• Ryan Sheehan

Facilities Upgrade

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

Despite there being no football, it's been non-stop action here at the Rivermoor as we get the hub of the community ready for when it's safe to re-open.

Our Treasurer and Facilities Manager, Victoria Pyke, has been busy coordinating the refurbishment of the Rivermoor over the past few months. Since December Victoria has been working hard to improve the facilities here at the Rivermoor so that we can have a home to be proud of for years to come.

As you'll probably recall in December we announced the first stage of our refurbishment with the deep cleaning and extension of our kitchen meaning we have more space to prepare hot food and drink on matchdays, our food and drink is very reasonably priced and contactless payment is available.

Kitchen area extension

The next stage of our refurbishment took place earlier this year with all the adverse weather we had in February cancelling games we used the time to refurbish the Crossbar and toilets as well as having the clubhouse painted.

Clubhouse refurbishment

Since lockdown commenced in March we have really been able to push on with our refurbishment project and noticeable changes have been made around the Rivermoor, we've seen the club's boardroom refurbished giving our directors and officials a modernised area to work in.

Boardroom refurbished

We'd like to thank Dan Linger who is a parent of one of our U9 players for supplying the new board room flooring and to Max Maxwell and his company J@Maxwell Ltd for their donation which helped with the flooring costs, we also received a donation from Max in May 2019, which helped cover the costs of our toilet refurbishment.

Boardroom refurbished

Outside of the clubhouse, we've repaired the veranda roof and replaced a few of the support beams and relocated the upright metal support joists to make it more secure, we've also spruced the exterior of the clubhouse up by painting roof beams on the veranda, cleaned guttering, jet washed the exterior walls and flooring, put up new bar signs and built a new wooden outside bar.

We'd like to say a massive thank you to Russell Ayres, who manages our Under 9s. Since lockdown began Russell has devoted a day a week for 8 weeks and has helped keep us all motivated to achieve a project, each week. Russell worked with Chairman, Martin Law to repair the veranda roof and relocate the support beams to ensure it's secure for many years to come. Russell also replaced a rotten beam on our veranda with a new one.

We'd also like to thank Under 14s Manager, John Turner, for building our outside bar for us, this was built out of pallets and scaffolding boards.

This was built during one of our Covid-19 compliant training sessions being held at the Rivermoor for our youngsters.

New outside bar.

We have also been sprucing up the pitchside areas by repainting all the perimeter walls white so to make the ground look more presentable to our visitors, we'd like to thank the volunteers who gave up some of their Saturday, to help us paint the walls earlier today.

Painting of pitch side walls

The largest part of our upgrade has probably been the groundworks, that have been taking place to our hallowed turf and car park. Following a successful bid, the club received a grant from the Pitch Preparation Fund which has allowed us to re-seed the pitch and have it treated with weed killer, we will also shortly be adding sand to the pitch to ensure it's in great condition for when football can safely return. More on this story here

Seed drilling taking place

In the car park, we have had the drainage sorted so that water drains away. Being so close to the River this can often be a problem in the wetter months. We are also having the surface relayed to give our visitors a better experience.

Keep an eye on our website and social media feeds for more information on our facilities upgrade.

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