THE demolition of the Rangers clubhouse will begin in the next month, just a couple of weeks after the final home game on Saturday July 30th. That last match will be marked by a big celebration and past-players reunion to send the existing building off in style.
Chairman Shane Wilson said; “It is a huge moment for our club. We’ve had some great times in the old clubhouse but it’s now falling apart. We really need this new facility and we’re confident it’s going to secure our future for decades to come.”
Committee member Dave Tyrrell (Jnr) is overseeing the building project which will see the new clubhouse being open and ready for the start of the new season next March.
Dave said; “After the last match we have a couple of weeks to get the photos and framed shirts into storage and rip out the interior fittings before we can start to pull it down. The build will then take shape with a number of familiar faces at the club stepping in to play their part. We’re really pleased it’s going to be a clubhouse built by people with a history at Rangers and an affection for the club.”
The total build cost is expected to be around £315,000 and the coffers received a huge boost last month when we won a £38,000 grant from the waste recycling company Veolia. The club will still need to take out a mortgage to cover a funding shortfall of around £70,000 but the Committee believes it’s important to make the build happen now.
Shane Wilson said; “We’ve waited a long time for this moment and lots of people have worked hard to get here from Terry Flanagan, Mick Healy and Mick Swift in the early days through to all those who have raised money or made generous donations to the cause in the past year.”
“We do need to borrow that extra money to get the job done but we have the income to cover the cost of repayments and having a new building will mean we can use it a lot more aswell.”
The only part of the existing shell to survive will be the gym which was built a lot later than the rest of it. It’s being converted into two changing rooms so we’ll have four in total. The existing changing rooms and showers will be replaced as will the toilets in the clubhouse. A new disabled toilet will be added along with an office while the kitchen will be extended and the main clubhouse room will almost double in size. Patio doors on the front of the building will open out onto a flagged area where, weather permitting, you'll be able to enjoy a summer pint.
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Clubhouse build to begin within a month.