We desperately need the extension of our floodlights to in order to offer year round training & match facilities, for sports not just limited to Rugby, the current floodlit area only illuminates 1/2 pitch. Expansion will allow us to involve more sports & activities. Off the pitch our kitchen area is in bad need of upgrade to todays standards to allow us to cater adequately following Sports events & also for our social members. The total funding required for this Project is £41.5K & is split in 3 phases. 1- Civil Preparation for Lighting Columns £10K (This involves installation of Concrete Bases & Cabling Works for new columns & removal of existing. 2- Installation of New Lighting Columns £24K 3- Kitchen Upgrade £7.5K To date we have secured funding of £18K, - £8k from a local Company to install floodlighting bases & civil preparation works. £5K from St Francis RFC internal fundraising & £5k is available via RFU Ground Match Scheme.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The existing floodlighting only serves 1/2 a pitch & is holding back development of our Rugby, Football & GAA Teams. In order to progress we want to be able to offer floodlit fixtures, for our teams & also engage with the local schools & colleges in the area to run special introduction sessions to sport. Off field our Kitchen area is in bad need of an upgrade - this are is used ball all sports teams including our Cricket Club, we also run Senior Citizen & Irish Dance Classes who would benefit greatly from better facilities.
Steps to get it done:
The Emerald Sports & Social Club has been in existence since 1998, St Francis RFC, Stones FC & Crawley Cricket Club have been in existence for over 50 years, Irish Social Clubs have been in existence for many years under different organizational names within the town. The Overall feeling of the membership is that we need to improve the facilities that are currently on offer. The Emerald Club is a very good supporter of good causes & regularly hosts events to support local charities – St Catherine’s Hospice, Young Epilepsy & Guide dogs for the blind, To date The Club has donated over £20K to St Catherine’s Hospice. During 2016 major fund raising events took place to support local Irish Para Olympian Katie George Dunlevy
About the space
Southgate Park privides a wide range of sporting & recreational activities for all ages, it offers sports pitches for Rugby, Football, GAA & Cricket & also boasts an active social Club
Crawley Borough Council
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