Newcastle RUFC have completed the refurbishment of their clubhouse at a cost of £250,000.
The work, which took 11 months to complete, includes an upgrade in facilities for both players and staff as well as attracting the attention of the general public with a new look bar.
The clubhouse changes included the whole of the bar area, entrance hall, shop, a new veranda, a new kit storage extension as well as plans to improve the outside pitches due to the number of teams that play on them.
Club chairman Richard Thomas is determined that the new look will be key in helping out current players and the social side in attracting more people to the club, even if they don’t know much about the sport.
“The main reason for the refurbishment of the club was basically to improve facilities for players and for people coming down to use the club,” he said.
Another reason for the change was to help increase the revenue of the club, so more can put back into rugby itself.
“Hopefully the facilities now will allow us to increase revenue that we can now put back into rugby.”
Thomas is also keen that the refurbishment will be a huge asset which will help in the future as there will be the right facilities to head the club onto better things.
“The refurbishment of the club will help in the future. Obviously, we are in a predominantly football era, so we have to have facilities that attract people to rugby,” Thomas added.
“It is an ongoing procedure, trying to improve facilities and trying to attract players to the game and being an amateur club, we have to increase revenue to try and cater for our large number of sides.”