Club marks opening of its new clubhouse

Scott Carruthers, Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC (centre right), invites Ken Fraser, president of Northumberland Rugby Union, to officially open the refurbished clubhouse as guests and funders look on.

Scott Carruthers, Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC (centre right), invites Ken Fraser, president of Northumberland Rugby Union, to officially open the refurbished clubhouse as guests and funders look on.

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A rugby club has celebrated the launch of its newly refurbished clubhouse.

Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC is hoping to become the town’s Rugby World Club hub with the new look facilities in Lovaine Avenue.

A special ceremony was held on Saturday, September 12, with Ken Fraser, president of Northumberland Rugby Football Union cutting the ribbon.

Paying tribute to the volunteers who had brought the major development to fruition, he said: “Rockcliff have been determined to put themselves at the heart of the community of Whitley Bay.

“This new development, along with the continued growth of teams involving players of all ages is testament that these plans are working.”

The redevelopment has been made possible with the support of Biffa Award, Northumberland Rugby Union, Rockcliff Foundation, Rugby Football Union, Sage Community Fund, Sir James Knott Trust and a major award from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities programme alongside the club’s own resources.

A Family Fun Day is being held on Saturday, September 19, from 11am to 4pm to mark the start of the World Cup.

Teams from under 6s through to senior sides will be taking part in a marathon of rugby alongside activities including tug-o-war, Mega Slide, face painting, tombola, Soak the Coac, and food.

Scott Carruthers, president of Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC, said: “The Rugby World Cup promises to be a great advert for rugby.

“The Family Fun Day underlines the inclusive nature of rugby at Rockcliff as well as giving us the chance to show off our new facilities and the strides we have made.”

Rockcliff will be showing every Rugby World Cup match beginning with the England v Fiji opener that kicks off on Friday, September 18, at 8pm with all welcome.

More details are available at www.rockcliffrfc.co.uk