Durham Rugby Club gets a face-lift

Students from New College Durham’s painting and decorating department were involved in a community based project at Durham Rugby Club. This included redecorating bar areas, the front reception, the gents’ toilet and the staircase to the changing rooms. As well as students from the Levels 1, 2 and 3 diploma courses, there were also Work Based Learning apprentices and participants from the national training organisation for construction, CITB.


The paint firm Dulux donated £500 worth of paint and materials as part of the work in the community project. Before the students could start the redecoration, they had to prepare the walls, ceilings and woodwork. Using a mixture of emulsion, varnish and gloss, the students completed the work in four days.  A Level 3 student found it to be very worthwhile: “I really enjoyed the experience of a real working environment and not just in the college. It gave us all a better idea of how to work and behave in a working environment.”


In order to complete this project, the students had to employ excellent teamwork and communication. Students also completed the dressing rooms and started writing signs and designing stencils for the staircase areas to promote the club’s ethics.


The project was a great success with the rugby club praising the students’ behaviour and attitude and complimenting them on their work.

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