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West Norfolk sports club launches £30k lift fundraiser




A prominent sports organisation has launched an online fundraising campaign to improve facilities at its North Wootton base.

West Norfolk Rugby Club has set up a GoFundMe page with the aim of raising £30,000 to finance the installation of a lift for elderly and disabled visitors in its clubhouse.

The club hopes the project will be completed within a year, as part of a major redevelopment of facilities in time for its centenary in five years’ time.

Demolition work gets underway on the former West Norfolk Squash Club Building (far left in picture) at West Norfolk Rugby Club's Ground Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton.. (43301306)
Demolition work gets underway on the former West Norfolk Squash Club Building (far left in picture) at West Norfolk Rugby Club's Ground Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton.. (43301306)

While there hasn’t been much action on the field in recent weeks, and the clubhouse remains closed because of coronavirus restrictions, work has been taking place to demolish the former West Norfolk Squash Club building.

The campaign page says the club now has around 600 members, offering playing opportunities in mini and junior teams for girls and boys, as well as colts and senior men’s and women’s teams.

It continued: “The current clubhouse was built in the early 1990’s at a time when the club catered mainly for senior men’s rugby and not the diverse range of user groups experienced today.

Demolition work gets underway on the former West Norfolk Squash Club Building at West Norfolk Rugby Club's Ground Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton...Work underway showing the inside demolition of the white walled courts.. (43301302)
Demolition work gets underway on the former West Norfolk Squash Club Building at West Norfolk Rugby Club's Ground Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton...Work underway showing the inside demolition of the white walled courts.. (43301302)

“Consequently the changing facilities and other aspects of the clubhouse design and layout are not best suited to cater for the current membership profile and hence a review of the facilities in conjunction with the RFU has been undertaken and plans prepared for a redevelopment of the facilities.

“The club will celebrate its centenary in 2025 and the club are looking to raised funds to complete the overall redevelopment ahead of their anniversary.”

It added: “In the short term we are looking to improve access for elderly and disabled visitors to the clubhouse function room located on the first floor of the clubhouse and have agreed a budget estimate of £30,000 to undertake and complete the project which we hope to have finished by Autumn 2021”

Donations can be made via https://uk.gf.me/v/c/b6dm/disability-lift-west-norfolk-rugby-club



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