After a very long road, Fawley RFC has now received planning permission for a Clubhouse. Planning first started way back in 2013 when the club was still located at Waterside Sports and Social Club. The club move to its present location at the start of the 2014 rugby season. At this time the 2 proposed pitches had not been completed, which meant the club had to use a temporary pitch across the road.
Since moving to Newlands Park, in Gang Warily the club has made a lot of progress with improving the facilities. Both pitches are fully operational, the training pitch is now fully floodlit and along with 50% of the main pitch. Also on site we have the storage containers and a welfare unit to house all the rugby equipment and supply hot tea with a bacon roll on a Sunday morning.
All these improvements have helped to recruit and retain players. The biggest growth has been in our juniors going from 40 up to currently 140 children aged 4-16. In addition, the senior side was promoted last season and is now competing at the top of Hampshire 1 looking for the next promotion.
In 2018 the club started a new walking rugby section for all those retired players, or for anyone wanting to give rugby a go but without the contact. Since its introduction this has also gone from strength to strength.
In order to continue with the growth and integration with the community schools and population, Fawley RFC needed to have a place to call home. With our own clubhouse this will give us a firm footing to continue with the development and growth of the club. We will be able to offer the community a safe and controlled area to train, play and watch rugby.
Fawley Rugby Club has been in the Waterside area since the 1920’s. With our proposed New club house this should keep the club in the area playing rugby for many years to come.