Open letter to all club members, players and parents.
As you will all be
The Club Committee determined that the price to pay for the
proposed extension to the clubhouse was far too high for the benefits to be
realised but that in conjunction with that decision it was agreed that we
should embark on a period of renovation within the clubhouse, kitchen, toilets,
baths area, changing area and the grounds outside generally.
We also learnt in late March that there was an opportunity
to tap into RFU Social Spaces funding as part of the Lead up and Legacy Funding
associated to the forthcoming World Cup. Having submitted a bid we learnt in very late April that we
were successful in securing up to £7,500 match funded grant to spend on the
clubroom area (and associated social space). There is however a caveat to that
successful bid in that the works must be completed and invoiced by the end of
June giving a timescale that many would suggest was a little on the tight side
in terms of securing trades to complete the various tasks in a sequence that
will be efficient.
To that end your Management Committee is working hard to
achieve the following to meet that grant, all of which were reviewed by the
- Replacement of Windows and Front Doors with double glazing
and safety glass.
- Replacement of flooring behind the bar area, kitchen,
entrance hallway and ladies toilets (improved safety flooring)
- Replacement of the internal wall cladding with plasterboard
and durable paint
- Ceiling and surfaces prepared and painted/varnished
- Installation of new alarm system and PA system along with
ensuring electrical circuitry is appropriate and meets our needs.
- Reupholster the furnishings (to match fabrics for consistent
Beyond this initial work we will be looking to replace all
changing room doors, redecorate the changing rooms and corridor, install head
level shelving in changing rooms, improve toilet facilities, increase the
number of showers (putting some over the rear bath) retile the bath area and
install a second towel rail (not before time!)
For the outdoors we will be looking to convert the tractor
shed into a better storage area and emergency changing room and to install a
Welcome board and eventually a scoreboard for the 1XV pitch. We have also begun
the process for applying for planning permission for permanent training lights
for the “third team pitch”.
We will also be seeking to improve the car park but I should
make you all aware that we are limited in the approach we can take. Tarmac
throughout is beyond current financial means so graded and crushed stone
levelled throughout to reduce potholes etc. is the likely option. Unfortunately
the drainage system from the club house is very shallow due to the level of the
road in comparison to the clubhouse.
Whilst we obviously have some funds in the bank to carry
this work out the continued effort in raising money through various activities
to the RaseIt fund will be essential
to realise all the schemes we would wish to deliver to assist the Club in its
Market Rasen & Louth RUFC is looking to be at the forefront of
rugby development in Lincolnshire, the NLD CB area and the East Midlands.
Through improved facilities, coaching set up, refereeing, playing strength and
links to local education centres the club hopes to become a standard bearer for
the sport at a time of competing pressures from other sports and activities.
We look to demonstrate the value of a vibrant, successful and well run
rugby club within the community and the associated benefits this can bring.
If anyone within the Club would wish to assist in
progressing any of the foregoing please do contact me. The Club is run by
volunteers putting in valuable time to try to achieve the above and any
assistance is welcome, from those wishing to assist as an officer of the club
in either the Senior or Junior sections, to provide sponsorship to help us fund
coaching programmes and purchase kit and equipment or maybe you work in an area
that might be interested in providing a quote for the works we would like to
Thanks for taking the time to read this message.