,” said Lutterworth secretary Colin Hudson. “Our bar takings are up significantly and the new changing rooms mean that we can provide separate facilities for our thriving women’s and girls’ section.”