New Clubhouse project

New Clubhouse project

The picture shown is a concept - the future clubhouse might look completely different from this!


John Michalik
Mark Bastock
Phillip Cowen
Mike Grainger
Phillip Martin
Andy Forshaw
Becky Turner
Fiona Coope
Advice from Jon Shreeves

You are welcome to join the New Clubhouse Committee, especially if you have fundraising / events experience. Please contact the CEO.


  1. Specify and design clubhouse facilities required
  2. Investigate potential locations close to pitches
  3. Work with Oaklands Management to develop a shared resource; negotiate a long-term lease on clubhouse; re-negotiate long-term lease on pitches and parking
  4. Work with external funding sources
  5. Raise funds internally through various activities.


  • Funds from current housing development already allocated to replacement and refurbishment of educational facilities.
  • Plans for a pavilion to replace barn changing rooms.
  • Strong probability of further housing on site as part of St Albans plan will help fund ambitions to further develop facilities on campus.
  • These include more sports-related facilities including an Olympic running track as the college increases its long-term focus on sports as a major speciality area.


Various sources of funding potentially available:

  • Sport England
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • National Hockey Foundation
  • Hertfordshire Community Foundation
  • Sponsors / Partners

- Sport England’s Community Asset Fund is very competitive, with hundreds of applications currently in the pipeline. The maximum grant available to SAHC is £75k, increasing to £150k, if Oaklands College apply
- Most offer matching funds or single grants
- Sport England now require long-term lease (30 yrs+) on funded facilities
- Minimum 3-5 year application time-frame for major funds
- All of these bodies are currently prioritising their funding around Covid19-related support.

It may be possible to partner with Oaklands College to look elsewhere for sources of funding for sports-related facilities which will typically need to support multiple sports activities and have some kind of community focus.

There are many businesses and non-profit organisations which provide contributions towards sports facilities but most of these typically contribute amounts between £500 and £10,000.

Some clubs have been able to access loans at very low interest rates to fund new building works. This appears to be the likely way forward for many sports clubs in future.


  • General consensus is that the cost would be around £1million for a two-storey clubhouse with changing rooms on the ground floor.
  • Repeat of some activities used for pitch fundraising.
  • Get club members and parents involved.


  • Outline applications with external sources
  • Draft specification and design
  • Agree location and timing with Oaklands and negotiate lease arrangements
  • Plan internal fundraising
  • Unlikely to see facility complete until 2025 at earliest.