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Grey Court Community Sports Upgrade

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Grey Court Community Sports Upgrade

Grey Court Community Sports Upgrade

Grey Court School By Grey Court School

Turning a tired secondary school sports facility into a vibrant community space that can be used for local residents young & old and local clubs desperate for space.

Richmond upon Thames Idea stage

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We are lucky. This is a great school full of fantastic students who love coming here. We want to share that enjoyment with local residents who are in need of flexible leisure facilities on their doorstep, especially potential user groups from our nearby estate who do not engage in sport. To do this, the changing rooms needs updating from the tired, leaking, 1980s municipal monstrosities we currently have to something more inclusive with wider access, no leaks and even toilet cubicles with toilets and walls.

What we'll deliver:

  • widen door access into changing rooms suitable for paramedic use
  • Complete renovation of 3x non turf pitch cricket wickets with new net & cage
  • Complete renovation of sports changing rooms
  • new mirror for gym wall with integral ballet barre
  • new sport England complaint flooring for sports hall & gym, marked for 1 x basketball, 4 x badminton and 1xnetball
  • Storage for easy access to gym equipment to enable spaces to be used safely

Why it's a great idea:

Grey Court School is on the outskirts of London. We are lucky to have Richmond Park on our doorstep for people to enjoy. However, there are simply not enough decent sports facilities to meet demand. The local cricket club plays on the green but has no local all terrain wickets to train. Inclusive cricket is something that would work particularly well int this area. two football clubs have approached the school wanting regular space. One local rugby club also uses the school for minis training on a Sunday. We would love to be able to to give these users aged 5-75 the ability to get changed in private, have a shower if needed and play badminton in a gym where the surface hasn't worn out. Grey Court school is working hard to raise money on its own to put a Multi-activity suite into the school so people can have personal training sessions or gym sessions. There is demand and we expect non school users to rise to approx 1,000 per year within 2 years of completing this.

Steps to get it done:

  • 2 quotes already received from builders/suppliers for toilet facilities third quote to come.
  • Ballet barre quote obtained. Work with Montford Dance Academy to advise
  • Changing room refurbishment is first item. Preferred start date July 2016
  • shipping container quotes obtained for off-season sports & other kit storage
  • Activity room ready for equipment, Quote in hand, discounts obtained, fundraising underway.
  • builders to partition storage area off small gym 5m x 20m to store equipment & enable safe use of space
  • No planning consent needed as these are refurbishment works not rebuilding.

This project is the first part of a 3-part renovation of the Grey Court sports facilities. It will enable us to establish community sport here at the school and allow burgeoning groups to flourish. Completing Phase 1 will enable us to open up to the community. The site will be become available 4 evenings each week and at weekends so that we can offer local residents space to learn, to exercise, to have fun and to meet in a clean, safe, welcoming environment.
We will work with referral agencies, health groups, Youth Centres and resident forums to encourage wider take-up of exercise among low take-up groups
Two more phases will follow.
Phase 2 is in planning: a double height sports Pavilion with dogo and 1st floor studio built onto the gym & changing area that will complete the internal sports & recreation space. Phase 3 will then come on stream, which will be the transformation of tired tarmac netball courts into Multi Use Games Area.
We are seeking funding only for phase 1.


Location Richmond upon Thames

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How will the money be spent?Total £239,176

new Sports Hall & gym floors - £58,000 (24%)
remove, repair, upgrade changing room toilets & door widen - £57,929 (24%)
Full gym equipment range of activity suite - £51,670 (22%)
repair roof leaks to changing room, gym, corridor - £25,000 (10%)
Cricket non-turf wicket x3 plus net & cage - £10,911 (5%)
building of indoor equipment store - £7,400 (3%)
supply of new cubicles / panelling - £6,631 (3%)
outdoor games equipment store - £3,560 (1%)
supply/fit mirrors with integral double ballet barre - £1,550 (1%)
Other - £16,525 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

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new Sports Hall & gym floors
remove, repair, upgrade changing room toilets & door widen
Full gym equipment range of activity suite
repair roof leaks to changing room, gym, corridor
Cricket non-turf wicket x3 plus net & cage
building of indoor equipment store
supply of new cubicles / panelling
outdoor games equipment store
supply/fit mirrors with integral double ballet barre
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £239,176

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Help with bid and business plan writing for Grey Court and Khalsa Karate's Community Sports Centre. Ideally having experience with large bids for capital and refurbishment projects on this scale.
  • Knowledge of MUGA design and build, particularly within challenging spaces. Wishing to determine whether our vision for MUGA is faesible/practical
  • new cricket cage netting. new all-weather bowling surface for all-weather nets
  • Washroom / changing room materials for commercial waterproof environments (partitioning, inc. for ambulant access toilets)

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