Describe your project
Built in 1990 for two senior male teams, our facilities had just one set of communal showers but, as we grew to add two female teams, Colts and, mini/junior teams for every year age from U7 to U16 we built a second set of communal showers to ease the logistics of ensuring proper separation of mini/junior and adults and, male and female players every Saturday and Sunday and some weekdays during the season. However, despite giving the referees (male & female) priority to shower and exit before the young or opposite sex players are permitted to shower we have, unfortunately, had two occasions this season when at least two junior players have entered the communal showers before the referee has exited. So, we really want to provide the referee with their own private showering facility.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Our club provides rugby for two senior male, two female , Colts and ten mini & junior teams. We also host schools rugby and other sports tournaments, and, of course, this provides enjoyment for the many parents, sibblings, grand parents and local residentswho come to watch the various teams play
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
In addition to the many spectators we get supporting both junior and adult teams (male and female), we also have support from local businesses who sponsors some of our playing shirts and/or take an advert with us (in our annual club booklet. in our quarterly newsletter or, pitch-side hoardings). We are also well supported by the Town and Borough Councils where possible for help towards other projects we undertake. We also run a 50:50 monthly draw which is well supported by our VP's and local residents.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
It is primarily the weekly club players (up to 500) who benefit because of the possibility that the referee is a different gender to the team players or, the players are under the age of 18. However, with schools and RFU tournaments this could double to 1000
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We intend to make an entrance through from the existing referees changing room into the adjoining players communal showers. However, we shall isolate the referees from the players by installing a proprietary private shower cubicle that we have identified on-line. This work will require the removal of a door sized section of solid block wall, the installation of a lintel and a water seal at he bottom of entrance to prevent water tracking back into the changing room. The work will also require some alterations to the plumbing to a) provide the hot water shower head and controls in the new shower cubicle and b) the plumbing associated with the replacement of the existing horizontal radiator for a new vertical one in the referees changing room to create the necessary wall space for the new entrance to the new referees shower cubicle. And, of course, there will be the finishing work such as plastering, tiling and painting, etc to make good.
When and why was your project founded?
First raised by our Welfare Officer following a child & adult shower separation breach and again, two months ago after a 2nd breach when we decided to try to raise funds for this project to be completed in this close season - summer of 2018