A HARTLEPOOL rugby club is investing in its future as work on a new £900,000 clubhouse gets underway.
Work has started on the new facility at West Hartlepool Rugby Club, in Catcote Road.
It will provide much-needed new dressing rooms, a 200-seat community room and fitness room.
Hartlepool waste firm Niramax is the project’s major supporter through the Landfill Communities Fund.
West chairman Peter Olsen said: “Since moving to Brinkburn, the club has operated from what was a school hockey pavilion, with four small dressing rooms.
“We have more than 200 youngsters playing on a Sunday, as well as four adult teams, so the new dressing rooms are urgently needed, and we are very grateful to Niramax whose support is making this possible.”
The facility will also be used for hockey, by the rugby club’s neighbours Catcote Academy and Hartlepool Sixth Form College as well as community groups.
The clubhouse, being built by Kingfield Developments, is due for completion next February.
Niramax chief executive Frank Antropik said: “This is the biggest local project we have been able to support through landfill tax.”