Success on and off the rugby pitch

Team work: Hope Valley Rugby Club players, staff and Lafarge representatives.
Team work: Hope Valley Rugby Club players, staff and Lafarge representatives.
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MUD’s part and parcel of life at a rugby club – but is less welcome when it causes problems off the pitch.

Hope Valley Rugby Club has been given help from the nearby Lafarge Cement Works to rid the car park at its Castleton ground of an unwelcome reputation as a boggy quagmire.

A donation of 200 tonnes of crushed stone, the loan of some specialist machinery and a significant amount of man power helped the club transform its car park and, at the same time, improve access to a children’s play area.

The crushed stone was used to create a good quality surface for the car park, improving facilities for rugby players, visitors and the emergency services should they need to attend to any injuries – and also for children accessing the neighbouring play area.

Hope Valley Rugby Club chairman Steve Richardson said: “Our club has gone from strength to strength, getting promoted each year.

With this success comes more traffic in and out of the club grounds and the car park was not of a good enough standard.”