Sunday’s Well RFC are hoping that the construction of their new gym beside in Musgrave Park will emulate the one liner from that iconic movie, Field of Dreams. Not content with where they are right now in the All Ireland League, they will be looking to push on in 2021 and their planning off the field has been very important.
Previously players have had to pile into a small shed in the club to train but that is now a thing of the past and club Director of Rugby Denis Corridan thinks the club will see dividends from investing in the gym over the coming years.
“It’s something that is important for the young fellas and something that we have been planning for a while as it’s needed,” says Corridan.
What makes the new gym building even more noteworthy is the fact that a lot of the planning and technical work was carried out on a voluntary basis by club members.
“There’s a lot of work gone on in the background with the lads involved in the club. We’d have to give particular praise to Tim Murphy (of Murphy McCarthy Consulting Engineers), a long term club member who was the engineer involved. He did a phenomenal amount of work and he was up here every week during the build along with his colleague, Diarmuid O’Meara.
“A dedicated committee spearheaded by Philip Collins, Diarmaid Hallissey, Liam Maher and Seán Loftus also put a huge amount of time and energy into it as well. There were a large amount of lads that are either players or committee members who put a lot of their spare time into it for free and I suppose that says a lot about the spirit that is within the club.” “Those in the club who aren’t involved in the building side of the gym have now put their time and effort into raising money for the cost of completing the building and fitting out the new gym. That is a club-wide effort and Michael Powell of MPS Solicitors who is current Club Chairman and a lifelong club stalwart is co-ordinating this for the club” says Corridan.
“We have started doing a huge amount of fundraising and obviously a government grant as well has made a significant contribution. Players are looking forward to getting up and going in there and it will create a professional feel in the club.” added Corridan.
The club is appealing to its Alumni, the rugby community and wider diaspora to give financial support to this project. It has been particularly challenging to fundraise in these COVID-19 times and that has already led to delays to the project timeline.
If you want to support this initiative in any way, you can go to their Gofundme page to donate at https://ie.gofundme.com/f/build-a-future-for-The-Well. In addition, you can email email@example.com for any bespoke sponsorship opportunities and the club would be delighted to have an opportunity to discuss in more detail.