FFTF October Update
The ‘Fit for the Future’ clubhouse redevelopment project achieved a significant milestone in recent weeks with the project being granted planning permission by Cornwall Council. This important milestone was largely thanks to the hard work from Jack Burr and Martin Luscombe. The club would like to acknowledge their efforts and financial support in reaching this crucial milestone.
On the fundraising front five cyclists finished their sponsored bike ride from John O’Groats to Lands’ End on Saturday 2nd October. In total they raised £27,000 for the clubhouse redevelopment project, which includes the £305 raised from supporters collected during the home game to Paignton. The cyclists - Steve Nicholls, Gareth Nicholls, Justin Dodge, John Schuttkacker and Tim O’Shea would like to say a massive thank you to all the members and supporters of TRFC who kindly donated and provided endless positive messages and support during the ride.
Final statistics according to Strava were:
79 hours riding time
49,579ft of elevation
A final thank-you to everybody who braved the weather and was at the rugby club and went down to Lands’ End on 2nd October to give the guys a warm welcome home.
For any final donations please visit the teams Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jogle-trfc
The project now moves onto securing additional funds, which includes applying for funding grants from variety of sources, the launch of a crowdfunding site and working closely with local businesses and organisations.
Please keep a eye on the large display boards inside the club for further updates and how supporters and members can get involved.
Truro RFC Members Communique 5th August 2021
The Truro RFC board are excited to formally announce to our members an ambitious project to significantly upgrade our ageing clubhouse facilities. We’ve mentioned this project in previous members updates, but we’re now in a position to share the exciting details behind the scheme, as we’ve recently submitted the planning application to Cornwall Council.
The project will deliver a number of longstanding aspirations for the club, ensuring our facilities are fit for the future. After a difficult 18-months due to Covid-19, it’s really important that we continue to invest in our facilities so we can continue to be a hub for bringing people together and ensure Truro Rugby Club remains at the heart of the local community.
This project has been developed over the last 12 months by a small subgroup of the board (Luke Trescothick, Ross Denning, Martin Luscombe and Tim Brocklebank), with the addition of Steve Nicholls. Steve and the rest of the Nicholls family see this project as a fitting tribute and tangible legacy for their dad (Stuart Nicholls) who sadly died in October 2019. Stuart had a 45-year relationship with the club, ranging from playing, to chairman of the youth section, and finishing with a 15-year stint as club secretary.
The proposed scheme is spilt into four individual phases, outlined below.
- A new stand which will provide a dry, safe and designated area for spectators to enjoy all forms of rugby on match day.
- An upgrade and extension to the existing changing rooms, incorporating two new large changing rooms. This phase will strengthen and build upon the already established youth, colts, girls, ladies, touch and senior sides, as well as other associated sports clubs. This phase is focused on expanding the club’s membership, particularly when it comes to the recently established girls and ladies side. The new amenities will mean each changing room has its own toilet and shower facilities. This phase will also incorporate two referee’s rooms, a larger storeroom, a repositioned plant room and a physio room, all complying with the requirements set out by the RFU.
- Renovating the kitchen and bar areas to cater for an increased player base, spectators and sponsorship/conference events.
- A new multi-purpose meeting and entertainment space. This new space will have the flexibility to partition into four individual areas, or for it to be opened up into a new large multi-use space. This new large entertainment space will comfortably allow us to cater for 100 seated dinners during future events.
HELP NEEDED: It would be hugely appreciated if you could add comments of support to the planning portal HERE as this will only strengthen our application. The portal can also be used to see the detail behind the application.
During these early stages of the project the board would like to say a huge thank you to Martin Luscombe and his business partner Jack Burr. Martin and Jack have provided the technical expertise and financial support to allow the project to progress and reach this key planning permission milestone.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
This is an ambitious project and the Board really need all our members to get behind this. The project team have identified a number of potential funding streams, ranging from grant and loan funding to online raffles, crowd funding, sponsorship events and corporate/membership endorsements. This is all in the process of being developed, and we will update you on outcomes as soon as we can, but for now….
PLEASE SUPPORT US WITH
Sponsor our team cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End - this September (led by Stuart Nicholls’s two sons – Steven and Gareth Nicholls) – click HERE to donate, and please share the attached flyer with family, friends and business contacts.
Donate your skills – for example are you are a tradesman or an expert in fundraising or perhaps you have other skills that would benefit the project. To express an interest please contact TRFCfitforthefuture@gmail.com.
Corporate & membership endorsements – there are multiple opportunities at varying levels of investments from as little as £1,000 to £100,000 to sponsor one of the new facilities in its entirety – for a conversation please email TRFCfitforthefuture@gmail.com.
Donate a prize for a raffle – please contact us via TRFCfitforthefuture@gmail.com
Finally, the board are planning to formally launch the project at either a pre-season friendly match or an early home league fixture. Further details will follow. This will give all members the opportunity to see large visual plans of the project and speak to the project team. The board are keen to connect with all members, to hear your views and understand how you may be able to contribute to the project.
For more information please contact: TRFCfitforthefuture@gmail.com or feel free to contact one of the subgroup board members.