Between The Posts

    MUMBLES RUGBY CLUB 

 

   ‘BETWEEN THE POSTS’

    April 2021

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the April issue of the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. I have the result of the Six Nations challenge as well as an update on our own return to rugby. Plus exciting news on the Go Underhill project. So read on and get yourselves set to return to BAR 1887 albeit outside at the moment! 

WELCOME BACK TO BAR 1887

Yes I start with the great news that BAR 1887 will be open for service on Friday 30th April which will be table service outside under our bright new canopy! There is also the prospect that we will be able to open inside on 17th May which is really good news. So after almost 4 months we will be back up and running and we can’t wait to welcome all our friends and supporters back, let’s get the party started, social distancing of course!

 

SIX NATIONS TOURNAMENT 2021

Well done to Wales the champions of what I believe was one of the great Six Nations for many a year. There was excitement right up to the last minute of the last game! 

The final table was as follows, together with the Six Nations Prediction Challenge:

1

Wales

2

France

3

Ireland

4

Scotland

5

England

6

Italy

 

 

Prediction Results Winners

 

Prediction Table Winners

1st

Naomi Webborn

9 pts

 

1st

Chris Founds

2nd)

Chris Founds

5 pts

 

2nd

Andy Williams

2nd)

Ian Griffith

5 pts

 

 

 

3rd)

Bruce Roberts

4 pts

 

 

 

3rd)

John Benson

4 pts

 

 

 

So it’s congratulations to Naomi, a Marks & Spencer Hamper is on its way!

The joint 2nd place guys Chris and Ian will receive bottles of Bubbles and for joint 3rd place Bruce and John, it will be bottles of Wine. For the Table challenge it’s more Bubbles for Chris and Wine for Andy Williams as runner-up! Thank you to everyone for accepting the challenge, some surprising results made it an interesting challenge but Wales are the real winners as Six Nations Champions! 

WALES AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY WALK

Gareth Bennett would like to thank everybody who donated to the Wales Air Ambulance charity walk which Gareth, Nicola and other friends and family completed back in March. They raised over £2,000, an outstanding effort from Team Bennett! 

 

GO UNDERHILL PROJECT

Funding

  • Having already secured £490K from the National Lottery award for the Café/Community Hub and a further £50k in donations, the £1.2m grant award from Mumbles Community Council has now been confirmed through a legally binding agreement with Mumbles Community Association. The grant enables us to fund the development of the 4 changing room block and refurbished Pavilion with new toilets.  It also includes £325k towards the costs of the all-weather pitch, although this is subject to match funding from other sources.

 

  • The outcome of our grant application to the Welsh Government Community Facilities Programme, for funding towards the costs of the building development, is not yet known. If successful, this would enable the construction of an additional 2 changing room block and we hope to hear news on this in May.  

 

  • Despite our considerable successes so far in securing funding for Go Underhill, we still don’t have all the money needed to enable us to deliver the full Phase 1 plans, including a new all-weather pitch.   Alongside exploring other options for grant funding, we are also looking to raise money through donations from businesses and from local people who will benefit from the new facilities and opportunities which Go Underhill will bring. 

 

An invitation only event is being planned for those interested in getting involved in this exciting development… but there is no need to wait until then.  

 

Regular or one-off donations can be made to Go Underhill via Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).  Simply use the link on our website www.go-underhill.com/donate.  

 

Anyone interested in making a substantial donation or in sponsoring Go Underhill can find out more about the scheme or our fundraising launch event by contacting MCA Trustee Martin Rodwell.  Email Martin on info@go-underhill.com  

Design & Build

  • The final designs have been completed.  Due to some minor changes resulting from the detailed design work, an application has been made to Swansea Council for approval for some minor material amendments. Mumbles Community Association is waiting to hear if the application has been approved. 

 

  • An application has also been made for the release of planning conditions, set when the original planning approval was given in November 2019.

 

  • As required by law, applications have been made for Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SuDS) for our plans, which include the building work and both a full sized and a reduced size all-weather pitch.

Here is the latest architectural visual of the refurbished pavilion and planned construction for the new community hub and café, six new changing rooms, and ancillary facilities

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Timescales

  • The final details of the tripartite lease agreement between, Mumbles Community Association, Mumbles Community Council, and Swansea City Council are being worked on.  It is anticipated that this will be completed soon. 

 

  • Based on all outstanding matters being concluded, Mumbles Community Association are hopeful that we will be able to tender the building development in May.  Provided the tenders are financially viable given our budget, work would then start on site in late Summer 2021, with the completion of the new facilities 12 - 15 months later.

 

  • Any companies who have an interest in any aspect of the build or operation of the Park and its new facilities are encouraged to email us on info@go-underhill.com, so that we can get in touch at the appropriate time.

 

Get Involved

  • We are still looking for more young people aged 11 – 18 year old to join our new Underhill Park Youth Group.  If you are interested in helping us run this group or know a young person who would like to be involved, please get in touch.  

 

Email: info@go-underhill.com or contact us on Facebook Messenger.

 

WALES AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS

The WRU announced a mouth-watering set of Autumn Internationals for Wales and it is hoped these will be played out in front of full house crowds for the first time in well over a year! 

Saturday 30 October – New Zealand All Blacks

Saturday 6 November – South Africa 

Sunday 14 November – Fiji

Saturday 20 November - Australia 

 

Now the WRU have changed the ticket arrangements which means tickets will now be sent electronically to your smart phone or tablet or any other device you use for apps which will need to be presented at the turnstile on the day of the game. Sounds all very technical but that’s the way it is. As this announcement was only made this week we are in the process of talking with Peter Ebenezer about how we administer any requests for tickets and I will report on this in the next couple of weeks. However if you could complete the Data form which is attached to this email that will be the first part of the process underway. 

Just to reassure you we will of course be showing Live all of these games whatever channel they are broadcast on so you won’t miss a kick and in the comfort of BAR 1887 with Beer and Wine just a few strides away with no queues!   

 

BACK ON THE PITCH!

I thought I would finish with more good news, the boys are about to start back in training! Yes, after a year of no action, initial training sessions are allowed to start for Seniors and Youth. The Juniors are already back and the player numbers have been off the scale especially with the mini teams such as the U5’s which had 55 Boys and Girls running around last Sunday. There are a number of stages to go through and are subject of course to Covid restrictions but we are hopeful of having 15-a-side games by August and we will certainly be looking to stage the Cracker 7’s at the end of August!   

 

Well that’s about it for this month. I hope you agree that at last it’s looking good on all fronts. The club is reopening, the boys are back in training and the Underhill Project is almost there, onwards and upwards for Mumbles Rugby Club! 

  

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com