Inclusivity

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000

Description

As we are now in our tenth season, there's no better time to develop our club's facilities to meet the needs of a membership base that boasts numbers of more than 450, who are supported by a dedicated team of 50 coaches. Such success and community engagement, in a short period of time, speaks volumes for the club, and the volunteers and members who've made it the community pillar that it is today. An award to support a makeover of our facilities would mean so much to us, and our commitment to diversity and inclusion, as we continue to promote and encourage our girls to play. It would also provide an immediate boost to the people experiencing our club each week.
The club was established on the founding principles of teamwork, discipline, focus, and respect for others. The creation of the club, which incorporates our Mini’s (ages 5 – 12) and Youth (ages 13 – 18) age groups, was undertaken with a clear mission to provide an environment that fosters competitive rugby, whilst having fun, in an environment that's safe and inclusive to all.
We like to give back ;
As a local club, we take our responsibility to the community very seriously, and we strive to achieve recognition as a club that's seen as a core building block of local life; which means that our remit extends past the rugby pitch. This is evident in a number of ways ;
- fundraising for causes with which the club has an association, for example, we support SOS Kit Aid
- the committee actively supports charities and fundraising initiatives that may be linked to a particular member's family circumstances. It's something we really value
- provision of bursaries to allow children to join the club, where without such support they would not be able to play rugby.
Despite the size of the club, it is organised, managed and staffed by volunteer resource only. Almost all of our coaches and committee members are parents who have children within the club and who are happy to give up their weekends to coach the children.
As a club, we structure ourselves around inclusivity. Although we are firmly rooted within the local community, we very much welcome children from all around. The coaches and team managers work hard to build camaraderie and teamwork amongst the squad and the results that we get are the most satisfying part of what we do.
Within every age group, it is easy to see the teamwork and respect that the players have for one another and this is even easier to see on the field of play. All children play in competitive festivals, either in mixed abilities, or in streams, depending on their age and the competition, always with safety in mind. It is at such events that we see the Warrior spirit come alive, with team mates playing for and taking care of each other on the field. That is what both rugby and life are all about!
A very real need ;
The committee is looking to enhance the facilities we are able to provide and the most pressing item is the toilet facilities. They are old and in desperate need of repair. We are especially looking to increase and improve the facilities for our female members as these are in particularly poor condition. Both sets of amenities require full replacement of toilets and urinals, tiling and decorating and why we request funding through the scheme for the amount of £9,000. This sum has been reached via the quotes obtained and will allow us to complete the works in their entirety.
This will make a huge difference to the club and how it is used by both our playing members and the extended community around them, particularly the girls in the mini’s squad and the Mum’s of all the children. On Sundays, the clubhouse becomes a focal point for people to gather with a bacon sandwich and a cup of coffee, but we know that our substandard sanitary facilities do limit the time that people stay. We will be able to invite and properly cater for more local clubs and increase the number of people we are able to bring together through the rugby family.

Old Wimbledonian Warriors RFC

I have been a coach for 8 years and a committee member for 2 and am extremely proud of what we have achieved as club. The commitment of all involved in the running of the club is matched only by the sense of belonging and satisfaction that the children get as they make team mates for life.

Location: Raynes Park, London, United Kingdom