Youngsters open up new-look clubhouse

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TOWCESTRIANS newly-redeveloped clubhouse was officially opened by the youngest members of the four sporting sections.

The youngest of the four was Lucy Pittom, who aged just three, has just started her first season learning how to play rugby at Tows.

Crispin Slee, chairman of Towcestrians mini and junior rugby section, said: “Rugby is such a male-dominated sport so the fact that our youngest member is a girl is absolutely fantastic.”

Dressed in his whites and representing the cricket section was young James Bristow, five, and from hockey was Lucy Plumridge, 11.

Teenager Sam Conrich, who at 16 was the oldest of the four, stepped up for the tennis section. Sam plays for the men’s team alongside his father Andy.

The four cut a maroon and yellow ribbon to officially open the new clubhouse in Greens Norton Road at a lunch for 250 sponsors.

The clubhouse has been transformed by a £250,000 refurbishment.

Frank Osborne, chairman of Towcestrians, paid tribute to South Northants District Council who provided a £120,000 grant to help fund the building project.

He also thanked eleven local organisations and businesses who between them have pledged nearly £150,000.

The sponsorship money will be used to fund ongoing building work and repay a £75,000 loan from the RFU, whom Mr Osborne also thanked.

Among the crowd of sponsors and veteran players were three of the members who helped to build the original clubhouse on a greenfield site 40 years ago.