Covid has meant that we have played no rugby since March last year. We have also lost all means of generating income.
As well as cancellation of all rugby fixtures, during the past 12 months all social events (those we run ourselves and those booked by local people for birthdays, christenings, etc) have been cancelled as well.
Our intentions for 2020 were to get new (modern!) changing rooms, build accessible toilet facilities, purchase floodlights and create a covered outdoor space on the patio for families to use. None of this has been possible.
We now need your help to get back on our feet and get the club thriving again for all of the local community to enjoy.
Covid has heavily depleted our reserve funds. We have been here for nearly a century and are not prepared to stop anytime soon! We are committed to making sure that the club will continue to provide for the community as it has done since 1926. These funds will provide:
• Accessible disabled toilet facilities in the bar area that will mean people with disabilities and mobility issues feel welcomed at our club
• New floodlights that will enable us to train all year around and play more night time rugby when the season starts
• A covered outdoor seating area on the existing patio to increase capacity and support us with Covid guidelines
• Improvements to our changing facilities to accommodate the increase in rugby players
- New playing equipment for all of our junior and adult teams
- Equipment and resources to improve and maintain the condition of our pitches
Installing new floodlights will mean that we can train all year around. This will really support us to improve and should mean we win more matches!
Creating a covered outdoor area will increase our capacity for spectators at matches and social events. It will also help us with Social Distancing measures (all the while they remain in place)
The combination of modernised changing facilities and floodlights will mean that more rugby can be played. At WRUFC we will be able to establish a women’s squad and other junior teams to go alongside the existing colts team. Local schools and other sports clubs will also be able to make use of our facilities.
New equipment will mean that we can offer high quality training sessions to all of our junior and adult teams. Money for the upkeep of the pitch before, during and after the season will mean that all of our teams have a great environment in which to learn and enjoy the game.
Covid has isolated people and we are also witnessing the closure of many traditional meeting places such as pubs, youth clubs and community centres. This project will re-establish Wallasey Rugby Club as a multi-purpose community venue – a meeting place for local groups, a venue for local bands and comedy events and an affordable place to have your birthday party or celebration.
This project is the first stage of a longer term vision for a community sports hub. After consulting with other local sports teams (including football, hockey, American football and Lacrosse) we understand that there are many clubs without facilities of their own. This lack of facilities also means that many of the existing ones are overused and as a result get waterlogged for months at a time during the winter.
Our long term aim is to build a 4g all weather pitch that will be available for booking by local teams both for training and to play competitive fixtures. In this way the club will become a focal point for the community – a sports hub where people come together to play the sports they love and meet new people.