Brick scheme to help Ilkley RFC grandstand extension

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Artist’s impression of the Ilkley Rugby Club plans Artist’s impression of the Ilkley Rugby Club plans

Rugby fans and supporters are being offered a chance to have a brick personally dedicated to them to help build an Ilkley club’s latest facilities.

Ilkley RFC has been granted planning permission by Bradford Council for an extension to its clubhouse and grandstand, opened in 2011.

This will house a fitness and rehabilitation suite, giving players full access to indoor training facilities, and a physiotherapy area to help treat players.

The new clubhouse on Stacks Field, Denton Road, was built following a major fundraising push by the club, and funding from Sport England, Bradford Council, Ilkley Parish Council and a loan from the Rugby Football Union.

Now the club is again embarking on a fundraising campaign to generate the money for the latest addition to club facilities.

The extension and new facilities are expected to cost about £130,000 in total to build.

People are being invited to boost funds in a ‘Buy-a-Brick’ scheme. In exchange for £100 sponsorship, a brick will have a name of choice printed onto it, as a lasting reminder of the contribution to the club.

Ilkley Rugby Club has set a target of raising £15,000 through the appeal.

Money for the new extension will also be raised through special events, and the club is to apply for funding from organisations including the Rugby Football Union and Ilkley Parish Council.

It hopes to start the building work in May, at the end of the current rugby season.

The new facilities will be used by the club’s players, and by sports clubs using the premises.

Anyone who would like to sponsor a brick can contact Richard Scargill on 07504 859551 or e-mail richard@richardscargill.co.uk.

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