Grant will kick-start rugby club improvements

TECH THAT! Tech Rugby Club chairman John Dove (left) with treasurer Keith Large
TECH THAT! Tech Rugby Club chairman John Dove (left) with treasurer Keith Large

A RUGBY club is kicking on after receiving a grant to fund major improvements at its ground.

And the cash boost for West Hartlepool Technical Day School Old Boys, which is known as Tech, comes at a time when the club, formed in 1955, is able to field a rugby team for the first time in five years.

The £21,989 grant, from the Impetus Environmental Trust, is being used to carry out a number of projects to the club’s base in Wiltshire Way, including additional security and much-needed improvements to the 27-year-old building, in particular the creation of female changing facilities.

A further £500 has come from Hartlepool councillor, George Springer’s ward member budget.

The improvements are all part of Tech’s aim to make the club more of a part of Throston and the wider community.

Club treasurer and president Dave Bramley said: “The project will make a positive impact by making the club facilities more available to the whole community, thus enabling them to become more involved in social activities and sport.”

The club is more than just a centre for rugby and as well as playing host to Tech Phoenix, its first rugby team since 2009, the club also supports other sports, including footballs team for both sexes.

And the drive to improve Tech’s home continues apace, with former players meeting every Tuesday to carry out further work.

“By providing affordable, easy to access, welcoming sports and social facilities, we can bring families together to enjoy sport or leisure or both,” added Mr Bramley, who wished to thank Peter Gowland of Hartlepool LVDA for his assistance in securing the Impetus funding.