Dorking Rugby Club has been a thriving part of the Brockham community since 1972. Not only do we field 24 teams with players from under 5 to over 70, playing a major role in local recreation, health and social opportunities; but are now also home to many sports and special interest groups and activities in the area including yoga, football, volleyball tournaments, cross-country championships, morris dancing, the Jingle Jog and art classes.
We want to enhance the future of the club’s success for our members and people in the local area, and that’s why we’re committed to ongoing investment in the clubhouse and grounds.
The Club is currently working through an innovative 5-year development plan for improvements to the existing clubhouse to support a growing focus on physical fitness, health and nutrition, with a key emphasis on improving opportunities for girls in rugby; and we want to let you know exactly what we’re planning so that you can be a part of it too. At Dorking RFC, we believe that community comes first.
Commitment to player and community wellbeing and injury prevention is at the root of our plans for the new Rehabilitation and Medical Centre. This development is a central component of our overall plans. The Centre will be an integral part of the Club and there will essentially be three elements to the building:
- Medical centre
This will be staffed by a team of physios and medical specialists to support the 700 playing members of all ages. There will be a particular emphasis on HIA (Head Injury Assessments), prevention and treatment.
- A robust Gym
The gym will be welcoming, fully accessible and support education in health to include nutrition and fitness. There will be sufficient equipment to enable fitness and strengthening to be performed under supervision to a high order. The gym will be at the heart of our injury prevention and rehabilitation objective.
- Expansion and improvement of the facilities
This will ensure a more integrated sports facility that can provide the Club’s needs for the next five years.
Other additions and changes that are incorporated into the development include:
- Breakout and social area
- Fitness training area
- Administration area
- Relocated servery with external serving window
- Viewing balcony, accessible for all
- Entrance canopies
All of these changes, in addition to giving better, safer and more supportive facilities to a club that is widely recognised in Surrey, will also mean that those wider local community activities that are currently hosted at the Club will benefit from these facilities and will be housed in much more amenable, comfortable surroundings, and it will be a wonderful location for social events, bringing benefits to everyone.
It’s important to us, that our members and local residents are fully aware of our plans. The plan is to start the work once we are fully funded, and our dedication to fund-raising efforts continue both within the club community and with external sources. We welcome discussions with anyone who may have any concerns, and will want to assure everyone that we will fully respect the importance of the site and the long views of the clubhouse and facilities from the surrounding landscape. We want to improve the setting of the building and the surrounding landscape, so that it can be enjoyed by everyone and continue to bring strong community benefits. We aim to work with the National Trust to achieve this objective.
We’ll be posting FAQs as they happen, so check back for updates…
Q. Will the gym be available for use by non-players?
A. All eligible members will be able to utilise the gym facilities.
Q. How will the developments affect the landscape?
A. We want to improve the setting of the clubhouse, so rest assured that we will fully respect the importance of the site, views and surrounding landscape. We aim to work with the National Trust to achieve this.