With a £500 grant from NatWest secured by Dominic Mitchell via the project proposal, a committed band of volunteers set about some key improvements to the Club on a blisteringly hot weekend.
The primary objective of the event was to provide additional changing space for our younger players on cold and wet Sunday mornings and to facilitate the operation and staging of three games concurrently, especially with the plans for a third rugby pitch well-underway at the time of writing the proposal. Through the recent season, some Sunday mornings have seen a real bottleneck of changing space if three Youth games are taking place at the same time.
Key to this ideal was the re-organising of all of the Club's storage and make full use of the new container and compound system put into place in the autumn of 2018. The container had to be fully cleared and cleaned and then an innovative racking system has been put into place.
The result is a fantastic storage facility which now houses all of the Club's tackle bags and shields and provides a simple-to-use system for all the of the Mini and Youth age groups to keep their equipment contained, neat and tidy.
Pitch furniture is also safely stored inside the container with capacity for the full three sets necessary with our new Youth Pitch coming online in September.
In addition to the two free changing rooms cleared out and spruced up, we have now secured space for a dedicated first-aid and physio space within the corridor as well, adding to the brilliant facilities available at Edenbridge RFC. The full development of the medical space will continue through the summer alongside an overhaul of our Referee's changing space meaning that by the start for the 2019-20 season, ERFC will be fully equipped to handle anything our members and visitors would like to throw at us!
As a final piece to the works, we now have ensured that the much-underused scoreboard has a proper place, mounted by the Club House to make its use much easier for anyone involved in a match on Pitch One.
The Club's thanks go to those who gave up their weekend to see this project through which, in addition to the Board, included Steve Bryant, Callum Erskine (on his birthday no less!) and Adam & Rhys Bright.