Wimbledon RFC has a new upgraded changing room thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Mayor of London's sports facilities fund.

MP Stephen Hammond officially opened the new pavilion on Saturday (December 9).

The funding has enabled the club to extend its existing changing pavilion, which was no longer able to support the level of usage having not been upgraded for more than 25 years.

The new facility comprises eight changing rooms, six of which are en-suite, two official changing rooms, a large meeting room, office space and a treatment room.

Mr Hammond, the MP for Wimbledon, said: “I was delighted to unveil Wimbledon RFC’s improved changing pavilion which is going to vastly improve the experience of all its users.

“Grassroots sports is hugely important in our area and throughout the country and having access to facilities like this one is vital to encouraging more people to get active.”

Honorary secretary at Wimbledon RFC, Meg Gardiner said: “ As Wimbledon RFC enters its 152nd year, we have been lucky enough to expand our facilities even further which would not have been possible with the grant from the Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund. We are looking forward to our bright future.”

The club can now offer its players and the local community a state-of-the-art facility which will benefit not only Wimbledon RFC but also St George’s University, Willington School, Putney High School and Old Johnians RC.