New captain and new facilities for Thornbury rugby club

July 29 2020
New captain and new facilities for Thornbury rugby club

THORNBURY Rugby Club have unveiled a new captain for the forthcoming season.

Sam Poustie takes over the role from Sam Evans, whilst Rich Jones takes charge of the second team.

Stu Adams continues to lead the third XV, and Laura Panting stays as Ladies team captain.

The club has also announced that additional changing rooms and a medical room are to be built.

The new facilities are designed specifically to benefit the club’s growth plans for women’s and girls' rugby, as well as providing a state-of-the-art medical facility for all players.

The money comes from a levy on the builders of the Post Farm Development and has been granted by South Gloucestershire Council. Construction work is due to start in August.

Chairman Geoff Sprackman said: “We are excited that the club is set to receive this valuable funding which will have a big impact in allowing us to grow our inclusive sporting community. We want to thank the Council and the Administration for its support.

Thornbury Rugby Club is proud to already have successful men’s and junior squads and are keen to continue developing our levels of female participation following a real surge in recent years.

This funding, by improving and expanding our changing rooms, really gives us a chance to get more teams of all ages and genders out on pitches at the same time and grow as a club.”

South Gloucestershire councillors Matthew Riddle and Keith Burchell, whose Severn Vale ward includes the rugby club's home, said: “Thornbury Rugby Club has been an important part of our local community for many years, offering the fun and inclusivity of team sports for people of all ages and so we are pleased this funding will be going towards new facilities that will help meet the growing demand.”

Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall added: “I am delighted that we have managed to secure this much needed funding for Thornbury Rugby Club to continue the expansion of their women’s and youth membership.

"This club has been so important to our community for nearly sixty years and we should be immensely proud to have one of the best local rugby clubs in the South West right on our doorstep.”