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Denbigh RFC gets the best facilities of any rugby union team in North Wales

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Brian Thomas, president of Denbigh Rugby Club, with Cadwyn Clwyd Project Officer Helen Roberts at the opening of the club's new stand

Denbigh RFC have the best facilities of any rugby union club in North Wales thanks to the rural regeneration agency Cadwyn Clwyd.

Cadwyn Clwyd gave the Division Two North League Club gave 70 per cent of the £11,646 needed to build a new stand.

The Denbigh-based Freeman Evans Trust (which gives grants towards helping disabled access) and club-raised funds helped meet the remainder of the costs.

Denbigh RFC’s grant is part of the the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Project Officer Helen Roberts said: “Denbigh has a tremendous community spirit and a real sporting tradition so this is the sort of facility that will really be well used and provide recreation opportunities for people of all ages.

“The rugby club is deeply rooted in the town and does a tremendous job in encouraging young people to play sport and be active and this new stand adds to their already excellent facilities.”

The stand, built by local firm Gem Structural Solutions, marked the end of Brian Thomas’ three years as club president.

Mr Thomas said: “We had a three year programme at the club which included formalising the car parking, flood lights and building a stand.

“We had done the first two and the last part of the equation was the stand. We wanted the stand because we have an ageing population coming to watch the games and a few people who are disabled also come along.

“From the club house down to the pitch was grassy and bumpy and as part of the project we also wanted to build a path so that those in wheelchairs or those unsteady on their feet, could gain access.

“That was where the Freeman Evans Trust came in and gave us a grant.

“At the same time we set about finding funding to put up the stand to help the older generation and Cadwyn Clwyd kindly gave us 80% towards the project.

“We also raised some money ourselves.

“Now we have the stand it’s the final piece of the jigsaw.”

Denbigh is one of the biggest rugby clubs in North Wales running teams from four-year-old minis to a veterans’ team.

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