Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

Cranbrook Sports Club - Clubhouse Redevelopment

Cranbrook Sports Club (Cranbrook Rugby Football & Cricket Club) has a long history in the town of Cranbrook in Kent.

The Rugby Club was founded by Bill Jaeger sometime around 1936. During World War II rugby at Cranbrook was put on hold, Jaeger a member of the RAF Volunteer Reserve was killed in action during 1944 serving with the Mosquito Night Fighters, 96th Squadron, based in nearby West Malling.

The Rugby Club was reformed by some of the current members in 1957/8 but with no real facilities of its own, the Club relied on access to the Cranbrook School facilities. Eventually, the Rugby Club acquired its first pitch and clubhouse on the Tomlin Field in Cranbrook, which is still its home today.

The current clubhouse was constructed from wartime prefabrications in 1971, there are four prefabricated buildings as well as a cricket pavilion but with the growth in the popularity and success of the club, plus an ever-expanding range of local community groups who want to use its facilities a redevelopment of the clubhouse is now urgently required.

Cranbrook Rugby Club historically shared its ground with Cranbrook Cricket Club, the cricket club ceased to operate in 2010 until the Rugby Club took over and began promoting cricket in 2012.

The Cricket Club has since grown significantly and has enjoyed huge success, with junior teams competing in Kent leagues and tournaments. The cricket section’s plan is to build a strong youth section that will become the adult cricket players of tomorrow, and to provide the best quality coaching for all in a fun, yet progressive manner.

The Cranbrook Rugby and Cricket Clubs have since reformed as a registered charity and trading company and together has approximately four hundred and fifty senior, family and social members.

The proposed clubhouse redevelopment is being undertaken by the Club in order that in the future in will add value to our local community and make the playing of sport accessible for all.

The planned clubhouse will provide a multi-use venue serving the needs of a broad spectrum of individuals and local groups seeking general relaxation and social activities, there will be training and development opportunities in sports and leisure, a space for community activities, meetings, exhibitions and other entertainment activities.

The proposal is for a two-storey structure with a glass first-storey frontage and balcony, on the bottom storey changing rooms with their own showers and toilets, officials changing rooms, plant and storage rooms as well as spectator toilets.
Access to the floor above will be via staircases situated at either end of the building. A wheelchair lift is also planned for accessibility.

On the first floor, a room seating one hundred and fifty people is detailed along with a bar, shop, kitchen, and storage room, as well as function room cloakrooms’. To the front of the building a balcony overlooking the cricket square and first team pitch is planned which will also accommodate an additional seating area.

The Club’s vision is to create a new two-storey clubhouse and changing facility in keeping with traditional local architecture, which preserves the history of the two clubs whilst providing modern facilities.

With the projected cost of the redevelopment project being well over a million pounds it is anticipated that the finances for this project will come from not only Club reserves but grant-making bodies as well from a comprehensive fundraising plan. The Club has a strong track record of raising finance to support various initiatives.

Fundraising to develop the club is an on-going process and is coordinated by a dedicated team, the Club has unprecedented support from the parish council, local businesses and sponsors and with their help and support from within the Club and the wider community it is hoped that the required funding will be secured.

CRANBROOK SPORTS CLUB

Location: Cranbrook

We are proud of the time and effort those involved with Cranbrook Sports Club including the committee, volunteers, parents, families and the local community put into making the club successful. The club brings our local community together through sport and our project would build on this success.
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