Hensingham Amateur Rugby League Club – ‘Clubhouse and Changing Rooms Upgrading’

Hensingham ARLFC was founded in 1900 and has a long and illustrious history of providing many top sportsmen through the delivery of quality coaching for young people in area.  Through hard work by a host of dedicated committee members and loyal followers their present site has been developed since 1973 from the humble beginnings of a rundown shed known locally as “the Chicken Shed” to what once was the envy of many clubs being one of the best amateur clubhouses in the country.  Sadly through age and usage that was no longer the case.

The club had always undertaken repairs and appropriate maintenance of their clubhouse and changing rooms.  However the main building had a flat roof that had cost them over £15,000 in repairs in the previous 10 years, did not have dedicated disabled toilet facilities and access to the building was poor.

The committee took the decision to raise the required funds to refurbish the exterior of the building to make it watertight and a ramp provided to improve access.  Doors and windows would be replaced to increase security, improve access and improve ventilation.  Internally welfare facilities would be upgraded and a disabled toilet installed.  The lounge and function room would be insulated and an air conditioning unit installed in the lounge to improve the heating and ventilation.

In the changing rooms a new energy efficient boiler would be installed, new showers installed and the building insulated and rendered to make watertight.  Thus making the facilities much more attractive for the sporting and local community to use.

John Pilkington, Project Lead, said, “We have almost 150 male and female rugby participants using our facilities on a weekly basis from U8 to Open Age level, and together with the social clubs and societies that use our clubhouse for their meetings and events the facility is very well used.”

“We have had DIY days when players and members have come together to help with the pre-construction preparation that has really made a difference to moving this project along.  The upgraded facility will be a great asset to our community and we will have a good long term future ahead of us.   We anticipate that the whole project will be complete by the end of the summer 2016 and the whole club will be looking forward to a celebration opening event.”

Other funding was secured from:  WREN, Sport England, Cumbria County Council Local Members Grant Scheme and own fundraising.



  • 1 x New/Improved Sports Facility
  • 480 sq m of Refurbished Floor Space
  • 650 Local People accessing a Community/Sport/Cultural Opportunity or Facility


  • Increased user numbers using club, facilities and additional activities in the building
  • Improved access so all members of the community can use the facility
  • To have a more energy efficient facility
  • Increase bar sales and employ additional staff

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