CLUB DEVELOPMENT PLANS
As many of you will be aware your rugby club is embarking on a period of substantial development both in terms of clubhouse and playing facilities.
With the recent sustained success of the 1st XV alongside regular league fixtures for both the 2nd and 3rd XVs as well as putting out both ladies and veterans XVs it is clear that the senior section remains as strong as ever. This is clearly coupled with the thriving mini and junior sections which see the club maintain sides from the Under 6s through to Under 17s competing throughout the NLD region.
The pressure on the facilities and the pitches has been an issue for a few years and, despite various opportunities unfortunately not coming to fruition, the Club Committee is resolved to press forward with development.
Phase 1 - Clubhouse Extension
The plans for the clubhouse extension are available on the club website but in brief consist of:
- A new kitchen area
- Extended clubroom
- 2 self contained changing rooms
- Disabled access
- New toilets including disabled facilities
- New referees room
- Kit Shop
Click on image to download Clubhouse development plans
Phase 2 - Improved Floodlights
Finally it is proposed that new lighting is acquired to enable greater provision for training during the winter which will alleviate the substantial pressure on the existing floodlit pitch.
Phase 3 - New Pitches
Aligned with these proposals the club is also working closely with De Aston school to try to secure a new mini and junior training/playing area located on the existing cricket field between ourselves and the racecourse.
The Club Management and Finance sub-committee has been continuously assessing all the opportunities to aid in the funding of the proposals. Aside from the substantial amount of capital that the club can put into the pot, a number of potential funding schemes have been looked at but it appears that the greatest opportunity would lie with a combination of bids to, principally, the RFU and West Lindsey District Council but also to other smaller funding pots.
It is unlikely that any grants made will cover the total cost of the three proposals (clubhouse, grounds, lighting) and it will of course be essential that the Club generates further monies through fundraising activities possibly to the tune of £100,000
HOW CAN I HELP?
….I hear you ask.
Well, quite simply the club is looking to all its members and associates for assistance in making these proposals a reality and ultimately any skills and experience that will assist will be gratefully received. You may have bid-writing experience or be able to put together a prospectus to attract potential sponsors/donors. Possibly you would like to assist the fund-raising committee exploring and facilitating potential events such as a Club Ball, a Sportsman’s Dinner or similar. All fundraising ideas no matter how small will help.
If you believe that you have any skills or experience that you feel may be relevant to what we are wanting to achieve or if you want to volunteer your services to assist others please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:
Chris Miller President Market Rasen & Louth RUFC
Seniors Section – Jonathan Fenwick, Chair of Management & Finance Committee
Junior Section – Norman Pringle, Junior Section Chairman
Minis Section – John Waters, Minis Section Chairman (& U7s Coach)