A rugby club is one step closer to replacing its wartime changing rooms after Bradford Council granted the club planning permission for new state-of-the-art changing facilities.
Until 2011, Wyke ARLFC changing rooms were housed in a former air-raid shelter in Wyke Park before it was declared unfit for purpose by Bradford Council in 2011.
The club has led a nomadic existence since then – changing at both the old Wyke Manor School, before moving to the new Appleton Academy building.
But the club now has everything in place to start work on the £170,000 building, which is adjacent to the current changing rooms. Club chairman Jason Whomack said: “I have been involved with the club for 26 years, and I have had many a laugh in that building, but it’s an old air-raid shelter, not a changing facility. Being the chairman, I have to recognise the history of this club, and it was a nice quirk, but this is a time to look to the future.” Help funding the project was provided by the Rugby Football League, Sport England and Bradford Council.
Wyke also currently has five junior teams playing at under-8s, under-11s, under-13s, under-15s and under-18s.
Anyone who is interested in joining should contact Jason Whomack on 07774 42935.