Devon Merit Table side secure new home for 2019-20 season
DEVON Merit Table side Plympton Victoria are celebrating after securing themselves a new home and RFU Club Accreditation.
Plym Vic were suddenly made homeless last summer after failing to agree a deal with the Plymouth speedway team over the use of the rugby pitch at St Boniface Arena in Marsh Mills, which had been the club’s ground for a number of years.
They spent last season sharing facilities with Devon One side OPMs in Elburton, but after a lot of effort, Plym Vic have secured the use of an unused football pitch at Underwood Recreation Field, which is bang in the heart of Plympton.
“We have been playing our rugby at Elburton’s King George V pitches, with some great support from OPM RFC, but have been looking to find a more permanent home,” said team manager Chris Hunt.
“We have been working with the (the council’s) street scene team, strategic planning team, local councillors and RFU development officers and we have been able to secure the use of Underwood Recreation Field as a rugby pitch. That has been a long-term aspiration since the days before the amalgamation of Plympton RFC and Victoria RFC.
“This will help stabilise the club after a turbulent couple of years and now we can start to build a legacy in our home town.
“Being in the heart of Plympton will help raise the profile of our club and hopefully build some more bonds with the town whose name we bear.
“We now just need to settle in, make the pitch home and get on with the new season.”
Hunt added: “This year will be a big one for the club. It is the 25th anniversary of the amalgamation of Plympton RFC and Victoria RFC, we have just been awarded our RFU Accreditation and we have moved into a new home.
“The council has been doing some sterling work getting the facility ready for us and we have held our delayed NatWest RugbyForce Day using the opportunity to give the changing rooms a coat of paint and a tidy up.
“But the real hard work starts now - getting ourselves moved in and then starting the preparation for the upcoming season, which with new teams in the Devon Merit Two South & West it will be a challenging one, but the lads are raring to go and build on the modest successes of last season.”