Glimmer of hope for Matson Rugby Club in £70,000 roof appeal
MATSON Rugby Football Club has been offered a glimmer of hope in its battle to stay open.
If urgent repairs aren't carried out to the leaky clubhouse roof soon then the 60 year-old club will be forced to close.
Club finances rely heavily on bar sales and the venue being let out for various private functions, but this income stream has fallen away because of an ever-worsening roof leak.
It is estimated that around £70,000 is needed to replace the roof.
Gents, come in to Earl's & Co and enjoy a haircut and finish, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £18.50
Terms: Later and earlier appointments available upon request
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
However, following an appeal in the Citizen at the start of the month Allstone Sand and Gravel have stepped forward offering their help.
The company, which supplies skips and transports waste, has offered to remove all discarded roofing materials from site free of charge when work commences.
This will save the club over £2,000.
Simon Ford, Allstone's managing director, said: "Over many years I have seen the excellent work done by the club's staff and members in coaching young players and bringing them on through the various divisions.
"I want to enable the club to expand its activities, by offering veteran and additional junior teams, and a renovated clubhouse and changing area is the first step."
Matson RFC was the first in the county to achieve Rugby Football Union accreditation confirming it complies with all the code's laws. This included shelling out around £7,000 to change its baths to showers.
But that all could have been for nothing if more help, like what is being offered from Allstone, isn't found soon.
Stephen Freeman, club president, said: "Allstone's offer goes a long way towards our target of replacing the roof and the club hopes that other local businesses may follow suit with offers of materials, scaffolding or whatever else may be needed.
"We are hoping that a meeting with RFU officials later this month will result in that body supporting our fresh application to Sport England for finance to complete the works."
Over the past decade club volunteers have patched up holes where it has been leaking, but a completely new roof is needed otherwise the club will cease to exist.
Phil Joiner, club treasurer, added: "It is fantastic that a local company like Allstone has come forward to offer their support. If we could get a few more that would be great.
"We have got a meeting with the RFU next Wednesday after they saw the article in the paper. Hopefully some good will come of that.
"We are doing our best to save this club. We cater for a lot of youngsters and without the club a lot of them would be on the street with nothing to do. We offer them a controlled environment."
Anyone wishing to support this cause is invited to contact Phil on 07956 815588.