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Marlborough Rovers' Changing Room Improvements

Marlborough Rovers is a registered charity and runs 20 teams both male and female ranging in age from 5 to adult. We currently have in excess of 250 young people playing and training.
We play our home matches at Moira Miners Welfare a fabulous facility in terms of pitch quality, accessibility and catering.
However, our changing room facilities are very outdated and require renovation.
Improved facilities would benefit not only our own children but also gives the opportunity to run an U8s league competition every Saturday morning thereby supporting an additional 100 children from other clubs in the area.

The facility is generally run down with showers not working, broken changing benches, damaged walls, ageing toilet facilities etc.
However, of equal importance is our inability to fulfil specific requirements of County Football Association which include:
A separate designated changing area for officials including showers.
Separate changing area and showers for female players.
First Aid room.

The improved facility will benefit up to 250 children and adults currently playing football for Marlborough Rovers.
Additionally the proposed Saturday league would give access to a further 100 players per week from other local clubs.
As a Charter Standard club we are of course fully inclusive and indeed have a thriving girls section.
The grounds are used through the summer for car boot sales, bowls, and croquet all of which will benefit from improved toilet facilities.

We have a longer term project to improve drainage on the site with c.£40k available from the county FA. We need to provide £10k toward that and are well on our way to raising that.
In looking to move to the next level of Charter Standard we will combine with other local clubs to provide competitive football for disabled children.
Obviously the changing / toilet facilities are key to that.

The total cost of the works equates to £10,000



We have saved this amount in our development fund via fund raising activities at our annual tournament, quiz nights, raffles etc.

No other funding identified

Through club volunteers we have obtained a good proportion of the labour costs of the quotes amounting to some £3000

Comments (4)

1. Fay Longdon said on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:04:

This project will support and already thriving club to provide even more opportunities for young people and adults in the area to take part in football. The club are continually looking to improve and the changing room improvements would support them to do so and gain the next level of Charter Standard meaning they are able to be a fully inclusive club, open to all

2. Gail Rushton - Sports Development Officer - NWLDC said on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:53:

Marlborough Rovers is a brilliant club run by a dedicated bunch of volunteers that provide competitive football opportunities to residents from around the district. They desperately need to get the renovation funding to enable them to improve and progress to the next level. Good Luck.

3. Alan Hancock said on Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:25:

Both my sons are members of Marlborough Rovers one being in the under 8s and the other at soccer school. It is refreshing in this day and age that a club is committed to the health and welfare of children and provides a valuable service to the community.
Last year my son entered a Football tournament run by Marlborough at Moira Miners Welfare and the facilities to play football for the children was second to none, however I was disappointed by the changing room facilities that let the occassion down slightly.

Improving these facilities would benefit children of all ages for years to come

4. Phil Bradshaw said on Thu, 24 Nov 2011 08:09:

As a parent involved in local junior and senior football I can only praise the hard work that Marlborough Rovers and Moira Miners Welfare dedicate to the grounds at Moira. When we are lucky enough to play there the pitches are second to none. However the only aspect that would definitely benefit from serious improvement are the changing and toilet facilities. If they where improved to match the rest of the grounds then North West Leicestershire would have a premier venue to be proud of.

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