ILKLEY Rugby Club have ambitious plans to continue to develop the facilities at Stacks Field.

The North Premier League club have made huge strides both on and off the field in recent years, but their officials are determined not to stand still.

They are currently seeking to raise £320,00 for an extension to their clubhouse which will include a new committee room, enhanced kitchen and toilet facilities, a bigger main hall floor space and extra viewing.

The major new project follows hot on the heels of the construction of the club’s gymnasium, rehabilitation suite and steam room.

Head of rugby Rhys Morgan has overseen progress on the field which has seen Ilkley rise from Yorkshire One to the North Premier League after two successive promotions.

They have also played at Twickenham in the RFU Intermediate Cup final and won the National Club Sevens.

He said: “It is staggering what has been achieved off the field.

“When I first arrived at the club the old clubhouse was being pulled down and we were changing in portable units.

“Since then things have just taken off since the opening of the new clubhouse. Our facilities are a credit to the club.

“The gymnasium and rehabilitation suite are not only used by our players, but they are also open to the public.

“We are a community club and we value their support. The backing we received from Ilkley Parish Council for our steam room was a wonderful gesture.

“It backed up the wonderful fund-raising that is done within the club.”

Ilkley’s officials are aware of the need to plan for the future. On the playing side Morgan would love to guide the club to the next level.

It is with the future in mind that the Dalesmen are investing in the development of young players.

Morgan said: “We have a thriving junior section, but we also fund the coaching of rugby at Ilkley Grammar School.

“That is important to the future of this club. It is a key community link because we need to develop and nurture young players to play for Ilkley in the coming years.”