Clubhouse extension plans

Background

Chobham Rugby Club is applying to extend our clubhouse building and make it fit for purpose for our current size , membership and community purpose.  We are a large sports club with nearly 2,000 members and our present clubhouse was designed and built in the 1980s – a different era when community rugby was a sport played predominantly by male adults. That has changed and the facilities at the club need to change to ensure we provide facilities capable of providing community rugby for all.

Today, we have over 800 active players from under 5s to over 60s, both male and female, across many inclusive formats of the game – mini/junior rugby, touch rugby, senior men & women, mixed ability (vulnerable adults) and walking rugby. These players bring parents, carers, siblings, and partners to the club that doubles our community reach in size.

Our facilities are now insufficient and inadequate for our diverse membership – they do not cater for adult females and young players alongside adult males. In addition, they do not meet the criteria set by Sport England and RFU.

In addition, in recent years Chobham Rugby Club has extended the use of its facilities to volunteer run groups and charities such as Woking & Sam Beare Hospice, Cancer Testing South and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). This has enabled fundraising events, clinics testing hundreds of children for heart defects and the screening of over 400 men for prostate cancer. In Chobham and surrounding area, there is a lack of suitable facilities to put on community events with large meeting halls and large carparks for charities & local groups to use.

Providing new accommodation that meets the adopted design criteria of Sport England and the Rugby Football Union will make the rugby facility more inclusive to all aspects of the community, regardless of gender, age or ability. 

Plans

The proposed clubhouse extension will provide facilities to ensure Chobham RFC meet the design criteria of Sport England and RFU to cater for our players – together with improving our social spaces on offer to our members and the local community:

  • 2 additional 20 person changing rooms with en-suite showers and toilets. This will provide facilities capable of supporting our men, women and junior  boys and girls teams whilst providing the necessary privacy
  • New Match Official changing room with integrated shower and toilet – key as we now have both male and female officials taking charge of games
  • Brand new entrance lobby
  • Larger clubhouse function room, capable of providing enough space for our players post-match meals, club and enabling more community-led activities.
  • Enhanced and extended kitchen facilities
  • Enhanced and extended bar facilities with outside servery
  • New Clubroom / Meeting Room for use by club members and local community groups

PROJECT UPDATE - JANUARY 2024

In order to progress these ambitious plans, we have applied for grants for which we need to demonstrate strong support from our membership and local community.   These grants will be complemented by club reserves.

We have applied for a significant grant from Your Fund Surrey the Community Projects fund managed by Surrey County Council who are currently considering our application – however initial feedback is that the % of the project able to be covered by Your Fund Surrey is significantly less that we originally expected, hence on top of the contribution from club reserves, the club will need to raise approximately an additional £270,000 from other sources.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

In order to progress these ambitious plans, we need our members, supporters and local residents to get behind the project and help in any way they can. How can you help?

Please read and use the form below if you can help in any way at all

Help Our Crowdfunding Campaign

  • In February we will be launching a Crowdfunding appeal – which we will be applying to Sport England to £ match . 
  • Donate Rewards : As part of this we would like to offer “rewards” to those who contribute at certain levels – e.g. “first 5 people to contribute £20 get a car wash by the Juniors” or “first to contribute £500 get a sailing trip for 4 people hosted by Bob Smith”
  • Organise a Fundraising Event : Members and supporters can also organise fundraising events within their section / age group which will go towards the Crowdfunding campaign target and hopefully be matched by Sport England!

Pledge an “in kind” donation of materials or services 

  • Do you work for or run a company that could pledge “in kind” donation of services or materials for the projects – examples would be building materials, electrical, plumbing or architectural services – indeed anything required for the project – we will be able to count that pledge against our proportion of the funding needed.

Does your employer operate a matched giving scheme or charity funding scheme?

  • Many companies operate schemes where they will either match employee contributions, contribute  £ towards volunteer hours spent or provide funding to local projects.

Any other ideas?

  • This project will benefit all members, supporters and our local community – all ideas for hitting our target are gratefully recieved