New facilities give Rovers big boost

Featherstone head coach John Bastian (middle, standing at back)  is seen above  with some of the volunteers who have helped erect the new Railway End stand.
Featherstone head coach John Bastian (middle, standing at back) is seen above with some of the volunteers who have helped erect the new Railway End stand.

Work on Featherstone’s new Centre of Excellence complex is nearing completion.

And the redevelopment of the Railway End of the famous Post Office Road ground is also making rapid progress.

The Railway End project, which is being driven and managed by former Rovers player and club chairman Paul Coventry, involves recycling two modern stands from the former home of Scarborough Football Club.

Seats are currently being installed and the entire project is being done by a team of dedicated volunteers who are all Featherstone supporters.

Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt said: “This is a unique project and one that I do not think you will ever see replicated elsewhere. The dedication of Paul Coventry and his team is astounding.

“Paul has been working on the project for several years and it is great that his vision is becoming reality. The redevelopment will improve the spectator experience for all supporters visiting our stadium and once again shows our ambition not to standstill.

“Our new head coach John Bastian joined them on Thursday afternoon for three hours helping them install seats and he is amazed and enthused by their dedication.”

Featherstone’s new Centre of Excellence is being driven by club chairman Mark Campbell and involves an investment of more than £300,000.

It is a specialist training barn and facility that will be used by all teams at Rovers including the Academy.

With state of the art training equipment, wrestling area, indoor sprint track, new offices including physiotherapy, rehabilitation and video playback areas, the facility will also be a revenue generator for the club.

Chairman Mark Campbell said: “The Centre of Excellence will undoubtedly be the best training facility in rugby league in the UK and is better than a number of similar complexes in Australia.

“I would encourage our peers in rugby league to arrange a visit to see these impressive facilities. It will not only be our first team that benefits from this investment but all players associated with Featherstone Rovers.

“We have a proud history of producing our own locally born talent, who go on to gain international honours and this will enable all players who are at Featherstone Rovers now and in the future to fully realise their potential. This complex is truly first class and with a first class coaching team in place, we have the tools in place to be able to develop the local rich talent pool right on our doorstep.”

Sales for 2014 memberships at Rovers have been strong, recording a 20 per cent increase on the same time last year.

“When you take a look at everything that is going on at Featherstone Rovers it is an inspiring story,” said Rovers director Ken Jones.

“We are building for a sustainable and exciting future at Featherstone Rovers with true aspirations to play Super League rugby league when the opportunity arises. We are a proud club with a strong appetite to continually improve, develop and grow.”