I have been working for 11 years to get a home for the hockey club, and have finally succeeded. In this time the sport, and this club, has been booming, and we now have nearly 500 children as members, from 4-18, plus their parents, who want to be able to enjoy a hot snack and a soft drink after training and matches.
- To provide hot food and drink (hockey is mainly a winter sport) for the children and parents. The juniors train or play every day except Saturday (although many play adult hockey then), across the age groups, so a kitchen is essential.
- To provide hot food after adult matches on Saturdays as part of regenerating a club 'spirit'. This will take some time - the club has been without a pitch side clubhouse for a long time, and having facilities people want to be in will make a huge difference.
- The whole project is about taking a successful local community sports club that offers opportunities for all abilities, and developing it into a vibrant club with a secure base in the heart of it's local area. A key part of that development is a well fitted kitchen in the clubhouse.
How we will achieve our goals
At the moment we do no know how we could effectively fit out the kitchen. A grant of £5000 would ensure we have the funds. We will use domestic cupboards, cooker, dishwasher, etc because it’s not a commercial kitchen and it’s cheaper, but the work has to be done properly as it will need a hygiene certificate. So it cannot be done in stages.
Where the money will go
Having come so far with creating a home for the club (due to the lack of local facilities most ‘home’ matches are currently played in Herts, no social area) it is amazing the level of growth that the junior section has achieved, all with a roughly 50/50 gender mix. The excitement about having a home shortly is huge, but we need a proper kitchen.