Light shines on new development at Halifax RUFC
Halifax RUFC have unveiled new, energy efficient floodlights for the main pitch at their Ovenden Park ground.
The installation is the first step in a major redevelopment scheme that will see a new second team pitch and training area constructed, the old stand demolished, and additional parking installed. The new pitch and training area will both be floodlit to allow all year round evening use.
The club has been resilient in weathering the Covid-19 lockdowns and has used the lack of rugby to improve pitch drainage, security, club house facilities, and to develop alternative activities at Ovenden Park
It has two men’s teams, two ladies’ teams – a development team (Halifax Ravens) having been added as a result of an influx of new players, in addition to Halifax Magpies, Calderdale’s only mixed ability team for players with disabilities.
The Magpies, managed by long time club member Craig Serbert-Smith, take the field at Ovenden Park for a match against a side from Premiership club Worcester on May 22 (2pm). As a result of his involvement with the Magpies, Smith has found himself nominated for a national diversity award.
In addition to rugby, Ovenden Park has hosted archery (Phoenix Bowmen) for over 20 years and Halifax Rounders Club, which has three women’s teams, the Hornets, Bees, and Wasps in the local rounders league. Email [email protected]