Chesham need £150k to build dream clubhouse
Stags want new facilities but have been halted by cost
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. justgiving.com/chesham-rugby).
An artist’s impression of the clubhouse at Chiltern Hills Academy