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Pavilion prepared

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 05 July 2010

The final preparations are being made as Southwold Rugby Club gets ready for the official opening of the new sports pavilion at the weekend.

Brian Williams, president of the Rugby Football Union, will be on hand on Sunday, to officially open the £460,000 clubhouse, which is alos used by Southwold Cricket Club ad Sole Bay United Football Club as well as the town's rugby club, and is owned by Southwold and Reydon Recreational Development Council, a local charity.

The final preparations are being made as Southwold Rugby Club gets ready for the official opening of the new sports pavilion at the weekend.

Brian Williams, president of the Rugby Football Union, will be on hand on Sunday, to officially open the £460,000 clubhouse, which is alos used by Southwold Cricket Club ad Sole Bay United Football Club as well as the town's rugby club, and is owned by Southwold and Reydon Recreational Development Council, a local charity.

The RFU contributed £125,000 in the form of a £40,000 loan and £6000 grant from the Rugby Football Foundation plus £79,000 of RFU monies from the National Sports Foundation.

There was a further matched grant of £125,000 from the National Sports Foundation which is administered by Sport England.

And the project which was six years in the planning and building would never have reached completion without the support of Southwold Town Council and the Southwold Trust.

Southwold RFC will celebrate the official opening when their 1st XV take on a President's XV while Southwold Cricket Club will play Sole Bay United FC in a Twenty/20 cricket match.

Robert Temple, president of Southwold RFC and trustee of Southwold and Reydon Recreational Development Council said: “This has been a long and arduous journey which a small number of us have traversed from start to finish and without which this magnificent new facility for the community would not have come into being.

“David Vaughan, the rugby club's project manager, and I are hugely grateful for the support from the RFU and also numerous community groups, especially Southwold Town Council and the Southwold Trust who gave us the original pledges from which everything else has flowed.”

The previous building was a 'temporary' structure constructed in the 1960s and extended twice in the 1980s which was totally unsuitable for the demands of modern sport and recreation.

If funding had not been secured for the replacement, the three clubs would have either had to relocate, amalgamate or simply fold.

Sport England East's Regional Director, Chris Perks said: “The new sports pavilion is a great example of how National Sports Foundation funding can improve the sporting experience for rugby, cricket and football players within Southwold. It puts all three sports based at the pavilion on a firm foundation to attract new players and retain those who are already club members.”

The single storey pavilion comprises four RFU-compliant changing rooms and toilet facilities, two changing rooms for officials, an equipment store, lavatory for the disabled, kitchen and clubroom.

With two separate banks of changing rooms with their own showers there can now be simultaneous male and female rugby fixtures.

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