Major improvement works were undertaken at Motherwell’s Dalziel Rugby Club on Saturday, all thanks to a £500 RBS Rugby Force grant.
The cash paid for extensive painting to be done on the perimeter fence around the first XV pitch and the changing rooms. In addition, an existing changing room was converted into a physio room and female changing room.
Dalziel Rugby Club communications secretary Niall McKenzie said that the day had gone “very well”, adding: “It was great to see the changing rooms being spruced up and repainted.
“We had 40 club members there to help, which was a fantastic turnout. A lot of people were doing several odds and sods, all in an attempt to get the place looking as good as possible.
“I’m pleased with how the hard work has helped improve the look of this place. It will make a very positive impression on any teams coming here to play matches.
“We are keeping our facilities up to scratch and making them look a lot nicer, which can only be beneficial to the club.”
Another part of the work undertaken saw repainting work begin on the ‘Dragon’s Den’ mini section clubhouse; this work is ongoing and will need a further two coats of paint before being completed.
Niall, who also manages and plays for the Dalziel Rugby Club 2nd XV, praised the contribution made by relatives of the helping players. They provided pasta and pies for the busy workers, a godsend when you consider that some of the workers had earlier done a full training session before beginning their painting.
“It was very nice of them to do that,” he added.
“We certainly were in need of food, especially the senior players who’d trained that morning before getting stuck straight into the other work.”
Niall, who was one of those helping with the painting and tidying work, said that the first competitive fixture for the Dalziel Rugby Club 1st XV to be played at the new-look ground would be their home National League 3 contest against Dumfries on Saturday, August 29, kick-off 3pm.
However, Dalziel 2nds have a home match against Edinburgh Northern one week earlier – on August 22 – so that would be the first chance for a visiting squad to see the new-look ground.
The excellent facilities at Dalziel Rugby Club include three grass rugby pitches, three grass football pitches and two artificial 3G surfaces.
“The first XV pitch is looking really good,” Niall said.
“All the pitches are benefiting from being shut for six weeks over the summer.”