Work starts on £4m project at Lancashire rugby club

Brookfields Pavilion, which is being built as part of the �4m development

Brookfields Pavilion, which is being built as part of the �4m development

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Work has started on a £4m state-of-the-art sports facility in Chorley.

Chorley Rugby Union Football Club’s site on Chancery Road is being transformed to create facilities for a host of sports throughout the year.

“The only limits on what we can do with the facilities are our own imaginations.”

Tony Callander

The development has been funded through the sale of some of the land for 50 new homes.

Tony Callander, chairman of Chorley Community Trust, which owns the site, said: “I’m very pleased that work has started.

“It’s a great relief that we are on track and have a firm handover date of next July to the trust of the completed development.”

Once work is completed, the site will include the two-storey Brookfields Pavilion, which will have a range of facilities.

There will be a seated stand for 350 spectators, a viewing balcony, a fitness suite, changing rooms, and physiotherapy and sports injuries clinics.

There will also be a sprung dance floor, function suite, kitchen, bars, toilets and space for conferences, meetings, community groups or exercise classes.

Outside there will two full-size flood-lit grass pitches and a full-size flood-lit artificial pitch, as well as car parking.

The new facilities will be used by more than just the rugby club.

Talks are currently being held with Astley Village Junior Football Club, the artificial pitch will be marked for football matches and exercise classes such as zumba and pilates could be held there.

Mr Callander hopes that having different clubs using the site will help to make it a success.

He said: “What we are doing is turning an uneconomic single sports site into a multi-use community centre for use throughout the year.

“Because there are a number of different organisations using it, it won’t have economic problems with continuing, whereas so many single sport clubs can’t continue to operate because they can’t afford to.”

Community groups could also use the pavilion and further education courses could be held there.

Mr Callander said: “The only limits on what we can do with the facilities are our own imaginations.”

Work is also underway to build the three, four and five bedroom homes on the site and Persimmon Homes will open its show home next month.

While the works take place, Chorley RUFC are training and playing at Chorley Panthers’ ground on Chisnall Lane, Coppull.