Rugby club to open new facilities with fun day

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Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards will swap Kingston Park for Whitley Bay this weekend to take part in a family fun day at Rockcliff Rugby Club.

The rugby union legend will take a break from his preparations for the new Premiership season with the newly-promoted Falcons to officially open the new £250,000 changing facilities at Rockcliff on Saturday from 1pm.

The former British Lion and England international will give his seal of approval to the Lovaine Avenue club as part of a day designed to celebrate Rockcliff’s development and attract new players of all ages.

“It’s great that Dean will be coming along to see what the club is all about and we are absolutely certain that he will be really impressed,” Rockcliff director of rugby Neil Hayton said.

“We are going from strength to strength at all levels of the club and we’re pretty certain that Dean will be pleased to see that rugby at a grassroots level is really thriving in Whitley Bay, especially among local children.”

Admission to the fun day is free and activities being lined up by the organisers include a bouncy castle, seven-a-side rugby, a tug-o-war and barbecue and Richards is due to perform the opening ceremony at 2pm.

Neil added: “We are always on the look-out for new players for the seniors and the youth section which is really something we are proud of because children who play at Rockcliff and the volunteers who coach them are making the future of the club look very bright indeed.

“We want as many people who fancy seeing what we are all about to pop along so they will get a taste of what a friendly community club Rockcliff is and also so they see what a great game rugby union can be as well.”