For those of you familiar with the changing rooms at KRFC it is quite obvious they are no longer fit for purpose. With the increasing player numbers and development of our Senior, Youth, Wee Blues, Ladies and Girl’s rugby, the facilities we have to accommodate players really need to change. Furthermore, our increased engagement with other sports Clubs in our community makes it obvious that something needs to be done to improve the accommodation for everyone.
To give some background, the Club Board has worked very hard over the past 5 years to achieve Charitable Status for KRFC and to invest heavily in our Wee Blues and Youth rugby in a bid to develop good rugby players who want to play for the senior Blues. We have invested funds in a Development Officer and a lot of time and effort has gone in to offering coaching and referee courses to our members and engaging better with them, encouraging their involvement with KRFC. We have been very successful with this investment and this is reflected in our first XV which is a very young side.
We have also worked hard with the local community, we are a founder member of Balwearie sports hub, local running clubs use our facilities, the very successful local fireworks display and Kirkcaldy half marathon, engaging with the School of Hard Knocks and supporting the Looney Dook are but a few of the things KRFC is involved with.
Consequently, the Board has assembled a sub committee who are investigating the possibility of knocking down the old changing rooms and building at least 6 new ones, with their own showers, toilets etc. There is the possibility of a Community Café and a good, well planned facility will offer more engagement with local community groups. The subcommittee was formed about 9 months ago and has made a lot of progress, meeting with the SRU, Sport Scotland and Fife Council in an effort to assess the possibilities. A questionnaire was distributed locally which saw 1000 replies from locals expressing interest and views on how our project could benefit the area. We now also have a small finance committee who are looking at the various funding options available to us, the two sub committees are working closely together.
Hard work by our Board members and Haines Watts accountants has seen the club restructure itself financially to reflect our new Charitable Status and allow us to be better placed to apply for finance to allow us to proceed with this project. We are now at a point where the brief for the project has been sent out to 3 architects who will draw up plans and present them to the Club fairly soon.
Importantly the project needs to be future proof and we will need a strong business plan to make it sustainable and profitable financially for the Club and our community. The Club must continue lead and show it’s positive ‘can do’ attitude> We are setting high standards in all that we do on and off the pitch and this project with its benefits for KRFC and the surrounding community reflect that.
Volunteers and people who can help in any way, no matter how small that help is, are welcome. Help doesn’t need to be for a big project. Bear in mind that the Club still needs to be run day to day, our success brings its own problems where too few people are doing too many jobs. If we all pull together we can continue to make this Club a better place to play rugby and to offer an asset for our local community to use.
J Graeme Hannah