Below is his summary of how the week went:
We were eventually able to run approximately 35 projects, involving over 50 community groups in spite of the COVID lock down restrictions being extended
The key benefit is that we have shown that community led projects can get started and completed in Roehampton
The Club, and particular your and your team’s involvement has been great as an example of ‘getting stuck in and taking action’
Within the projects, the AAC and the Schools Sports Days have been regarded as huge successes and we are keen to replicate them
Schools’ day was jointly hosted by the Club and Rosslyn Park FC. We had over 160 children from six schools across six sports – tennis, squash, padel, rugby league, netball and Rugby Union
• Very good feedback from the schools and council representatives
• Paul Lindsay and the coaches are amazing as always
• Big thank you to Joy Stevens, Serena White and the Jacobs / Hill boys for being volunteers. Important as we had to run COVID bubbles and protocols
The AAC has been transformational in the way the community is looking at some of these ‘under-utilized’ spaces- both the indoor and outdoor usage has been significantly upgraded
• The redecorating has made the rooms much more attractive. The centre is now getting a series of bookings (e.g., university using for sport delivery, women’s network events etc.
• The outdoor community garden and planting has allowed for ‘education sessions’ for the children re food, a (very) small amount of income from selling the produce, and massively improved the look of the place – Thank you Peter Bradburn and team
• The cleaning, clearing out of junk, and power spraying has improved the safety of the site for young children, and made it more appealing generally – usage also significantly up
• We are now thinking about whether we can do the same thing with the Alton Hall, and potentially Focus Hall
We have spent just over £6,000 of the donation so far, and will use the rest over the next 6 to 12 months.
The bulk of the money was on using Good Guys decorating and the young offenders to refurbish the AAC.
We plan to have continued investment into the AAC, and to extend the general activity programmes
The other big benefit from the Club’s grant was that it proved to be catalyst for other institutions to follow in your footsteps – Council (£10k), AELTC (£4k), University (£4k) and Parish Trust (£5k)
We have also agreed to support the restoration this December of the activity wall at Whitley Point on the Alton Estate by Estate Art as this multi-sports area needs to be made more attractive to be better utilised.
The Club is proud that it can lend the expertise of its staff to such good community use and that the grant, kindly approved by the Board, can be used as seed funding for a year for a variety of projects and programmes that otherwise may not get off the ground.
Golf Captains 2019/21
This week sees the handing over of the captain’s baton from Angela Atkins to Patricia Morgan and from Gerry Dennigan to Paul Taylor. Both Angela and Gerry have done sterling jobs leading their respective Committees through the unprecedented challenges of the last two years. The Board asked if they would serve for a second year not only for continuity purposes but so they could have a full summer of golf to enjoy while in office. I know I can speak on behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff in thanking them both for the time and commitment they have demonstrated.
Our congratulations to Patricia and Paul. Their traditional drive in takes place this Saturday 16th October at 11am after the Annual Meeting of Golfers which starts at 9:30am. Please come along to both events to support the outgoing and incoming Golf Captains.
Please click here to read the latest update from Golf Committee Chairman Niels Verbeek