Club secures home on foreshore

Trustee board member Chris Lowson and club president Mark Badham hamming it up at the club. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d413848
Trustee board member Chris Lowson and club president Mark Badham hamming it up at the club. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d413848

The club redeveloped its clubhouses on Charles Court Reserve in 2012 using $700,000 raised by its members and volunteers, a $160,000 community sport and recreation facilities grant and $50,000 from the City.

NRUFC president Mark Badham said he was thankful to all the members and supporters who offered their expertise, materials and time to make such an excellent home for ‘Neddies’ rugby.

‘We’ve invested heavily in the club’s facilities, so signing the lease for 21 years secures our future and its position in the community,’ Mr Badham said.

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said he was ‘delighted’ to renew Neddies’ lease as it had been a very important part of sporting life in the community for more than 75 years.

Since winning its first major premiership in 1940, Mr Badham said NRUFC had become Perth’s most successful rugby club by winning 17 first-grade premierships, 19 WA Club Championships and many lower-grade premierships.

‘In 2014, the Club will cater for everybody from tiny boys and girls to grizzled ‘coarse rugby players’ and elite aspiring Western Force and Wallaby players,’ he said.

NRUFC will also field five men’s teams, an under-19s colts team and junior teams in every age group.