Awarded £55,000 from the Pride fund to level and resurface the car park
Telford Hornets is a major sports club in Telford and Wrekin. Founded in 1951, the popular club has around 500 members with four senior and 10 junior teams. In July 2015, the club hosted a huge international rugby tournament for people with learning disabilities, which attracted dozens of teams and hundreds of youngsters from all over the UK.
What was needed
The club is raising funds to improve the social area of the clubhouse, but the issue they had was the state of the car park which gave a very poor first impression of the club before people even stepped through the door. Despite a continuous programme of repairs over the years, the car park was in a bad state and strewn with potholes that looked awful.
What has been achieved
The Pride funding has meant the club has been able to completely level and resurface the car park, making for a more fitting, warmer and safer welcome to people visiting the club. Properly marked parking bays have also increased capacity and created allocated parking for visitors with disabilities and young children.
Club Director Rob McGuire said “As a major sports club we wanted to create the best impression for our members, visiting teams and any important visiting dignitaries. As well as players and visitors, other clubs and groups use the facility, including Telford and District Rounders, Wrekin Runners and various schools. As the club isn’t on a transport route, everyone has to come by car or bike.
“The car park is now significantly safer for everyone and much easier for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. The improved parking has also made it easier for us to encourage more sporting and community groups to use the facilities on offer.”