Chiswick Rugby Club christened its new all weather pitch on Saturday with a 17:8 point win against Harpenden. The pitch is so emerald green, with its brand new white fence all round, that it looks more like a racecourse than a rugby pitch. Such is my expertise in rugby, I can tell you that you have to be a bit fitter to play on it because it’s springy and requires a bit more muscle power, but where the ball lands is more predictable. (So I was told by an actual player over lunch).
The new surface and accompanying floodlights will mean not only all weather play for the club’s four teams plus juniors, but that they can play in the evenings as well. “The facilities are a thousand times better” said Club Secretary Gavin Nichols.
Dukes Meadows ‘Masterplan’
England women’s squad member Abbie Scott was there to celebrate the opening, as was General Manager of George IV pub Rachel Watson, who is a sponsor and Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran, who has a masterplan for the development of Dukes Meadows Sports facilities.
“I’m delighted for Chiswick Rugby Club and residents” he said. “Our next target is to reach agreement with Thames Tradesmen and build a new boathouse so that every child in Hounslow can have the opportunity to row” he told me. The Thames Thames Tradesmen rowing club is in dispute with the council over its lease and talks are ongoing.
There were speeches, a rude joke from the president of Harpenden and champagne. “Thank you to the RFU for considering us worthy of investment and thanks to Steve for all his efforts to make it happen” said club Chairman Kelvin Campbell.