England rugby legend opens refurbished multi-sport pavilion in Surrey
Date published: 09/11/2012
England’s legendary Grand Slam winning captain and the current Chairman of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Bill Beaumont, has officially opened a refurbished pavilion in Brockham, Surrey.
The £1m project involved the complete rebuilding of the interior of the existing building and has been made possible by the financial support of the Football Foundation, who contributed £99,999 towards he project, the Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football Foundation, Mole Valley District Council, The Wates Foundation, The National Trust and the Surrey Hills LEADER Local Action Group, as well as generous contributions from Brockham Badgers Football Club and many of the members of Dorking Rugby Football Club.
The outcome is a superb facility which supports both Rugby Football and Association Football at the Big Field, plus a wide range of other sporting, leisure and social uses for the local community. It comprises a ground floor club social area and bar, an upstairs Wates Community Club Room, six changing rooms conforming to the latest RFU and FA requirements, a gym and a medical room.
Bill Beaumont, RFU Chairman and Guest of Honour at the Opening Ceremony at The Big Field in Brockham, said: “Community amateur sports clubs such as Dorking and Brockham Badgers really are the life blood of team sport in the UK. It is incumbent on us all who administer the game to help ensure that when children show up to give rugby or football a try that they have a quality experience and want to come back for more. If it isn’t, they won’t.
"That is why the rugby and football governing bodies, Mole Valley council and the National Trust coming together to make the Dorking redevelopment project happen is so vitally important. It is a magnificent facility and will serve as a sporting centre of excellence and a source of fun and friendships for many years to come.”
Ted Ivens, Dorking Rugby Football Club President, said: “The completion of this project has taken a great deal of hard work from a large number of people. We are immensely proud of what has been achieved and extremely grateful to all the organisations and individuals who have supported us, financially and otherwise, throughout the project.
“Dorking Rugby Football Club and Brockham Badgers Football Club, and indeed the rest of the community, can now look forward to enjoying this fantastic facility in the years to come”.
James Friend, local Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: "Mole Valley District Council is committed to listening to our communities, helping residents to access the leisure services that they need and delivering value for money. There is no doubt that this excellent investment delivers on all three of these objectives.
“We are delighted to have been able to support this important recreational project, which will help ensure that the development of rugby and football in the area will grow amongst the local community, and beyond.”
Rick Bruin, the Rugby Football Union’s Area Facilities Manager in the South East, praised the work of Dorking RFC and Mole Valley District Council in driving the project forward.
The RFU supported the project with a grant of £99,000 from its Capital Investment Programme (CIP) and further authorised a loan of £100,000 from the Rugby Football Foundation.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:“It is fantastic to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Surrey FA, the club and the council have worked extremely hard to ensure this project came to fruition and deserve great credit for their endeavours.
“There is a direct correlation between quality of facilities and participation levels. The better the quality of sports facilities the more likely people are to participate and stay involved in sport.
“This project in Brockham is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing all over the country. The Foundation, with the crucial support of our funding partners the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England), is transforming the grassroots landscape in this country.”
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