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Napthens advises as rugby club acquires ground

Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Union Football Club (KLRUFC) has acquired the land its ground is sited on, in a move which will allow future plans for development to be kickstarted.

The popular club has acquired the freehold for its Underley Park ground including all the rugby pitches and club house, where it has been based since 1877, from a local landowner

This will allow the club to continue redevelopment plans which are already under way, and access further grants which were not possible before.

So far, refurbishment work has already begun on the changing rooms.

The complex acquisition was made possible thanks to advice from the Cumbrian team at regional law firm Napthens solicitors, led by Commercial Property partner Kate Mallaband.

Kate, a long-term supporter of the club, said: “This acquisition will give the club far more control over its future direction. It will now be able to press ahead some very exciting plans to help develop the ground and the teams.”

Ben Muschamp, the club’s general manager, said: “The club has been on the grounds for a long time, so we wanted to buy the land to have more control over what we can do and take the club forward.

“We have plans to upgrade the clubhouse, invest in the playing areas and basically upgrade all the facilities.

“There are grants available which we can’t access unless we own the land. It means certain funds are now available and will kickstart quite a lot of activity at the club.

“Our aim is to make it a better experience for the players, create more community involvement and benefit everyone.”

KLRUFC’s first team was recently promoted as champions to the North Premier League, its development team plays in the Raging Bull Division 2 North, and the third team in Division 5.