Plans to replace outdated changing rooms at West Leeds Rugby League Club have moved a step closer to reality after the council agreed to pay £20,000 towards the new facilities.
The club, based at West Leeds Sports and Social Club in Redshaw Road, currently uses a small building attached to the club for changing rooms which are outdated, have very limited space and are in poor condition.
The facilities do not cater for separate male and female changing areas, posing a real health and safety concern and are no longer fit for purpose for the number of teams using them.
A council report states:
“The proposed facility will enable the rugby club to engage even wider within the local community, as they will be able to offer good quality and safe changing provision for people of all ages and abilities.
“The club already attracts many young people and adults from disadvantaged areas, along with different ethnic groups and the sport of rugby is used to encourage positive behaviour and good sportsmanship in all individuals and the club as good links with the Leeds Rugby Foundation.”
Armley ward councillors have agreed to pay £40,000 of their ward-based initiative money to customise the facility, with the council’s £20,000 going towards a pre-used modular building from Raptor UK Ltd.