HHRFC Clubhouse Project

by Haywards Heath Rugby Club in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, United Kingdom

We did it
On 8th March 2024 we successfully raised £59,809 ( + est. £7924.50 Gift Aid ) with 339 supporters in 62 days

To raise the funds needed to deliver the approved construction plans and build a new multi-sport and community Clubhouse at Whitemans Green

by Haywards Heath Rugby Club in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Any extra funding will contribute towards fitting out the new facilities and installing sustainable solutions throughout the new Clubhouse including a commercial kitchen, bar area, social space with AV system and changing rooms and toilets to ensure they can be used by all sports clubs and community organisations.

New Clubhouse within reach

The current HHRFC Clubhouse at Whitemans Green in Cuckfield, West Sussex is beyond repair and no longer fit for purpose. Planning permission has been secured to build a modern, two storey sports club with a suitable car park operated under a 99 year lease. Over £1.9m has been raised independently by the Club over the last five years towards this £2.25m project but a funding gap remains. Hoarding is up on the site and ground preparation work has started - this crowd funding initiative will help make sure the facility is fully operational by Autumn 2024.


Inclusive and accessible for all

The Club is a source of physical activity, health and wellbeing and social interaction for all ages across the Mid Sussex community. However, the inadequate accessibility of the current building, lack of changing rooms, limited kitchen facilities and outdated social space create barriers to the expansion of sports and other community activities - particularly for girls and women. The existing building is substandard for the needs of the community and must be replaced to create a positive lasting legacy that is accessible and inclusive for all - the new building will bring enormous positive change for all sports clubs and community groups in the area.


Lasting long-term impact

The HHRFC youth squad has over 500 young players across U6 to U16 and Colts, with up to 85 adults in senior and vets squads plus many committed supporters of all ages. The impact of the facility will be wide and long lasting - postcode analysis of the current rugby membership shows the extensive reach of the Club across and beyond the Mid Sussex community. To ensure no one misses out, the Club’s Rugby For All initiative offers financial support through subsidised membership fees, provision of kit and travel expenses to those who otherwise would be prevented from playing due to their financial circumstances, as well as providing mentoring to younger participants. 

Multi-sport solution

In addition, the new Clubhouse will benefit not only the rugby community but also other sports – all Whitemans Green-based football, American Football, cricket and athletics clubs, plus the local Scouts and other community organisations. Everyone will benefit enormously from the new facilities with the availability of fabulous changing and shower facilities, viewing balcony, social and meeting spaces with high-speed internet access, bar and kitchen, physio room, kit shop and storage. Cuckfield Cosmos, Cuckfield Rangers, Sussex Thunder, Haywards Heath Harriers and Cuckfield Scouts have all sent letters of support for this project, recognising the ambition and opportunity of what will become the Whitemans Green Sports Club.


Community outreach

Many HHRFC members actively volunteer whether on the Board, as a coach or team admin, organising social events and rugby festivals/tours, running the Club shop or simply supporting participation. There is a large youth coaching team (over 90) who also provide taster sessions and after school rugby for many Sussex primary and senior schools. The Club is a recognised destination for community landmark celebrations such as the armistice, jubilee and coronation parties, as well as for smaller event gatherings of local organisations and groups.

Sustainable solutions

Our dilapidated old Clubhouse is not an environment in which to enjoy all the playing and social aspects of rugby. It is completely energy inefficient, antiquated in terms of the building, heating system and hot water. The new Clubhouse will be sustainable, maximising energy efficient solutions using latest technology - underfloor insulated heating, solar power, LED lighting, water management system, energy-efficient kitchen equipment as well as providing 6 x electric car charging points. The Club will be able to adopt a more sophisticated recycling system. The facility is designed to be commercially, socially and environmentally sustainable for current and future generations, preparing and protecting the community against the impacts of climate change.

1699460221_landscape_plan_nov_2023.jpgOn a mission to deliver

Help us reach our goal and build a state-of-the-art new multi-sports Clubhouse facility with spacious car park at Whitemans Green that will provide inclusive sport and social opportunities for all ages and contribute to the future health and wellbeing of the Mid Sussex community. 
A legacy that will stand the test of time for current and future generations.

The amazing new Clubhouse will be accessible to all and sustainable in terms of long-term commercial viability, as a source of sporting and social interaction for old and young alike, as well as being environmentally energy efficient.

The new HHRFC Clubhouse project will provide:

•    Inclusive access to six changing rooms with dedicated showers and toilets which can be compartmentalised for use by boys and girls, men and women - enabling development of rugby and other sports across all ages and genders.

•    Improved accessibility for disabled athletes and visitors and more senior members with wide doors for wheelchair access, lift to first floor, disabled toilets on both floors and viewing balcony over main rugby pitch.

•    Spectacular social space for sport and community events.

•    Improved bar and kitchen facilities providing a first-class hospitality experience.

•    External first floor balcony with outside access to serving hatch for hot drinks and snacks.

•    Dedicated Club shop and physiotherapy room.

•    Storage facility for all sports played at Whitemans Green - existing premises that are no longer fit for purpose will be demolished once new Clubhouse open. 

•    A first class modern facility for all sports users/supporters of Whitemans Green and the local community.

The new Clubhouse will elevate the experience of sport at the Club and improve the physical and mental health and well-being of hundreds of children and adults that play sport at Whitemans Green.

We are so close to making this happen - please donate as generously as you can and help fulfil the objective of building a new multi-sport Clubhouse facility at Whitemans Green. Remember with match funding secured from the Aviva Community Fund and Sport England any donation is potentially worth double or more to the project.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

5 of 12 claimed

Neon Friendship Bracelet

Donate £5 or more and receive two neon coloured friendship bracelets - wear both stacked together or give one to your best friend or family member!

£5 or more

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HHRFC Rugby Medal

Donate £5 or more and receive a money can't buy HHRFC silver medal

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Heath Dinos sew on patch

Donate £5 or more and receive an exclusive limited edition sew on Heath Dinos patch

£5 or more

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Braided leather key ring

Donate £5 or more and receive a braided leather key ring - single solid colour - daily reminder of your generous Crowdfunder donation

£8 or more

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Heath Dinos Water Bottle

Donate £8 or more to receive a special limited edition Heath Dinos sports water bottle - RRP £10.

£10 or more

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Three free mini rugby taster sessions

A donation of £10 or more will give you access to three free rugby taster sessions with any of the Mini age groups Under 6 to Under 11 during the season 2023/24.

£20 or more

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15% off Cuckfish Cod & Chips

A donation of £20 or more provides a 15% discount on Cod & Chips takeaway from Cuckfish in Cuckfield www.cuckfish.co.uk .

£30 or more

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15% off Spice Village Indian Restaurant

A donation of £30 or more provides 15% off food eaten in Spice Village Indian Restaurant in Cuckfield www.spicevillagecuckfield.uk valid January to March 2024. Alcohol and drinks not included. Takeaways not included.

£30 or more

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10% off meal White Harte & Goodevening Thai Rest

A donation of £30 or more provides 10% off a meal at the White Harte & Goodevening Thai Restaurant plus 50% off drinks ordered with the meal www.goodevening-thaifood.com .

£35 or more

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15% off dining experience at The Talbot

A donation of £35 or more provides 15% off dining at The Talbot in Cuckfield www.thetalbotcuckfield.co.uk - alcohol and drinks not included.

£50 or more

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15% off at Black Dog Hill Vineyard

Donate £50 or more and buy wines from the stunning Sussex-based Black Dog Vineyard www.blackdoghillvineyard.com and get 15% discount on everything at checkout. Beautiful selection of white and rose wines or classic cuvee - perfect for home, parties or gifts.

£75 or more

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Vintage Second Hand Heath Hooped Rugby Shirt

Donate £75 or more and receive a money can't buy second hand red and black hoop vintage Heath rugby shirt - youth size

£100 or more

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Pre-match Lunch on a Saturday during league 23/24

Donate £100 or more and join the Board for a pre-match lunch in the Clubhouse free of charge before end of 2023/24 season.

£500 or more

Clubhouse Brick

Donate £500 and have a brick marked with your name outside the new Clubhouse.

£10 or more

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Live Love Bleed Rugby - Tea Towel

Donate £10 or more and receive a free Tea Towel - Live Love Bleed Rugby - ideal present for any rugby lover RRP £11

£15 or more

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Adult VX3 Rugby Ball

Donate £15 or more and receive an adult VX3 rugby ball (size 5) - RRP £18.

£15 or more

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Junior VX3 Rugby Ball

Donate £15 or more and receive a junior VX3 rugby ball (size 4) - RRP £18.

£15 or more

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Pink Heart Neon Sign

Donate £15 or more and receive a pink neon heart sign RRP £18 - perfect bedroom decoration or present.

£25 or more

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Exclusive New Year Prize Draw - signed Quins shirt

A donation of £25 or more provides entry to a special exclusive New Year Prize Draw to win a signed Quins shirt (unframed). Only 100 entries to prize draw available. This stunning, authentic piece of sports memorabilia - perfect for any Quins fan old or young - has been donated direct from Harlequins this 2023/24 season.

£25 or more

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Black Skins Sports Bag

Donate £25 or more to receive a Black SKINS sports bag RRP £40

£30 or more

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Heath Junior Bobble Hat

Donate £30 or more to receive a HEATH red and black junior bobble hat - limited edition.

£35 or more

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England Rugby Club Scarf

Donate £35 or more to receive a special England Rugby Club woolen scarf

£50 or more

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Club Bow Tie

Donate £50 or more and receive a special Club coloured red and black striped HHRFC Bow Tie - perfect for every occasion. Treasured by all Club members.

£50 or more

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British Lions cap and scarf

Donate £50 or more to receive a British Lions baseball cap and woolen scarf

£250 or more

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VIP Invite to Opening Party new Clubhouse 2024

Donate £250 or more and you plus one can be guests of honour at the HHRFC Clubhouse Opening Party in 2024.

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