DAVENTRY All Blacks rugby club have completed the first phase of a major redevelopment programme.
Club officials officially opened their new stand, recently erected on the main floodlit pitch at their ground at Stefen Hill, on Saturday.
Debbie and David Brown, of First Impressions, were invited to attend the club’s special ceremony.
The erection of the stand, sponsored by First Impressions, completed the first phase of the All Blacks’ major redevelopment plan which includes a first-class fully floodlit pitch, training ground with flood lights for all ages.
The second phase, still to be initiated, will include extensions to the changing rooms and car park renovation.
The growth of the club in recent years in regularly fielding four Saturday teams (three seniors and colts) and a vibrant mini and junior section training and playing on Sundays has necessitated the club to seek improved facilities.
The second phase, including the changing rooms, will be completed when finance becomes available.
The involvement of people and companies of the town and surrounding area is much appreciated by the club.
“Without their involvement the present playing facility could not have been achieved,” said club president Peter Banks.
“We are indebted to the help and sponsorship provided by First Impressions in enabling us to erect this stand.
“It is my pleasure to welcome them here today and to ask them to officially open this stand. It is capable of holding 180 people with seated and standing accommodation.”
“Some recent night matches, especially playing local rivals Long Buckby, have seen some very large crowds at the ground and the new stand adds a very sporting and convivial atmosphere,” said club vice-chairman Anthony Whitehead.