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.”

Mumbles Rangers Football Club make improvements for the future

Mumbles Rangers Football Club make improvements for the future

Mumbles Rangers FC are preparing for a strong future for the club by making improvements to their main pitch, in front of their club house in Underhill Park.

The improvements will come from feeding, weeding and lifting the pitch to encourage grass growth as well as levelling some key areas of the pitch. To meet with the playing ambitions of the club’s senior team, semi-permanent barriers and dugouts will be installed pitch-side. These will be moveable to accommodate the general park use and cricket season.

In order to be ready in time for the new season, the area around the pitch has already been cordoned off and work has begun.

Mumbles Rangers FC is aiming to build a home fortress and to provide the entire club with a quality pitch on which to play important games during the season. It is hoped that the improved pitch, combined with the club’s 1st team (pictured) entering the new West Wales Premier League next season, will provide a pathway for the entire junior section, encouraging them to aspire to play for the senior team in the future.

The club are also hoping that the general community will come along and enjoy watching good quality sport on the weekends. Teas and coffees together with snacks will be available from the club and new bespoke merchandise will be available, with a new leisurewear catalogue launching at the start of the new season.

Chair of Mumbles Rangers, Mike Parkin, said:

“This is a very exciting time for the club future and this project would not have been possible without the funding provided by our vice presidents and we thank them very much.


“The vice presidents of our club contribute £20 a year into the VP fund and have done for many years. The money we collate from this fund goes towards the general maintenance of our facilities, including the ‘Billy Johns Clubhouse’, and provides security and a future for the club. We are very thankful to each and every vice president that has and is still contributing. We are always looking for more vice presidents and those interested are encouraged to contact our VP’s secretary, Fraser Gardner, on vp@mumblesrangers.co.uk. The donation is £20 per year and this goes a long way to helping the club and community.”

The Mumbles Rangers main pitch improvements will hopefully soon be followed by work starting on key elements of the stage 1 Go Underhill developments. These include new changing rooms for the sports pitches and new public toilets, both of which are being underwritten by Mumbles Community Council.

It is also hoped that a new community hub and café and a new all-weather pitch can be built on site, subject to additional grant funding being secured.

Major Boost for Go Underhill

Major Boost for Go Underhill

The Go-Underhill project, which will deliver brand new changing rooms and an all-weather pitch, has taken a huge step towards becoming a reality.

Mumbles Community Council (MCC) has decided to enter into a Community Partnership with Mumbles Community Association (MCA), the organisation driving forward the development of Underhill Park, to make sure that the much needed new facilities in the Park can get underway.

Under the Community Partnership agreement, MCA will continue to apply for funding from grants for sports and community facilities, as well as raising money from local businesses, park users and individuals, but MCC will underwrite any deficit in the funding needed, up to a maximum of £1.2m over the next three years.

The decision by MCC recognises that the development of facilities in Underhill Park is a key part of the Council’s community plan, which was developed following extensive analysis of local needs and consultation with the community. It will enable MCA to progress with firm timescales for getting the work done, with MCC playing a full part in delivering these much needed community facilities.

The new Chair of the Mumbles Community Council, Councillor Martin O’Neill said:

“The Council is fully committed to making this happen as we know that the development of Underhill Park will make a big difference to our local community.


“MCC has a number of exciting new plans for the area Including the skatepark and Langland tennis courts and in relation to taking the Underhill plan forward we will be asking for a meeting with Welsh Government Minister for Finance, Rebecca Evans MS, as well as the Football Association for Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union to see if we can consolidate funding streams.”

Under the Agreement, MCA will be supported to deliver many of the core elements of its Stage 1 plans for Underhill Park, including new changing rooms, improvements to the existing pavilion to provide new accessible public toilets, landscaping and, with other grant assistance, an all-weather pitch.

The agreement does not include support for the new community hub and café, which is currently subject to a National Lottery application.

MCA Chair Simon Tse said:

“This is a major break-through in the plans to make Underhill Park a core resource for the community, replacing the dilapidated buildings and bringing new facilities which local people want. We are thrilled that MCC have decided to get so fully behind the scheme, which is a real game changer.


“I would like to thank all those people who have freely given their time to help the charity get this far.”

MCA will now progress with appointing architects and engineers to prepare detailed plans and specifications so that tenders can be invited for work to begin on site.

Full details of the plans for Underhill Park can be seen under Plans & Progress and further information relating to MCC’s decision to enter into this partnership agreement can be found at: https://www.mumbles.gov.uk/