05:07AM, Wednesday 13 June 2012
Diggers have rolled on to Maidenhead Rugby Club for the start of a 13-week project to create a pioneering artificial pitch.
The turf is being ripped up in front of the clubhouse at Braywick and replaced with a hi-tech 3G surface.
The £575,000 scheme is being funded by the Royal Borough through developer contributions and the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
It will make Maidenhead the first amateur club in the country to have an artificial pitch for training and league fixtures.
Partners say the move will also provide better opportunities for rugby training and development for the entire community.
The new pitch will be ready for the new season in the autumn.
Rugby club chairman and chief executive John Wanklyn said: "The new pitch will allow the club to continue to grow and enable us to improve performance at all levels."
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