A WINNING afternoon was on offer as Pershore Rugby Club players and staff took the wraps off the ground’s new £80,000 changing rooms and refurbished clubhouse.
Dignitaries, grant providers and sponsors were on hand to mark the occasion which saw Coun Frances Smith, chairman of Wychavon District Council, and Jim Haywood, financial director of Severn Waste Services, cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of the four new changing rooms.
Council chiefs together with Severn Waste Services and Sport England have provided grants towards the major project.
Players immediately put the modern and independent changing rooms, each with their own toilet and showers, to good use.
Pershore’s 1st XV played Harbury in a league match, winning 57-0, and Pershore’s Social XV were narrowly defeated 24-21 by Evesham.
On Sunday Pershore hosted a mixed touch tournament at Piddle Park, with teams from Camp Hill, Cheltenham and Ross playing Pershore.
The new changing rooms were in full flow as men, women and children all played and were able to change separately.
Richard George, chairman of Pershore Rugby Club, said: “The aim of the new changing rooms is to get men, women and children all playing rugby at Pershore at the same time and so, in the next two years, we want to double the number playing sport and socialising at Piddle Park.
“The opening of our new and improved facilities is an important landmark in our work to achieve that goal.
“We already have a fabulous location and some of the best pitches in the county and we now have changing rooms and an upgraded clubhouse to match that, for existing and new players.
“Also, we are becoming increasingly popular as a venue for a wide range of events and functions for the wider local community, so this upgrade will improve the experience of those who book with us for their wedding receptions, birthday parties and other events.
“We’re delighted to welcome social and recreational groups who want to use our premises for anything from rounders tournaments to camping weekends.”