Rugby club's new headquarters

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 June 2013

The proposed clubhouse.

The proposed clubhouse.

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A RUGBY club has submitted plans to build a new clubhouse and changing facility to fulfil the 'aspirations and needs' of players.

Cheddar Valley Rugby Club is looking to build on the site of the original clubhouse which was demolished around 15 years ago and is now a concrete slab.

The club has been based at the Sharpham Road Playing Fields since 1963 and has junior teams of all age groups with more than 100 members, two senior teams and a developing girls team.

Both Cheddar Cricket Club and Cheddar Lawn Tennis Club, which also use the site, support the plans.

Club chairman Patrick Cullen said: “We want to build a community facility which can be used by the different sport clubs. It is really a sport community hub idea.

“We need a home too and it will help with the club’s identity. We have a good structure at the club and this will only benefit us.”

One comment has been received by the council so far, in support of the proposal.

Victor Matthews said: “The much-needed upgrading and increase in the changing facilities is long overdue.

“Due to the expected increase in the population of Cheddar in the near future these parish playing fields along with the rugby club playing area is going to be well-used.”

The clubhouse would contain a kitchen, bar, washroom facilities and four changing rooms and has been designed to be in-keeping with other surrounding buildings.

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