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Petition set up in support of Wymondham Rugby Club move

06:30 02 January 2015

Wymondham Rugby Club players currently have to play on muddy pitches due to poor drainage

Wymondham Rugby Club players currently have to play on muddy pitches due to poor drainage

Archant

A campaign has been launched to try and secure the future of Wymondham Rugby Club ahead of a crunch planning meeting.

On Wednesday South Norfolk Council is set to discuss an application to move the rugby club at Tuttles Lane to a new ground that is said will become a fantastic sporting facility for the town and wider area.

However the relocation plans, which would include building 90 homes on the Tuttles Lane site, have been recommended for refusal by planning officers.

The rugby club, which has 1,200 members, says the move is necessary as its present facilities are not up to scratch, with club chairman Andrew Kilby saying the scheme is the only chance the club has to grow,

In a bid to make councillors on the planning committee vote against their officer’s recommendation, an on-line petition has been set up by father-of-five Drew Woodier, 46, and whose son Ben, 19, and Victoria, 18, have played for the club with his younger children wanting to get involved as well.

Mr Woodier, who is from Hethersett and recently moved to Toftmead Close, Dereham, said: “Wymondham Rugby Club has been a great asset to me and my family over the years and I would very much like to see the club prosper and improve as my younger children to utilise all the good things the club has to offer.”

The rugby club relocation plan to land by Melton Road is part of a scheme to build a further 300 homes on Norwich Common.

Council planning officers have recommended the application be thrown out as the homes would impact on available secondary school places and would erode and further reduce the strategic gap between Wymondham and Hethersett.

Mr Woodier’s petition can be found at www.change.org/p/south-norfolk-district-council-planning-committee-approve-proposals-for-the-relocation-of-wymondham-rugby-club

What do you think of the rugby club’s plans? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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  • I would like to comment on the problems that Wymondham RFC appear to be experiencing. I was Captain of the first and one of the most successful second teams at Wymondham RFC which both gained promotion and went almost unbeaten for a whole season losing by one point to North Walsham on the final game of the season. This feat was then repeated the following season. I went on to formcoach and run the embryonic 'Youth' section of the club believing that rugby teaches young people so much more than the rudiments of a sport. Having said this my most cherished memories are playing the guitar for Bob Sutton and receiving positive feedback from Jason Leonard. Playing for the first ever Vets side (The only club photo I was ever on in the clubhouse) and representing Wymondham in the Cup, having been told some years earlier that I would never play sport again due to a bad motorbike accident. I also believe that I still hold a club record of playing for all three sides in one day (Probably not possible these days). ...AND THE REASON FOR THESE INNATE RAMBLINGS... With my background I would not of had the opportunity to identify, develop and grow my own skills not only as a player but also as an individual without Wymondham RFC. It helped me to realise and develop innate core skills that have helped me be relatively successful in other areas of my life. Twenty five years in the front row has to prepare you for something. If Wymondham RFC is not given the opportunity to flourish how many young people and indeed adults maybe deprived of a similar opportunity, which the club has given to both myself and my two sons. Rugby possible unlike some other sports, relies on and develops a deeper ethos and spirit and any restriction of this would indeed be a sad loss to any community. Kevan Taplin (Authorwriter)

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