£50,000 hope for new roof at club

A long-established rugby union club on the Fylde coast says the roof on its clubhouse has reached such a poor state that the club needs to raise £50,000 to repair it.

Monday, 3rd September 2018, 11:22 am
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:13 pm
Fleetwood Rugby Club in action V Tilsley at Melbourne Avenue

Fleetwood Rugby Club, based on Melbourne Avenue, says the condition of the roof will soon mean it will be unable to offer any activities in the function room.

But critically, because the roof extends to the club’s changing rooms, it would also be unable to function as a competitive sports club.

So the club, which has 250 junior players and 100 seniors on its books, is launching a public appeal for any kind of help which might raise the necessary funds.

The club has approached the Rugby Football Union for a £50,000 interest-free loan which, if approved, could be paid back over 15 years.

Steve Spencer, club president, said: “We have never needed to raise anything like this in our history but we have no choice, because parts of the roof have become degraded and we had several leaks last year.”

The club, established on the site since the 1950s, is looking to replace the current roof with a modern fibre glass structure.

A full pitched roof would cost around £100,000.

To help, contact the club on (01253) 874774.