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New community clubhouse for Dartford rugby club

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 October 2018

Dartford Valley Rugby Club is set to receive a new community clubhouse thanks to Kent-based building contractor BBS Construction. Picture:  Dartford Borough Council

Dartford Valley Rugby Club is set to receive a new community clubhouse thanks to Kent-based building contractor BBS Construction. Picture: Dartford Borough Council

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Dartford Valley Rugby Club is set to receive a new community clubhouse thanks to Kent-based building contractor BBS Construction.

The company was awarded the £3.6 million contract to deliver the new 800 sq.m. clubhouse, with the facility providing a sports and leisure club for the local community as well as offering a permanent home to the club’s league teams.

The facility will also include a flood lit 3G rugby pitch, a second grass pitch and suitable car parking in a fully landscaped environment.

The sustainable facility has been designed to serve the growing community around Stone Lodge as well as provide sporting opportunities for students at the new secondary school opening nearby.

When the community clubhouse opens next summer it will accommodate not just the senior teams but also the growing mini and junior sections.

Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: “The investment into the new clubhouse is part of the council’s long-term commitment to improving leisure facilities in Dartford.

“Our previous investments in places like Fairfield, Princes Park and Dartford Cricket Club have seen a huge up-take in participation in activities especially amongst the young. I think the role that these facilities can play for the rest of the community are also now being fully appreciated. “People and local organisations adopt them as the places for celebrations, parties and meetings and they can become the heart of a community.

“I think rugby has the potential to involve and engage huge numbers of families and I’m very proud to be bringing that to the heart of the Stone community.”

Chris Goldsmith, managing director of BBS Construction said: “We’re delighted to get started on this exciting new project, delivering much needed sports facilities not only for Dartford Valley Rugby club, but also to the local community.”

Club chairman Peter Timon said: “Rugby is about family and community, but it’s also about discipline, respect and teamwork. “Working in partnership with Dartford Borough Council has meant that the dream of a home of our own is now coming true.

“Our rugby family in Stone is about to get a whole lot bigger! Roll on summer 2019.”

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