Work to improve the sports pitches at a popular Bromsgrove club is now underway.
The £107,000 project to improve the sports pitches at Bromsgrove Rugby Club (BRC) is being funded by self-generated finance from club members and through grants from various organisations including Sport England, Queen Elizabeth II Sports Field Challenge and The Veolia Environmental Trust.
The money is being used to improve drainage at the Finstall Park-based club through an investment in piped drainage.
This week, the first phase of work to improve the drainage across three of the four regularly waterlogged pitches at the club began.
The work includes creating trenches into which 150mm diameter perforated pipes and filters will be installed.
The pitches are to be kept open for as long as possible during the winter season, closing in 2013 to enable on-pitch work to take place.
The vital work will mean more games will be played on the pitches, and there will be a reduction in the number of matches postponed.
Work is expected to be completed in spring 2013, making the pitches fully operational for the 2013/14 season.
BRC chairman John Blackhall, said: "This project will make a great improvement to our club.
"It is something our teams and community user groups have sought for a while, and we are so grateful that we now have the funding in place to make it happen."