Monmouth Sports Association is at the sporting heart of Monmouth. Constituted from Football, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis and Bowls clubs, it's run by a group of committed volunteers from those clubs. The Association is determined to improve the facilities available to the participants of their member clubs, visiting teams and guests, as well as making it available to the broader community. We wish to create a welcoming environment for all, not only those who are themselves taking part in sport but also those who want to spectate and support.
The Association has held the lease on Monmouth Sports Ground since 1987, and since then has been responsible for the maintenance and management of the Pavilion. Whilst improvements were made to the clubhouse in 2005, the function room and the changing areas are tired and outdated. The building is no longer fit for purpose. Not only doesn't it meet the needs of the member clubs, but it's a hindrance to them developing their membership, in particular widening participation to include younger members, women and girls and those with disabilities. In short it doesn't meet the standards expected in the 21st century.
The lack of a fresh, modern, appealing function room means the clubhouse isn't used to its full extent and doesn't foster the sense of camaraderie and community between members and supporters across clubs that we'd like to facilitate.
Visibility from inside the club to the pitches outside is extremely limited which means that spectating whilst inside in the warmth is almost impossible. It isn't the welcoming environment likely to attract a diverse set of users, whether those are taking part in sport or those who want to come and spectate.
The changing rooms and showers are also in dire need of an update. Whilst all changing rooms need to be upgraded we'd also like to provide new, dedicated facilities for women and girls to help increase their participation in all sports and improve diversity within our sporting community.
Our Proposed Solution
We believe that a light and airy function room together with modern and clean changing rooms will bring the clubhouse into the 21st century and appeal to a the broader community, attracting them to the clubhouse, taking part in sport and benefiting from improved health and wellbeing as a result.
This images (below) provide an impression of what we'd like to achieve at the clubhouse, providing easy viewing to the pitches from inside and a light and airy feel to the main clubhouse room.
As well as being a more appealing place to take part in sport, we also believe that better facilities would allow the Association to provide a service to other groups within the community, and allow us to generate income from external events and activities. Such a funding source would then enable us to upgrade other facilities such as our heating and lighting with the installation of solar panels or other eco-friendly heating solutions for he Pavilion. The Association has ambitious plans to make the Pavilion more sustainable for the benefit of future generations. But is all starts with the main function room.
We believe that the plans for development of the Pavilion would not only benefit the hundreds of members of each club and the broader community, but also ensure the long term sustainability of sporting facilities.
We believe that everyone in the area should be proud of the Sports Association Clubhouse sitting at the very heart of the sporting community in Monmouth. Please help us achieve our goal by supporting our cause and donating to this Crowdfunder.