A new gym has been opened at Kempston Rugby Club for its members.
Players and officials from Kempston Hammers Sports and Social Club, of which the rugby club is a part of, were joined by Cllr Mohammed Masud, Mayor of Kempston, to commemorate the occasion on Saturday, December 12.
Named Dr Jim’s, after Dr Jim Bradley, a long time club stalwart whose application for lotto funding of £10,000 made the gym possible, will be open for the whole of the sports and social club.
Jon Billington, chairman of Kempston Rugby Club said: “This is a fantastic day for Kemspton Rugby Club. Last season the club were on the brink of folding, which after over 100 years would have been a travesty.
“Through the dedication of a few key people, who wouldn’t let the club die, we have made some real progress. Jim was relentless in pushing for this funding and with the effort of players and members chipping in it has become a reality.”
Kempston Rugby Club is playing in the Estrella Damm Merit League as they rebuild to be in a position to get back into the RFU league structure.
Martin John, head coach added: “The building of the gym has been a really exciting time for all the squad. It’s been pretty much all anyone has been talking about at training.
“We are working to strike that balance between really enjoying ourselves and being successful. This is another step in the right direction and will hopefully attract some more players as we are hoping to be able to put out two sides again, for the first time in a long time.”
The gym will be open to all Kempston Hammers Sports and Social Club members, which also boasts football, cricket, bowls and tug of war teams, as well as a venue to hire for all occasions.
Colin Pettit, chairman of Kemspton Hammers Sports and Social Club said: “The rugby section have done a tremendous amount of work in making this happen. The fact the whole club can benefit is great and improves the offer from the club and in time for Christmas so members can work off those extra Christmas lunches.”
For information on Kempston Rugby Club visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/kempstonrfc or call 07733228383.
To become a member of Kempston Hammers Sports and Social Club contact 01234 853262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.