Sport in the community

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

Plymouth Argaum RFC was formed in 1887 and as such is the oldest continuous rugby club in Plymouth. The clubhouse and changing rooms have been at its current location since the 1950’s and indeed the land upon which it sits was transferred into Trusteeship in 1957. The club has use of 2 rugby pitches on a yearly loan from the same land owning family since the 50’s.

The clubs commitment to the local community is growing as we have just established a partnership with the University of St Mark and St John where we provide mini’s rugby utilising their facilities and some of their students. This endeavour means that we will be targeting some 20 primary schools within the catchment of Plymouth Argaum RFC to grow this section and help fulfil our objectives in our development plan.

Before January 2016 we ran 2 senior sides and 2 junior teams. With our development plan and local community links we now have the Argaumites (3 – 5 years), U6, U7, U8, U9, U14 and a colts (u18) team as well as the 2 senior sides. We are also part of the RFU return to rugby programme and run a Sunday session for those to be part of that programme.

We have a committed group of volunteers willing to commit time and energy to help our planned continued growth but our facilities are extremely poor, tired, and inappropriate for our community family based vision for our rugby club.

Our ultimate plan is to bring rugby for these young people to our club and to achieve this we need to reenergise our social space with a complete transformation.

The club house currently has a bar area and a separate dining area. The plan is to remove the dividing wall and open up the club house space so that all are included, particularly post-match. This will improve the ambience of the club house, lead to player retention and will be generally more welcoming. This will improve the takings behind the bar. With the new space there is the option to potentially look at hiring the facility to local groups to improve revenue during the close season and mid-week, establishing greater community links.

The current kitchen facilities are inadequate for the growing club and utilise more space that is needed. The intention is to split the space by a) installing a fit for purpose kitchen, with correct professional equipment, with serving hatch into club and b) utilising the newly created space as an area for children to safely play, a kids club. This will allow the club to then offer catering for all its needs and potentially host external events. The kids’ club creation will improve the experience for players and their families as the children can be supervised whilst the players and families participate in club activities. This will lead to player retention and an increased player base across the board particularly the target RFU age range.

Most of the clubhouse furniture is ancient and mismatching. Replacing this with new furniture will improve the ambience of the club and improve revenue from more usage.

Plymouth Argaum RFC are committed to making our club family focussed in which the local community can be proud and enjoy partaking in a sport that is so good for establishing values and friendships for life and the improvements to our clubhouse are an important part in achieving this goal.

Plymouth Argaum RFC

Location: Roborough

Plymouth Argaum have a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers who are willing to commit time and energy to help our vision of a family focussed rugby club house become a reality where the fantastic values from the game can be realised, where the core values and friendships are for life.
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