Chelsea Transfer Target
Apr 29, 2019, 4:54 PM
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Amid the continuing ballyhoo surrounding the proposed new stadium up in Workington (to be shared by Workington Town RLFC and Workington FC), League One Whitehaven have announced plans to spend £6m revamping the Recreation Ground.
The online version of the Whitehaven News reports:
Whitehaven RLFC have revealed an ambitious £6m project to revamp their home and put the club at the heart of the community. The redevelopment of the Recreation Ground would involve the creation of a new building – The Hub – at the Railway End of the stadium which would have a range of uses including the capacity to host events for up to 700 people, hydrotherapy pools for rehabilitation and spaces for community groups. The ground itself would also be overhauled, with the installation of a 4G pitch, the creation of new stands and a move to return a roof to the Popular Side.
Director Mark Stamper gave a passionate presentation to a packed room of supporters at the stadium about the club's vision of a team filled with local talent and a modern facility to bring the community together under one roof. Mr Stamper said the new building could also include tournament-class facilities for boxing and martial arts, educational and arts facilities and space for socialising with a bar and cafe. He said: "We've been working on this for four years and this is where we are now. It's not a wild dream; we have a detailed plan. This is a historic home for rugby league in Whitehaven. We don't need a new stadium, just renovation of our existing facilities. We have the capability among us to develop it so why lose it?"
Fans heard that the club have been working on the plans for a number of years while creating a team of mostly local players and strengthening links with amateur sports clubs, and are now at the stage where funding must be found to make the development a reality. Mr Stamper appealed to local people and businesses to help them secure the money needed and added that if some but not all of the £6m could be secured, the project could be scaled down to £3m as long as it did not compromise what they were trying to achieve. "This is a call to arms," he said. "That is what we are here for today; there's no point pretending it's not a lot of money because it is. We need you to come to us with businesses. It's about doing something that would benefit the whole community as well as elevating this rugby club. The timescale is budget. We need to make it happen and whatever avenues we need to go down to secure that, so be it."
(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Apr 29, 2019, 4:55 PM)