Makeover in a different league

Newton Storm makeover weekend
Newton Storm makeover weekend

A ST Helens rugby club has been given a new lease of life by a band of kind-hearted volunteers, courtesy of an Engage Mutual grant.

More than 50 players and ex-players of Newton Storm, family members, friends and business people joined forces to give the club’s facilities a £5,000 makeover.

The volunteers all mucked in to give the changing rooms a much-needed facelift, replacing windows and doors.

They also repainted walls and goalposts and replastered ceilings.

Engage Mutual’s Engage with your club scheme attracted applications from more than 60 amateur clubs.

Newton Storm’s bid was chosen after club chiefs successfully demonstrated not only the difference that the cash boost would make to their club, but the community as a whole.

Newton Storm’s coaching co-ordinator, Malcolm Hankey, said: “We were delighted with the success of the makeover weekend at the club, and are thrilled with the revamped changing rooms and other facilities.

“The initiative has been a fantastic way of generating interest for the club in the local area, as well as forging further links with the community – many of whom turned up to help out.

“I’d like to say a special thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time for the club, Engage Mutual for the funds, without which this wouldn’t have been possible, as well a host of local companies who supplied materials, equipment, or tradesmen to assist with the makeover.”