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Minister’s praise for rugby plans

Major plans: From left, chairman of Chorley RUFC Tony Callander; Culture, Media and Sport minister Sajid Javid; and director of construction company Decipher, Tony Caton

Major plans: From left, chairman of Chorley RUFC Tony Callander; Culture, Media and Sport minister Sajid Javid; and director of construction company Decipher, Tony Caton

Plans for the £3m transformation of a rugby club have been praised by a Government minister.

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, visited Chorley Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC) yesterday to find out more about the development.

He met members of the club and those involved in the project, including Tony Callander, chairman of Chorley Rugby Union Trust, Tony Caton, from Decipher Construction Management, and Rob Loughenbury, who plays for the club and is the Conservatives’ candidate in Chorley for the general election.

Mr Javid said: “I’m very keen on promoting community sport and letting the community do that themselves and this is an excellent example of that.

“This is not just giving a long-term future to the rugby club but also lots of other community sports and leisure activities.”

Chorley RUFC sold 6.4 acres of its land off Chancery Road, Astley Village, to fund the development.

Work will begin in coming weeks to demolish the existing clubhouse.

A two-storey pavilion will be built on the site with a host of facilities, including a function room, a dance floor, a viewing balcony and a fitness studio.

There will be two new flood-lit pitches - one with newly-laid grass and the other with artificial grass - and car parking.

The new facilities will be open to other sports teams and members of the community.

Seven jobs will be created.

Mr Callander said: “This is guaranteeing the future of the club and a number of other activities that couldn’t take place in Chorley otherwise.”

Mr Loughenbury said: “At least 65 per cent of construction work will be done by local companies and I think this shows the contribution it will make to the local community.”

 

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