Following a major revamp via Bridgend County Borough Council’s Community Asset Transfer Programme, the Bryncethin RFC Club House has been transformed into a top-class community hub to serve the club and wider community.
The opening of this modern club-house and versatile community hub is a tribute to the passion and willingness of Club members and the local community who have worked tirelessly to make this happen, along with the support Bridgend County Borough Council, BAVO and other organisations including funding from the Welsh Rugby Union, the National Lottery Community Fund, the Rural Communities Development Fund.
The project worth over £550,000 has developed a two-storey community centre and clubhouse with disability-friendly facilities including a lift accessing both floors, a large meeting room with a balcony overlooking the rugby-pitch, smaller meeting rooms, a kitchen and IT suite, and of course sports changing rooms. This new facility is now a fantastic home for Bryncethin Rugby Club as well as a range of community groups and events.
The official opening event was presided over by Bryncethin RFC vice-chairman Phil Jones (who oversaw the project) and club chairman Jon Davies, who introduced several speakers and supporters including Local Councillor Gary Thomas, Bridgend County Borough Mayor Stuart Baldwin, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies, Chris Elmore MP and others. The large crowd for the opening event was entertained with singing from pupils of Bryncethin Primary School.
Huw Irranca-Davies AM said: “It has been a pleasure to be part of the official opening of the new Centre. It’s been a huge task over several years to make this a reality and well done to everyone who stuck at it! This new facility is an incredible asset for the club and the wider community, and I look forward to seeing it being well used, and to enjoying viewing the best views of the rugby from the pitch-side balcony too!”