Posted: 20th December 2010
Cheltenham Rugby Club, Newlands Park, Southham Lane, Bishop's Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 3PE
Newlands Park, a 19 acre sports ground and clubhouse close to Cheltenham, was acquired by Cheltenham Rugby Club in 2004 on a short term lease. As a result of a massive fundraising campaign, the club was able to purchase the freehold in 2007, from the former owner, General Electric.
The club started an ambitious refurbishment programme in the clubhouse, including the building of disabled toilets and improvements to the leisure and meeting rooms, to attract more local community groups to use the amenity. Valuable funding was received from The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, so that the facilities could be improved.
The venue now provides sporting facilities for local senior and junior rugby union clubs, junior rugby league sides, three senior football clubs and fifteen junior football sides. Newlands Park hosts a number of school events in the winter with up to 450 participants and last year sports activities exceeded 30,000.
The Park is also used by fourteen sports related groups and twelve voluntary groups for regular meetings and social events. Up to 250 volunteers are involved at weekends. The Park was recently awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.