Describe your project
The kitchen in the Clubhouse at Ely Outdoor Sports Association(EOSA) was fitted when the Clubhouse was built over 25 years ago. It has become unhygienic with broken and cracked flooring and surfaces and is desperately in need of replacing. Not only used by EOSA’s member sports clubs – Ely City Hockey Club and Ely Tigers Rugby Club - for the preparation of match teas every weekend, the kitchen is also used by members of the local community who hire the bar and social area for parties and functions. Not only are new kitchen cabinets, worktop, sink and cooker hood all needed, the floor also needs to be replaced, the walls retiled and the area redecorated.
How will your project benefit your local community?
EOSA is a volunteer run organisation that provides sporting and social facilities not only for its member clubs but for the wider community as a whole. Income for the maintenance and upkeep of the facilities is generated through membership fees and facility hire charges. To ensure its future, EOSA needs to provide an inviting and useable venue. Not only is the Clubhouse bar and social area used by the EOSA member Clubs for their match teas and social events, it is also widely used by the local community. With the bar and social area of the Clubhouse having been recently refurbished with volunteer donations of time and materials, it is now an ideal function room. With seating and tables for 65 people, parties, charity functions and meetings can all accommodated. Access to a hygienic working kitchen for food preparation and serving is vital.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The Clubhouse has also been hired for a variety of functions and meetings from a training session by local charity Talking FreEly to a 60th birthday party to an annual dinner. It is also used by a number of different fitness groups. The wider facilities are also used by a number of other local sporting clubs from Junior football clubs to a local frisbee club to fitness classes. EOSA provides vital sporting and social facilities in a growing rural area and the local council is fully supportive of it.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Between its member Clubs, EOSA has a total of over 700 members, with opposition teams hosted each weekend during the winter months. Since it was refurbished last summer, the bar and social area has been booked for a number of events with over 2000 people from the local community using the facility to date. With the growth of the local area, the numbers will only increase!
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
The money will be used to remove the current kitchen units, sink, oven, hob, extractor hood, floor and wall tiles. The kitchen walls will be painted and a new seamless heavy duty vinyl floor will be laid before new kitchen units, worktop, sink, oven, hob and extractor are fitted. The walls above the worktop will be tiled. Quotes have been obtained for the supply of the materials as well as for the labour to fit everything. Although we will be able to fund the labour required, we are hoping that members of the Clubs of the relevant trades required will donate some of their time and thus free up some of the monies raised at fundraising events to be used on other very necessary projects.
When and why was your project founded?