Lights! Rugby! Action! as club applies for brighter future


Market Rasen and Louth Rugby Club is pressing ahead with improvements, despite halting more lavish proposals last year.

The club in Willingham Road had planned a £400,000 new club house and other improvements but blamed tough economic conditions for putting them on hold.

“It was going to cost too much, the whole building and the club house,” said Club Treasurer Steve Everton.

“It’s in the hands of the RFU. They have taken over the process and dealing with the planning permissions.”

However, the club has now applied to West Lindsey District Council for new floodlights, something which was part of the original proposals.

The training level floodlights are planned to be four 15 metre lights aimed to give 100 lux of light.

They would be sited on an adjoining rugby field next to an existing floodlit pitch, and would double the club’s training capacity.

The cost would be in the “tens of thousands” which will be part-funded by the club with the rest coming from other sources.

“It’s our next major project. It’s just a question of when not if,” said Steve.

After deferring the new clubhouse last year, some £30,000 was spent on refurbishing the existing building.

Further maintenance and repair is planned later this month thanks to £1,500 from Natwest Bank and the RFU.

To help pay for the lights and other works, the 400-member club regularly stages fundraising activities.

Recent events include quiz nights, racing nights, a ball which raised £3,000, plus last month’s Player’s Dinner, featuring former Bath and England prop Gareth Chilcott.