TMV Clubhouse Redevelopment March 2013
As many of you will know, a small group has been working on the next phase of redeveloping the clubhouse facilities.
Five years ago we developed the new changing room block, to provide us with one of the best such facilities in the area. Two years ago we carried out a much needed refurbishment of the clubhouse lounge.
The club continues to grow; in terms of membership and its wider appeal to the community, as a facility used by many, on most days of the week.
The club Development Group last year identified a need to improve the facilities offered in the clubhouse, to match the needs of the club members and stakeholders.
The key points to be addressed were:
• Community Room. A new room will provide flexibility for community use e.g. playgroup, fitness group etc. and club use, particularly to accommodate children on Sundays, for whom we currently do not provide internal shelter.
• Kitchen. The existing kitchen facilities are not fit for purpose. We are unable to provide an adequate service to enable us to provide refreshments and food to members.
• Income. The improved facilities will enable us to generate more income from food and private hire, in order to invest in the wider club.
After considering options, it has been agreed that we will link the existing clubhouse building with new kitchen facilities and the existing changing room block with a new community room, after demolition of the cricket changing room and kit stock room.
The plans now published on the club website www.traffordmv.com and displayed within the club, illustrate the proposals we have developed to date.
These plans are not final. Principally they have been prepared to enable us to determine a budget and seek Planning Permission. The plans have been approved in principle by the Club Committee, but we now want to seek the views of members. Your opinion matters - this is your club and ultimately the members will be financing the project. We need your support.
If you have any comments to make – positive or negative – please let me know either verbally or by email between now and the end of April firstname.lastname@example.org
Club development is funded from grants and loans, e.g. Sport England, RFU, ECB etc, but mainly from the income raised in the monthly club draw. Day to day costs of running the club are met from subscriptions and bar takings. The draw is hugely successful, but it could be even better. Please consider if you can afford another number - at only £10 per month with the chance to win cash prizes, it represents excellent value for money, even in these recessionary times, and don’t forget that we can claim the tax back if you gift aid.
At present we don’t have a fixed programme. This depends largely on funding. Funding sources constantly change, but we have a small group which is actively looking at options to raise funds via grants and loans, to add to our own capital.
Construction will take a few months and we will aim to minimise the inevitable disruption to the club. Building in the summer months would be the best option, but is not essential. Realistically, we should have the new facility complete during summer 2014, if not before.
This is your club. The more you put in, the more you can enjoy it.
Your support in this project is necessary to help maintain Trafford MV as......... ‘The best club in the world’.