SUNDAY'S WELL RFC are hoping that the construction of their new gym beside 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 MurMac Consulting Engineers), a 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 Sean Loftus also put a huge amount of time and energy into it as well.
"There were a huge 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 clubs who weren’t involved in the building side of the gym put time and effort into raising money for the cost of building and fitting out the new gym. That was a club-wide effort 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’s creating a professional feel in the club. Department of Sports Capital Grants gave us a grant for the building as well,” added Corridan.
The club is appealing to its Alumni 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 happy to discuss in more detail.