Rugby legend launches new clubhouse!

Rugby League legend Paul Sculthorpe MBE kicked off a brand new era for rugby in the area when he opened the brand new home of Cadishead Rhinos at Cadishead Recreation Ground.

Around £580,000 has been invested via several partners into completely transforming the new clubhouse, promising to bring huge benefits to both the club itself as well as the local community.

The Rhino’s old Lord Street HQ was in poor condition, not matching up to the club’s success and development or the league requirements.

The new building now meets the league standards and includes flexible changing rooms, with the introduction of female changing rooms for the first time. With disabled facilities, a kitchen and a social area, the facility now provides a much better environment for the 12,000 people that visit the club

each year.  The Rhinos also have links to local Super League Club Salford Red Devils, as well as their existing training and coaching, all of which is expected to encourage more visitors and participants, especially young people.

The project was made possible thanks to funding of £300,000 from Hamilton Davies Trust (HDT) and the remainder coming from the other partners Salford City Council, Salford Community Leisure and £15,000 from Cadishead Rhinos own fundraising.

Paul Sculthorpe said: “The new Cadishead Rhinos clubhouse is fantastic and I’m sure the players, fans and the whole local community will benefit from it. Top-class facilities like these are great for the sport and will help the club to continue to grow and develop by attracting more and more local people to the game.”

Graham Chisnall, HDT Trustee, commented: “I’m thrilled that the Cadishead Rhinos have a fantastic new club fit for a team which is going places.

This modern, new facility will also bring huge benefits to the local community, with many more individuals, schools and community groups able to get involved in the future.

We and our partners have all worked hard to make this ambitious and exciting project happen and we are all delighted to see it come to fruition.”

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “The opening of this brand new clubhouse is fantastic news for Cadishead Rhinos and the local community and we’re proud to have played a part to make it happen.

The council secured £100,000 towards the upgrade from Section 106 contributions. This money is paid by local developers to reduce the impact of their works on local people. We now look forward to seeing the club thrive for future generations.”

Paul Elliott, Rhinos Head Coach and Secretary said: “The new clubhouse is fantastic! It will be great for the local community and will make our club the envy of many rugby clubs in the North West. We can’t wait to start using it. Thanks to all of the partners who have contributed to making this happen.

To find out more about Cadishead Rhinos and to visit the new clubhouse for yourself, visit their website.

Posted on: 5th April 2018