A rugby club teamed up with a housebuilder to create brand new changing rooms that helped bring in an extra £1 million in funding.

Developer Bellway donated the changing rooms to Eton Manor RFC, with its staff giving up their time to work on the building at suppliers carrying out work at cost.

The housebuilder came to the rescue when it emerged that the existing changing rooms did not meet the standards for the Rugby Football Union to pay for a new £1 million artificial grass pitch.

The housebuilder provided the building as part of its ‘Bellway4Good’ Initiative, in which Bellway works to provide benefits to the communities where its developments take place.

In this case it reused a series of modular buildings that originally cost £200,000 to house a senior citizens centre in Hackney.

The club funded the ground works and Bellway installed the cabins and then fully re-furbished them to provide a building with two, twenty person changing rooms, shower and washroom facilities.

Floodlit outdoor pitches and an artificial grass pitch complete the modernised facilities at New Wilderness Ground.

John Roach, the club’s honorary secretary said: “The money Bellway has saved us is a six-figure sum and without the company’s kind generosity, we would be cancelling the game, in the middle of the season due to regular pitch flooding.

“The former changing rooms were small in comparison and were old and tired. They definitely now have the wow factor; many members have complimented us on the facilities and the youngsters have already started to make use of them, along with local school group when they use the club.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Bellway Homes, we could not have done it without their help.”

Ian Gorst, London and South East Reginal Chairman of Bellway Homes, added: “It is important to Bellway to help the communities where we operate, and seeing these young rugby players excited because of our help has been very rewarding. We hope it will give the teams and members a boost for years to come.”