The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union says it will build the first rugby pitch in the New Territories, and hopes the facility in Tin Shui Wai will help the town to overcome its reputation as the 'city of sadness'. 'It's a dream come true,' said Tin Shui Wai Eagle Rugby Club president Eddie Lau Hau-chun at the groundbreaking ceremony in the northwestern New Territories. The 350 registered players in the area will soon have a regular practice ground and Lau expects the club to expand. The HK$10 million artificial-turf pitch, whose size of 92.5 by 60 metres conforms to international standards and has floodlights, will be located next to the Tin Sau light rail station. It will also be available for other sports, including soccer. Facilitated by the Yuen Long District Council, the plot of land has been leased to the HKRFU by the government for the HK$10 million project, with financial aid of HK$3 million from the Home Affairs Bureau's Sir David Trench Fund, which supports the development of recreational facilities. 'The new pitch will resolve a lack of sport facilities here and promote sports and a positive lifestyle. Local schools will use it for PE sessions. It will facilitate the development of local rugby clubs,' said Yuen Long district councillor Lee Yuet-man. With around 9,300 registered players this year, rugby is a fast-growing sport in Hong Kong. The number of registered players aged four to 11 had more than doubled over the past five years, from 1,645 to 3,896 this year, according to the HKRFU. 'We want to target youths and Tin Shui Wai has the highest percentage of young people,' said Robbie McRobbie, the union's head of community and development. He hopes the new sports ground will benefit the community through youths achieving personal development in playing the sport. Tin Shui Wai was dubbed the 'city of sadness' after a string of suicides and family tragedies linked to the district's high unemployment rate. Lau said his club would encourage parents of young players to participate by holding games for them.