Brampton Rovers AFC FC.

Issue no. 52 – April 2014.

By Paul Chapman

Brampton Rovers Brampton Rovers AFC Football Club, established in 1966, is one of the biggest amateur clubs in Derbyshire and part of the “Grassroots Partnership” with Chesterfield FC.

The Club is a non-profit facility run by volunteers based on the old Newbold School playing fields, opposite the Olde House pub.

This active club has over 20 teams – from under 7’s all the way through to adults. Jon Anderson, Committee member responsible for funding explained “we have 250 players across the team spectrum, who currently play in a number of different leagues including The Chad, Rowsley, Derbyshire Ladies League and Sheffield & District Junior League, the largest league in Europe.

“We also run a Saturday morning development club for boys and girls from 4 years old. Over 40 children regularly attend from all ethnic and social backgrounds and we are able to offer games and coaching in a safe and friendly environment. Most of the sessions are based on FA FUNdamental principles, i.e. letting the kids have fun whilst learning. We have mixed boys and girls teams right up to under 13’s. As part of our Community Standard application we are hoping to start more girls teams in the forthcoming 2014-15 season. We have 20 qualified coaches and staff and encourage children to learn to play, but also encourage the social interaction.”

The Newbold site is 7 acres; a mixture of grass and parking and some very basic facilities. The club is keen to improve the facilities and expand to get even more people involved. But providing this safe pleasant environment requires development and some new facilities, which, of course, costs money.

At the moment equipment is stored in containers, the only welfare facility is an on-hire port-a-loo and hot drinks are served by a volunteer from another container, powered by a generator with water brought in by one of the helpers.

“We’ve also had problems on the site with drug users and dog walkers leaving mess behind, but recently received £35,000 funding from a TV program and were able to pay for a 6ft metal fence to the perimeter which has solved that problem”.

The next priority is to build a clubhouse, at a cost of approximately £230,000. John explained “we’ve been given the go ahead by DCC for a single storey clubhouse which will include male and female changing rooms, showers and a separate facility for match officials, a kitchen and toilet facilities and a meeting room. It means the clubhouse will be able to host coaching courses, community activities and host private events”.

At the moment they’re in the early stages of obtaining funding and are looking at a wide variety of potential sources.

“We met the FA recently and they are considering our funding request against other applications, they were extremely positive but we won’t have a decision from them until November. We’ve applied for £50,000 from Sport England, £20,000 from Lafarge/Tarmac, we are in the process of applying to Biffa and Veolia as we qualify for funding on the landfill scheme and as David Wilson Homes have acquired the land next to the Newbold site we will look for funding from them via Section 106.”

The second development they are working to progress is to remedy the poorly draining pitches – as John explained “the pitches are on a blue clay base which drains poorly. With funding we hope to re-lay the pitches so we don’t have to postpone so many matches – we weren’t able to play for 6 weeks during the recent wet weather. We have a volunteer groundsman who does a great job and spends many an hour trying to get the pitches in tip top shape, but he can only do so much with the facility as it is.”

To the rear of the ground there is an old tennis court which is used by our netball team for training, but the fencing here is poor and there is no lighting.

So they are seeking to install a 60m by 40m artificial all weather pitch (3G) which is fenced and floodlit. “It would be a massive step forward for the club if all teams could train in one place, currently our teams pay over £20 per hour to train on other facilities.”

This has to be phase two of the plan, as without a clubhouse and facilities they wouldn’t be able to hire out the all-weather pitch to other local football teams and schools, and they need that to help with the ongoing funding of the facility.

Community involvement and support is also key to such an ambitious project and the club are looking for your support and any help with funding large or small, or ideas you may have.

If you can support the club and would be interested in aligning your business with this successful club there are opportunities for:

Whole club kit items sponsorship.
Eg: home kit/away kit/tracksuits/jackets/water bottles etc.

Ground sponsorship

Team sponsorship

Board advertisements are to be placed in and around the ground – with a footfall of over 10,000 people per year in season, which will increase significantly if the improvements go ahead, for £250 a year you could have your business name surrounding the pitches.

Of course if you’re interested in investing and being the main sponsor of the work, they would equally love to hear from you.

If you are looking for an exciting way to give back to the community and receive some promotion, Jon Anderson would be pleased to hear from you.

Jon Anderson
Unit 16
Callywhite Lane
Dronfield S18 2XP

Call: 0797 117 7957