Decision details

PH 20/2022 - BentleyRugby - Bentley Rugby League Community Pavilion

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Bentley ARLFC have over the past 8 years have grown from a single men’s team to a club that hosts 11 teams. Including a Junior section which has a team registered at every School Year up to U16 level, a Second Adult Men’s and a newly established girl’s team. The club has over 170 playing members and volunteers.

During this period of growth, Bentley ARLFC have been hosted at various pitches and sites across the North of Doncaster and at times had to play form 3 sites to accommodate the teams. This has stifled the clubs growth and further development of the club and its ability to further engage in the local community. In August 2019, Doncaster Council granted a long-term lease for the club to operate from Bentley Recreation Ground.

With the announcement of Doncaster hosting the Rugby League World Cup 2021 on 29th January 2019, came opportunity to secure funding to support the build of a community pavilion at Bentley Recreation Ground.

Following this announcement, the club developed plans to build 4 Changing Room Pavilion with Community space to maximize the opportunity of potential growth from Doncaster Hosting the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and to enable the club to secure its future.
Bentley ARLFC have undertook rigours exercise to prepare a comprehensive Business Plan that has enabled them to access external funding from numerous partners including Sport England, Rugby League World Cup 2021 as well as local business and residents. This resulted in planning being granted in October 2021.
The club have now secured funding which has enabled Doncaster Council to identify £100k to support this project, following approval given in Quarter 4 Finance and performance Improvement report on the 9th June 2021.
paragraph 9 and 140. This support will enable the club to commence build and access further funds to support the project.


To provide financial support of £100k to match fund monies to enable construction of Bentley Rugby League Community Pavilion.

To update the Council’s Capital Programme.

Alternative options considered:

Not to provide support, which would result in the club having to down size build and potentially put at risk external funding being agreed.

Publication date: 15/06/2022

Date of decision: 13/06/2022

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