Folkestone Rugby Club
Folkestone Rugby Club is one of many thriving sports clubs in the Shepway District, taking a lead role in developing rugby in local schools and encouraging the sport’s development amongst young people. In 2009 the Club was experiencing difficulties with poor pitch drainage and inadequate club facilities since being forced to give up part of its original site to enable construction of the Channel Tunnel. Following consultations with The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, wide-ranging plans were made to redevelop facilities to deliver a brand new pitch and a complete rebuilding of two old pitches adjacent to the Folkestone Rugby clubhouse. The number of changing rooms was doubled, with dedicated rooms for girls and women members, 80 new car parking places were provided and the floodlighting system was completely overhauled. A viewing balcony and extra clubroom space was added in the clubroom, and improvements were made to the bar, kitchen and club shop.
Folkestone Rugby Club was successful in attracting grants from a number of organisations, including The National Sports Foundation, Kent County Council and The Rugby Football Union. Further information about the Club can be found at http://www.folkestonerugbyclub.co.uk/