Swans Legend Alan Curtis excited by Go Underhill

Swans Legend Alan Curtis excited by Go Underhill

Honorary Club President of Swansea City FC and former Wales international footballer, Alan Curtis, has shared his excitement about the positive impact the Go Underhill development will have.

Alan, who lives locally, has been a part of the Swans for more than 40 years, initially as a player and later in community, coaching and management roles. Through his commitment to football and the Swans he has become known as ‘The Legend’.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Alan on being appointed MBE in 2021 New Year Honours

Speaking about Go Underhill, Alan said:

“What a wonderful initiative the new development for Underhill Park is, and what a great boost for the whole of Mumbles.


“Mumbles Community Association are doing tremendous work on Go Underhill and everyone locally should be really excited about this new scheme.


“I had the pleasure of playing for Mumbles Rangers later in my career, as did my sons and hopefully as will my grandchildren. But the development is not just for all aspiring footballers, it will be a benefit for any sportsperson and everyone living in the surrounding area.


“I am really looking forward to the floodlit astro pitch which will give the younger and older players an environment to enjoy and in which they can prosper. All this added to the new community café area where families can sit and enjoy the facilities on offer makes a great package.


“Mumbles Rangers has always been an institution in the village and beyond and this initiative will continue that tradition.”

Chair of MCA, Simon Tse

“Having support from such a Swans legend is brilliant for Go Underhill. Alan has played an important part in sporting life in Swansea for many years and his passion for football at every level is evident. We are very grateful to Alan for his endorsement of our work and words of support for the whole development.”

Image of Alan Curtis © Swansea City FC


Go Underhill attracts significant donation

Go Underhill attracts significant donation

A businessman living in the local area has come forward with a generous donation of £10k towards the Go Underhill development.

Whilst wishing to remain anonymous, the individual has made the donation as a local resident who values what Underhill Park has to offer and wants to see the development of new and improved facilities taking place, for the benefit of everyone in the community.

Significantly, the money has been given to the scheme with no conditions on where it must be spent. This gives the MCA Trustees the ability to use the funding where it is most needed. This could be towards the new All Weather Pitch, the new changing rooms or new play facilities and landscaping around the Community Hub and Café, which will be built using the £490k awarded by The National Lottery Communities Fund.

The donation has already been given, in anticipation of work starting on the first elements of the development, which MCA hope will be in Spring 2021, and there is potential for additional donations from the same individual in future years.

Chair of MCA, Simon Tse, said:

We are enormously grateful to this individual for the generous contribution he has made to the Go Underhill development. It’s easy for people to say that they want to see things happen, but it takes someone special to go the extra mile and do something about it.


Without people stepping up to make the project happen, whether by making a donation like this person, raising funds, sponsoring the development or giving their time free of charge, we won’t be able to deliver the plans the community want to see happen.


We are extremely grateful to all those who have supported us to date and helped us get within touching distance of making the plans a reality. As we move closer to getting the building work started, we hope that more individuals and businesses will decide that they want to be involved in helping us deliver this game-changing project for the community.

If you are prepared to play a part in the Go Underhill development, please get in touch.

£5,000 from Dawsons Estate Agents for Go Underhill

£5,000 from Dawsons Estate Agents for Go Underhill

Swansea’s largest Independent Estate Agent, Dawsons, has stepped forward with £5,000 to support the Go Underhill developments.

The company, which has a sales & rental branch in Mumbles and 12 other major branches stretching from Swansea to Llanelli, is a regular supporter of local good causes and has decided to get behind the plans for Underhill Park.

Dawsons’ Senior Partner, Chris Hope, said:

“As a company, we think it’s important to play a part in positive developments which will benefit the communities we serve, and never more so than during the current difficult times.


“The plans for transforming Underhill Park are ambitious and broad reaching, and Mumbles Community Association, the charity behind it, are making huge strides forwards. As a company which is very much part of the local community, Dawsons want to do our bit to help get all the new facilities delivered.”

The announcement comes on the back of the news that MCA has secured almost £490k for a new Community Hub & Café, which will sit at the heart of the development plans. The Phase 1 plans also include replacing the dilapidated sports changing rooms, used throughout the year by Mumbles Rangers football club and Mumbles Rugby Club, refurbishing the existing Pavilion, providing new public toilets, and developing a new, floodlit, all-weather pitch.

As well as giving money to the project, Dawsons are also helping Mumbles Community Association (MCA) in other ways, in particular with getting the message out to other local businesses and encouraging them to get on board with the project.

Chris continued:

“Dawsons have sponsored Mumbles Rugby Club’s annual Cracker 7’s tournament since its inception, so we know what a difference money from local companies can make. It’s rewarding to see our funding used to support initiatives which help everyone, and in particular young people, to play and enjoy sport. It’s important for the health and well-being of the community and also makes good sense for our business. These are existing and future customers for us.”

Chair of MCA, Simon Tse, said:

“We’re delighted that Dawsons have come forward with funding and support for Go Underhill. This is another step forward in helping us get over the line and raise the rest of the money we need.

“We hope that more local businesses will join Dawsons, and Joe’s Ice Cream, in putting money into enabling MCA to deliver these transformational plans for Underhill.”

Dawsons was created some 30 years ago from a company that started in the 1970’s. Today, with around 130 staff working within 15 branches/departments stretching from Neath valley, through Swansea and Llanelli to Carmarthen, Dawsons are truly ‘All things Property’.

In 2020 Dawsons were recognised by an independent industry panel as being within the Top 5% of estate agents throughout the UK, based on ‘marketing, results and customer satisfaction’.

Renowned for being Swansea’s leading sales, rental and auction agent, Dawsons also specialize in surveys, commercial sales, and property management.  They have Swansea’s only dedicated Land & New Homes department.

Whilst a bold statement, no estate agent plays a bigger part in championing and becoming actively involved in local communities, supporting local schools and citywide events like ‘Swansea Air Show’, along with beloved charity events such as Mumbles’ annual Cracker 7’s rugby festival.


Fantastic £490k Lottery award for Underhill Park

Fantastic £490k Lottery award for Underhill Park

Celebrations are taking place following the exciting news that Mumbles Community Association (MCA) has been awarded almost £490k by The National Lottery Communities Fund for the development of Underhill Park.

The money will pay for a new Community Hub & Café, which will be built in the centre of the Park, next to the existing Pavilion and close to the children’s play area.

As well as the building of the new Community Hub and Café, the funding from The National Lottery Communities Fund will also pay for the employment of a Community Development Co-ordinator for a period of 3 years.  The Co-ordinator will be appointed before the new Hub opens and will work with community groups, health providers, schools and local people to create a programme of activities that people want.
MCA’s goal is to use the new Hub and programme of activities to help reduce social isolation, support health and well-being, and increase the opportunities for the whole community. Chair of MCA, Simon Tse, said:

“We are thrilled that our grant application to The National Lottery Communities Fund has been successful. To be awarded the full amount we requested demonstrates the value of the proposals we put forward.   “The new Hub will be a tremendous asset for the people of Mumbles, and we will be working hard to ensure that it offers a lively and varied activity programme which provides something for everyone.   “We are hugely grateful to the National Lottery Communities Fund for their support and would also thank everyone who buys National Lottery tickets. Without you, we wouldn’t have this funding.”

The Community Hub & Café sits at the heart of MCA’s wider proposals for Underhill Park which, in Phase 1, also include replacing the existing sports changing rooms, new public toilets in a refurbished Pavilion, and a new floodlit all-weather pitch.
Support for the wider scheme has already been forthcoming from Mumbles Community Council who, in May, stated their full commitment to making it happen, because of the big difference the development will make to the local community. Chair of the Council, Cllr Dr Martin O’Neil, said:

“Underhill Parks sits in the heart of our community and as such is a central asset for all community members. Mumbles Community Council is committed to preserving such facilities as this, but we also aim to work with the wider community to ensure that it best serves the needs of local people and visitors.   “It is fantastic news that MCA have been successful in securing their grant from the National Lottery and MCC will continue to work in close partnership with MCA in order that we achieve the wider long terms plans for the park.   “It is great to see so many people in the community coming together in support of the plans for Underhill and I am sure that before too long this communal effort will result in real improvements to the facilities there”

Valuable and much appreciated funding has already been given to the project by local favourite, Joe’s Ice Cream, who have contributed £10k, and Mumbles Old People’s Welfare Association, who last year donated just over £9k to Go Underhill when they had to close their doors. With planning permission for the build having been awarded in November 2019, the scheme is now powering ahead. Detailed designs are being worked on so that tender documents can be issued with a view to starting building work in spring 2021.

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Paul Thorburn gives his support to Go Underhill

Paul Thorburn gives his support to Go Underhill

Former Wales rugby captain, Paul Thorburn, who is now business development consultant working is South Wales, has expressed his support for the Go Underhill development.

Paul and his family have longstanding connections with the Park: as a player, as a parent and as a local resident.

Speaking about his links with Underhill Park and his reasons for supporting the development, Paul said:

“I am delighted to be giving my support to the Go Underhill development, as the venue has played such an important part in my family’s life, not just for me, but also for my brother and our families.


“My first experience of visiting Underhill Park was as a fresh faced 18 year old, just out of school, when in 1981, along with my older brother Andy, we played for South Gower RFC against Mumbles 2nd XV.


“Although I cannot recall the actual outcome of the game, it marked the start of what became many visits to the facility, either as players, or as parents standing on the touchline cheering on our kids.

“During my own playing career, I also played at the ground for Neath RFC team in 1987, to celebrate Mumbles RFC’s centenary year, another keenly contested fixture. I have, on many occasions, enjoyed the festival atmosphere of the Cracker 7’s weekend and watched the occasional cricket match as well.

Match programme kept by Simon Evans, Chair of Mumbles RFC

“What may come as a surprise to many is that my parental touchline encounters were not in support of my son or daughter on the rugby pitch, but in fact it was as they progressed up the soccer tree for Mumbles Rangers, a sport that gave them, and us as parents, so many enjoyable moments and created friendships that have stayed with us.


“Regardless of which sport, facilities like Underhill Park did and must continue to play a pivotal role in the shaping of people’s lives, so we need to ensure that they are fit for purpose and provide the necessary facilities for future generations to enjoy and use.


“In addition to the enjoyment of the sporting encounters, when living just above the Park on Southward Lane, it provided the ideal location for fitness training and also many early morning dog walks. So, like many families in the locality, Underhill Park has played an integral part in shaping lives and has provided the ideal backdrop for sporting and leisure activities, regardless of ability and interest.”

Chair of Mumbles Community Association, Simon Tse, said:

“We’re delighted that Paul has come forward to express his support for Go Underhill and it’s great to hear about the role the Park has played for him and his family over many years. Although we know the Park is much loved and well used, stories from people like Paul, who have played an important role in Welsh sport, really bring that home.


“Support for the Go Underhill development is really coming together now and we’re confident that we will be putting these plans into action before too long. It will be fantastic to see the improved facilities there, ensuring a great future for existing users and creating new opportunities which the whole community can enjoy.”