Development Update: October 2018

Since our AGM we have continued to look at potential longer term development opportunities for the club. To help make progress in forming a full development Committee I have been joined by Jimmy Hendley- Life VP and Managing Partner of Henry Riley and Mike Vos a VP who is a lawyer working in the Development area. Currently I will continue to project manage this area.
Further expertise will be added to the Development team as things progress and we as a club determine which option route to take. Development of our 4th team pitch remains an option as does the land swap route if an option to purchase suitable land can be delivered. In addition we are also looking at the stay at St Marks option if no big development option proves acceptable or deliverable. This would mean further improvement of pitch drainage, extension of the top of the clubhouse- plans have been revisited- additional car parking facilities- currently being investigated by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council who are drawing up plans and looking at costs-  and also looking for additional space both within and outside the current boundaries of the grounds.
In the last two weeks, the 2nd team pitch has been verti-drained and sanded for the second time this year and has now had 120 tonnes of sand applied over the April- October period. The last of these maintenance works being paid for at a cost of £4K by Kent County RFU.
These potential development routes take time to investigate thoroughly and will require a range of professional advice should one particular option be approved after consultation with the membership. We will continue to update you from time to time as things progress.

Roger Clarke
President TWRFC

Club Development Update- July

As we discussed at the AGM, the club has received a number of proposals for ongoing development.  The timing is great… the first team is flourishing following two recent promotions, and the youth section continue to grow (nearing St Mark’s capacity).  We have both the opportunity and need for strategic development.

All of the options presented have merits.  Prior to and at the AGM  we committed to fully explore the viability of all of them and we continue to do so.  At this point we haven’t ruled any of the options out.

In considering the options, we are focusing on the the long term needs of all sections of the club. Any plan has to work for the entire club – U6s through to 1st XV.  Within this structure are several groups which all have slightly different needs.

During the AGM we stated that we intend to explore all ideas prior to committing and this remains the case, at this point no option has been rejected.  Some options were significantly more advanced than others and in order to better understand the choices available, we are working with potential partners to further expand and explore the viability of other options (in particular Option 2- Land Swap).  We anticipate firming this up as soon as we can at which point we will build a team from those who have very kindly offered their expert skills and experience prior to consulting with the Club on all viable options.

Strategically we have the option to:

  1. Sell 4th team pitch and use the money generated to improve club facilities
  2. Sell our portion of St. Marks (Or all of it in conjunction with TWBC should they wish to partner with us) and relocate TWRFC to an alternative locality in the Tun Wells area
  3. Redevelop existing facilities in -situ

These broadly align to the options outlined at the time of the AGM, but we need to be careful to not mix our strategic choice, with the choice of partner. We need to both decide which option best meets the needs of the club and also to decide our approach for delivery, and what advisers and partners we will use.

Roger Clarke- President.