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Rugby club agrees partnership with McGurk Group to build new ground

Tetbury Rugby Club have agreed a partnership deal with the McGurk Group to start work on a new home ground for the club.

Planning permission was secured for the club to move to Pike Field at Quercus Road to the north east of the town in 2016.

The currently-unused site will be transformed into a home for the club, who once counted Prince William and Prince Harry as members of their mini section.

The club now has more than 600 members and runs sides from under-6s through to a First XV who play in the Wadworth 6X District Leagues and Stroud Combination Cup.

They are currently based at the Recreation Ground in the centre of the town, but are planning to move to give all the club's sides the chance to train and play on one site.

The plans will see two full-size rugby pitches and a dedicated juniors and minis training area built on the site that is sandwiched between Quercus Road and London Road.

The build will be delivered in three phases, with work on the first phase to level the ground so it is fit for the pitches to be laid. Access and car-parking will also be added.

Phase two will see lighting added to the pitches with the third phase seeing a clubhouse added to the site. Phase One is expected to take two-years to complete.

Club chairman Roger Peill said, "After many years we are now finally able to realise our dream and create a first-class rugby facility, bringing together our large and growing membership of all ages, genders and abilities in one place.

"Our plan is to answer an immediate need, but also ensure a lasting legacy for the Club and the Town."

"I'd like to thank everyone that has been involved so far, in particular the Land Trustees who have ultimately made this possible."

In a statement, the McGurk group said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Tetbury RFC at this exciting point in their development.

"We hope to bring our considerable construction capability and knowledge to the project and deliver a superb facility.

"It's also part of our continued support of grassroots sport in Gloucestershire, something we are very passionate about.

"We are confident that Tetbury RFC is in safe hands as The McGurk Group commit to go above and beyond expectations and have excellent customer retention because of this."

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