Woodhouse Giants Rugby Club has kicked off the season with spanking new facilities made possible thanks to huge effort from players and many others.
Players dedicated their time working throughout the closed season to build brand new changing rooms and shower block for the team’s new home at Lords Ground Park, Slant Lane Mansfield Wodhouse.
They had been meeting at various venues before moving to Slant Lane but wasted no time in transforming the neglected facilities into a top-class community resource.
Mansfield District Councillor Amanda Fisher, of Woodhouse ward, was pivotal to the restoration efforts.
She said: “Months of dedication and hard work building support from our local district, county councillors and businesses in Mansfield, Sutton and Mansfield Woodhouse was put in to make this happen.
“We also formed amazing working relationships with Mansfield District Council Parks and Open Spaces Department. But this could not have been achieved without the Woodhouse community at large and with all our supporters help we have succeeded.”
Coun Fisher, together with support from Joyce Bosnjak, Nottinghamshire County Councillor for Woodhouse , secured the backing of Mansfield District Council.
Mansfield’s Community Payback team also helped out by cross-levelling 75 tons of top soil.
The pitch’s brand new football posts were supplied and erected by Mansfield District Council.
Woodhouse Giants Rugby Union Football Club was formed by local players in 2012 and has completed its first season in the pennant structure of the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire rugby union areas.
A spokesman added; “This season we intend to build on these strong foundations and build up our senior section by fielding two or three teams by the end of the 2013-14 season.