£10k makeover by club’s dream team Vol­un­teers bring own skills to up­grade sports bar

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Paul Thom­son

East Kil­bride Sports Club proved that team­work makes the dream work after they un­veiled a £10,000 makeover of their small bar.

The Calder­glen hub, which plays host to the town’s rugby, cricket and ten­nis clubs as well as Calder­glen Har­ri­ers and Tor­rance House Golf Club, has re­ceived a much-needed facelift after a year of fundrais­ing ef­forts.

It has been nearly 20 years since the last up­grade and, over the past six weeks, a group of vol­un­teers chipped in to lighten the load as the cash was put to good use.

They helped in­stall new car­pets, HD tele­vi­sions and light­ing while the en­tire bar area has been re­vamped with new up­hol­stery and wall­pa­per.

East Kil­bride, Strathaven and Lesmhagow MP Dr Lisa Cameron was the guest of hon­our as she of­fi­cially opened the new-look bar – and the sports club hope it will at­tract more mem­bers through their doors.

Pres­i­dent Brian Kamp­man said “This work was well over­due and now we have a mod­ern fa­cil­ity for our club mem­bers to use and en­joy.

“We knew the place was need­ing a makeover.

“We raised a con­sid­er­able amount of money in three or four func­tions here and our so­cial mem­ber Gor­don Caf­ferty made a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion, so be­tween the two of us that al­lowed this project to hap­pen.

“It’s a much more invit­ing and pleas­ant place to spend time in.”

Mr Kamp­man added: “We’ve had about 10 to 15 vol­un­teers who have worked away.

“Each of them have their own spe­cial­i­ties from wood­work to plas­ter­ing and they’ve been in­stru­men­tal in keep­ing the costs down, so we have to thank them for that.

“All sec­tions have been in­volved to greater or larger ex­tents.

“I’m not a builder but it prob­a­bly would have cost us twice as much with­out them.”

Mr Kamp­man also praised the ef­forts of Mr Caf­ferty who raised £2750 through­out last win­ter hold­ing raf­fles to raise money for a new car­pet.

He added: “Gor­don has to take credit for his vol­un­tary work to al­low the project to hap­pen and I would like to say a big thank you to him.”

The club now hope to turn their ef­forts to­wards im­prov­ing the main bar area with re­me­dial works planned for the car park.

Of­fi­cial open­ing Guest of hon­our Dr Lisa Cameron MP cuts the rib­bon at the new-look bar

Spe­cial men­tion Gor­don Caf­ferty

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