Haywards Heath Rugby Club’s plans for a new Clubhouse at Whitemans Green are moving forward apace with detailed technical drawings and implementation plans under development to turn the rugby club’s dream into reality as soon as possible. With planning permission secured in May and a significant contribution via a facility grant from Mid Sussex District Council confirmed in June, the Club is determined to raise the funds needed to make it happen.
With Fairfax as its Main Club Sponsor, HHRFC has a commercial partner willing to commit the expert skills, resources and financial support required. The plans also have the wholehearted support of Fairfax Building Young Futures – an education foundation dedicated to promoting blended learning opportunities for students. The new Clubhouse will become a base for the foundation’s classroom-based activities. This combination provides an invaluable impetus, working with the Club to take the project forward.
The Club has secured additional corporate sponsors this season, joining a list of other brands and business which now include Fairfax, Pets Corner, Mansell McTaggart, Phoenix, California Raisins, Merlin PCB Group and The Orchards, keen to have their names associated with a growing and ambitious club, both on and off the pitch.
Heath 1st XV is currently sitting top of London & South East 2 league having started this season very strongly under Lead Coach Ross Chisholm and his assistant Jim Taylor and the Club needs to be able to offer appropriate facilities for current and future generations of players. Heath’s youth squad is the biggest in Sussex with numbers in excess of 450 young players across ages Under 6 to Under 16 every weekend, plus a mixed Under 17/Under 18 Colts side. The current Clubhouse is no longer fit for purpose and the whole Club is working together to make sure that this development opportunity is not missed.
The Club has already raised over £350,000 itself and is continuing its fund raising activities, following a successful Festival of Rugby at Whitemans Green in late August and Race Night in October with a planned HHRFC City Lunch in London on 7 February 2020 where former Quins professional Tom Williams will be discussing the fallout from the notorious Bloodgate incident. All rugby supporters are welcome to join this lunch and more information is available on the Club website at www.hhrfc.co.uk or via firstname.lastname@example.org .
The CGI images show how the proposed state of the art, two storey, multi-sport pavilion with its massively improved facilities, viewing balcony and additional parking will help encourage increased participation in rugby at all ages and allow the club to reach its goal of extending the provision of rugby to include girls age 12+ and ladies. The new Clubhouse will benefit not just the local rugby community but also other sports and has the potential to become a major community social hub providing facilities to a wide range of other local organisations and creating a positive legacy for the local area. To this end, fund raising continues in earnest and with the help and assistance of the extended rugby family and the local community, this fantastic proposed new community sports facility is getting closer step by step.