Abermule Community Centre Major Development Project

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National Lottery Community Fund to provide a £99,600 grant for Abermule Community Centre Project!
We have been successful in our application for a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to build our new Multi Use Community Room. The new extension will be built at the rear of the Centre, facing the sports field and all weather sports area. With large windows and a decking area, it will provide spectator facilities for events, a drop in cafe during the week and a base for training sessions and social meetings of all kinds and for all ages. Alongside the new room, the entrance area and toilets will be remodelled and refurbished. It is hoped work will begin in the autumn of this year.
Many thanks to the National Lottery players for contributing to this important development for our Community Centre in Abermule!
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Report Completed By T.Wain 15/01/2019 After initial meeting with Community Centre Chair and Andrew Jarman
Abermule Community Centre - outline of possible development project
Description of project – To build a community facility containing disabled and able-bodied toilets, a medical room and social area on part of the current grassed area between school kitchen and existing community centre corridor. Also, to re surface an existing all-weather recreation area, repair and update floodlghts and to form a secure boundary predominately for the safeguarding of school children.
Football Club – Running two senior teams each season the club is now firmly established and will be celebrating its 50th year in 2020.
The current all-weather recreation area in the village is unsafe for training as it’s a tarmac surface so we travel to neighbouring Newtown to pay excessive rates for a facility there, an astro surface would allow us to train next to our pitch and changing facilities throughout the entire year whilst also reducing our ongoing costs.
Developing the community room would also be of huge benefit to the club, it would provide our spectators with toilet facilities and refreshments, an area for our committee to hold meetings and for our players/supporters to utilise on matchdays to create a greater togetherness
These development opportunities would also provide us with potential to expand our Club. Walking football, ladies’ teams and a junior section would all be viable with onsite playing, changing, training and social facilities
With a safe playing surface for football the training facilities could also be hired out to other small clubs in the area, generating an income for the community centre to support a business plan.
Other benefits –
Bowling Club – Could use the community facility for catering on practice and match days throughout the summer.
Community Centre – The community room could be used for the car boot sales which are a pivotal fundraiser for all affiliated clubs. Running costs would be reduced by not having to open, heat and clean the centre for isolated meetings, events etc
To accommodate the growing number of affiliated groups and a shortage of current space.
Abermule School – The astro surface would allow them to participate in multi sports throughout the year such as Football, Rugby, Athletics, Netball, Tennis and Hockey.
Safeguarding the pupils with a boundary fence will also be incorporated into the project.
Tennis Club – New surface and floodlights to enable play throughout the year, storage area for equipment.
Netball Club – Newtown netball club used the all-weather facility for several years but left due to safety concerns with the surface. A new surface and amenities with the addition of our changing facilities would provide them or a new club with the safe environment required.
Other opportunities –
The medical room could be hired out for private hire for therapies such as sports massage, blood donation service, the social room for small group sessions such as Pilates or yoga.
The social room could be utilised as a coffee shop or tea rooms during the day for parents on the school run or for the elderly to prevent loneliness in the rural community, or as a welcome break for people enjoying the Montgomery canal or Dolforwyn woods.
Sporting festivals could be held throughout the year by affiliated clubs, the school or outside concerns.
Possible funding sources-
As a registered charity, Abermule Community Centre Association would be best placed to be the principle applicant, but most of the larger grants encourage partnerships in projects. Partners could be AFC (FAW grants), other smaller grants or commercial sponsorship. We would seek support and advice from PAVO early in the process of grant seeking.
As the cost of the project is likely to be over £50,000, the larger grants currently advertised include:
1.) Big Lottery - People and Places Medium grant - £10k to £100k
This currently oversubscribed, but a new Rural Programme in available from Oct 2019
2.) Welsh Government - Community Facilities Programme
Large projects up to £250k Some match funding required.
3) Opportunities Through Sports Grants -Peter Harrison Foundation
Up to £200. Present round currently closed.
4) Active Communities Programme
Up to £50k
5) FAW Grasspoots grants
6) Sport Wales - Club Solutions - various grants
Terry Wain nominated Trustee representative on Community Centre Major Development Project.
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