A rugby league club is using their time after the ending of the current season to improve and make arrangements for their next campaign.

Whitehaven Rugby League Club are currently revamping their board room and facilities.

Improvements will include cleaning the roof, new windows, new high security front doors, internal doors, new carpeting and a new bar.

It is hoped that the improved space will be an asset when game day returns.

A spokesman said: “ We hope that this will give the club a new product to sell on match days and, for those who want it, a more intimate space for birthdays, meetings and smaller gatherings - where self-catering could be an integral aspect.”

Covid-19 testing is set to be an expense for smaller clubs and play could take place behind closed doors so the potential £14,000 to £20,000 brought in by new facilities is set to be “another step for future sustainability”.

Chairman Tom Todd paid tribute to the teamwork of those involved with the club. He said: “There are a lot of people who have been raising funds for the club, some of it is coming out of that, some of it is coming from grants that we’ve had; it’s a joint effort.”

He thanked fundraisers like Shaun Drinkwater.

Commenting on the ending of the 2020 season, a spokesman for Haven said: “While we are disappointed that our 2020 Championship season has been cancelled, the board believes the RFL have made the correct decision to safeguard player welfare and the solvency of its member clubs.

"WRLFC will now press on with our exciting plans for the 2021 season and beyond. We will engage with all season ticket holders and commercial partners in due course.”

Todd paid tribute to Ralph Rimmer, Karen Woodhouse and Martin Johnson of the RFL who “did a terrific job under extremely difficult circumstances”.