Warboys Sports and Social Club
The new committee at Warboys Sports and Social Club has been extremely busy over the past 12 months completing renovation works on the group’s main facilities, making the amenity a more attractive destination for the local community to enjoy.
It seems the hard work has paid dividends, with increased membership subscription and participation of various new community groups utilising the site. However, the efforts were quickly unravelling due to the poor state of the ageing roof, subsequently causing damage to the interior during poor weather conditions.
The main bar area, function hall, meeting room and toilets that were part of the upgrade have each experienced issues, with the club facing possible closure if the problems weren’t rectified immediately.
Being a non-profit organisation, run by volunteers, the community group is heavily reliant on generating funds for works such as these from external resources. Fortunately, local construction business Mick George Ltd provided the £16,650 of funding to undergo the roof repairs.
In addition to the new roof that was installed, PVC fascia’s replaced the existing rotten wooden boards, while a new source of light has been provided in the form of multiple roof lights, that also improve the air circulation within the building.
The facility currently homes a diverse array of community groups that include, adult and junior football teams, cricket, table tennis and chess clubs, darts teams, line dancers, slimming world, parent’s teachers association and allotment associations. It is envisaged that the recent changes will only see an expansion to this offering.
Christopher Newton, Committee Member at Warboys Sports and Social Club said: ‘‘The newly re-laid roof in the hall and changing rooms have maintained and increased the longevity of the village’s community sport hub. This has created a much more aesthetically pleasing building to attract new members and to help keep existing ones. We’re extremely grateful to Mick George Ltd for their involvement.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’You can see from the sheer volume of individuals and groups using the premises, just how important it is to local residents. Over time it is natural that there will be a degree of deterioration in the physical state of premises, but the reality is that it will be extremely difficult for volunteer led organisations to fund the necessary maintenance.’’
Stump continued: ‘’Our Community Fund is designed for exactly this purpose. As a business that relies on the support of the local communities in which we operate, we’re always keen to give something back where possible.’’