Che­sham need £150k to build dream club­house

Stags want new fa­cil­i­ties but have been halted by cost

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

CHE­SHAM Rugby Club must raise £150,000 through its own means if it is to re­alise its dream of a new club­house.

For the past two years, the Stags have been us­ing tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion since vol­un­tar­ily giv­ing up their old club­house to al­low for new de­vel­op­ment at the Chiltern Hills Academy.

They have iden­ti­fied a new site within the academy’s grounds, above the adult learn­ing cen­tre, where they are cur­rently get­ting changed be­fore games.

But while they are con­fi­dent of get­ting two thirds of the £450k build­ing costs through grants, there is still the small mat­ter of the re­main­ing third.

Club press sec­re­tary Graeme Youngs said: “It will be quite a chal­lenge, but if you add to­gether all our minis and ju­niors plus par­ents, and all the adults from three men’s teams and a ladies team, we have more than 1,000 peo­ple at­tached to the club – so if each per­son can raise a few hun­dred pounds we can do it.

“It just needs a bit of in­ge­nu­ity and there is noth­ing as cre­ative as a crowd of peo­ple. Var­i­ous peo­ple have things on­go­ing and we’re look­ing for spon­sors from out­side the club too. We just want a place we can call our own long-term.”

The club fears the lack of chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties and hos­pi­tal­ity space in the cur­rent set up does not pro­vide the qual­ity of coach­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment it should be ca­pa­ble of giv­ing to more than 1,000 mem­bers, in­clud­ing 350 young­sters.

A per­ma­nent club­house with first-rate fa­cil­i­ties, club of­fi­cials say, would en­able them to pro­vide for more young peo­ple, in keep­ing with the RFU’s aim to get a mil­lion more peo­ple in­volved in the sport by 2015, as well as pro­vid­ing a home for other sport­ing and so­cial clubs in Che­sham.

The cam­paign has al­ready been en­dorsed by RFU chair­man and for­mer Eng­land cap­tain Bill Beau­mont and also has the back­ing of two of this year’s Eng­land women’s World Cup win­ning team, Rochelle Clark and Kather­ine Mer­chant, who are part of Che­sham’s coach­ing team.

There are sev­eral ways you can support the cam­paign, ei­ther as an or­gan­i­sa­tion or an in­di­vid­ual, and one-off do­na­tions can be made at the club’s Just Giv­ing page (www. just­giv­­sham-rugby).


An artist’s im­pres­sion of the club­house at Chiltern Hills Academy

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