Building a legacy for the future of Chesham Rugby Club and the community it serves.
Why we need a clubhouse
Chesham Rugby Club has come a long way in the 35 years since it came into being at the Red Lion pub in 1982. From a single men’s pub team to one which now has four senior Men’s teams, a Women’s team, three girls’ teams, five junior teams, seven mini teams and indoor rugby classes for under 4 and 5 year old’s. All led by World Cup winning coaches Rocky Clark MBE and Kat Merchant! We have also affiliated Falcons netball into the club who will operate under Stags kit and banner from this season, making us a true community club centred on sport and inclusivity for all.
In 2012 we agreed to forego the lease on our clubhouse at Chiltern Hills as part of their transition to Academy status and a major capital investment project to upgrade and overhaul the facilities. Since then we have been transient on site at the Academy without adequate changing, social, catering or meeting facilities. We share the schools changing rooms and have to hire facilities or hold social functions off site. The club is now at a cross road in its development.
So what do we need?
A new clubhouse will provide an improved experience for players, supporters and visitors as our lack of changing and hospitality space restricts us in providing a quality experience for hosting opposition and social events. Our facilities limitations mean we are not considered as a venue for higher standard county representative games and age group trials or county led courses to develop coaches and referees. It also severely restricts our capability to host functions and social events and generate revenue.
The facilities provided by the new clubhouse are vital to giving our club the platform needed to move onto the next phase of its strategic development plan. In recent seasons we have had three teams achieve promotion into higher leagues and had successful cup runs. We are well positioned to grow further if we have the right facilities to support what we are trying to achieve on the pitch. This project is an opportunity for our club and our community to grow and to nurture our young people in a friendly and supportive environment. It also helps us attract and retain talented players, bringing them a concrete example of what is possible in this club and the level of our aspirations.
Where we are today?
- Many of the key components to allow us to commence the build are in place:
- we have full planning permission
- we have agreement on the Heads of Terms to commence drafting 25 year leases on the clubhouse and pitches
- we have fully specified plans ready to go to tender.
What we now need to do is close the funding gap required to commence the build. We have raised significant funds to date, and have been successful
in being invited onto the RFU Funding Framework for 2016 / 2017. This means we have access to an interest free loan and grants which are pivotal to achieving our fundraising target.
However we must draw down these funds before 30th June 2017 or we will lose them.
What do we do now?
We have a clear plan of how we can raise the additional funds needed to ensure we start and complete the clubhouse build in 2017 and the ways in which you and your family could contribute and invest to make this happen.
Raising funds to build the clubhouse[/size]
The club currently runs a successful ‘Deer Friends’ corporate and personal
sponsorship scheme, similar to a 100 club which pays a monthly prize. These funds are essential and used to cover the day to day running costs of the Club. ‘Deer Friends’ will continue and will be expanded during our Future Building campaign.
Ways to support Future Building
We would love the opportunity to meet with your organisation to discuss how you can support our campaign to build a clubhouse. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements.
Sponsorship can be tailored to suit your individual or corporate requirements. We are happy to discuss branding options, including the sponsorship of shirts, banners, function rooms, pitches, website advertising, and even the name of the clubhouse.
As an individual there are many ways you can support our campaign. Perhaps you'd like to dedicate your fundraising activities in 2014/2015 to the club. We have a page set up on Just Giving which you can link your personal page to and send on to your friends and family who are keen to support you with your
challenge. You can also make a one-off donation to us through our Chesham Rugby Club Just Giving page if you wish.
The Future Building Wall
A permanent and prominent feature of our new clubhouse inscribed with the names of people who donated to the redevelopment fund.
Thank you for your support.