Club fundraising for new look clubhouse

HUNDREDS of people took part in a sponsored walk in aid of a local rugby club and charity.

More than 500 people of all ages took part in the walk from the war memorial in Whitley Bay to Tynemouth Priory and back.

It was organised by Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC, along with some members of Tynemouth United Football Club.

The walk raised money to redevelop changing facilities at the rugby club and for the Blue Lamp Foundation, set up by Pc David Rathband.

Some completed the walk in fancy dress, some had collection buckets while a small set of rugby posts were carried by youngsters – more than 150 children attend mini rugby sessions.

The plan is for a redeveloped clubhouse, new car parking, an indoor changing barn with state of the art G4 pitches, a switching and resurfacing of the pitches, bringing the first team pitch closer to the clubhouse and redeployment of floodlighting to the far end of the grounds.

There will also be a children’s play area and a fitness/training trail around the periphery of the grounds with 20 or so exercise stations.

The total cost of the development will be in excess of £1m with the first essential stage costing in the region of £250,000.

In the summer a group of senior players are aiming to tackle the Three Peaks – Ben Nevis, Scarfell and Snowdon – in a day, carrying the rugby posts.

Rockcliff are also keen to help the Blue Lamp Foundation, which provides support for injured emergency servicemen and women.