A RUGBY club has ambitious proposals for an extension that would enable more community organisations and groups to use the in-demand facility.

Rhyl Rugby Club plans involve adding a second floor function room to its clubhouse, an indoor training barn situated at the back on the club and used for exercise and dance classes, and an extension to the car park.

There are currently 27 different groups that use the club on a weekly basis, from dance groups to widows and widowers, as well as a disco for adults with learning disabilities every Monday evening.

“Many more groups want to use the club, but we are at saturation point, which is why we want to build a third function room upstairs," said Dino Jones Davies, Rhyl's director of rugby.

“We have the largest junior rugby section in North Wales with about 380 5-16 year olds, and are also used by other sports groups.

“We believe we are the biggest community project in the whole of Denbighshire. We are a not-for-profit organisation and everything we make is invested back into the club in some way.

“I think the club has really taken off because we provide a safe environment with a good car park – we are very accessible to everyone."

The extension has been backed by Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies, who attended the clubhouse to see the proposals and gave advice on potential funding opportunities.

Dr Davies said: “Since Rhyl Rugby Club moved to Rhyl from the Waen almost three years ago it has gone from strength to strength and is used by an array of local groups and organisations. It is also extremely popular with local residents for social gatherings.

“What the club has achieved during its short time in Rhyl is remarkable and all those involved deserve huge praise.

“They are now hoping to build on their success further and I fully support their ambition. I have been in regular discussion with them regarding the proposals, and have advised them of funding streams that may be available, and how they could be accessed.

“Rhyl Rugby Club is already a huge asset to the town and the extension they are proposing would vastly enhance it. I will continue doing all I can to help the club realise their goal.”