Donations bring buildings’ completion closer

Donations bring buildings’ completion closer

We are delighted to announce three new donations to Go Underhill, which together will bring the prospect of completing all of the changing rooms in Phase 1 a big step closer.

Former Mumbles RFC club member, Nick Hansard, has stepped forward to make a fantastic £5,000 donation to Go Underhill.

Nick, who started with Mumbles at U11s and finished as a 1st XV player, moved away many years ago but has many happy memories of his playing days with the club. His time with Mumbles RFC included the period when the club turned professional and current chair, Simon Evans, together with Mike Morgan, took over the team and coaching.

Speaking about his donation, Nick said:

“Mumbles RFC was a huge part of my life when I was living in the area. It was a great experience and I have many happy memories of playing for the club and going on away trips, including on tour to France.

 

“My dad, Chris Hansard, was also heavily involved in the club, and not just during my playing days. Although he has now sadly passed away, I know that he would definitely have been excited by and playing an active role in the Go Underhill development.

 

“I’ve made the donation in part as a thank you to Mumbles RFC for the fantastic memories, and in part as I know that’s what dad would have wanted. It’s brilliant to know that my donation will mean that the less good memories of the awful changing rooms will be a thing of the past for future generations!”

Mumbles RFC Chair, Simon Evans, said:

“I also have great memories of the time when Nick was playing for Mumbles, and of his dad, Chris, who was team manager for Mumbles 1st XV for several years whilst I was coach, so there are lots of stories that should probably only be shared over a pint of something cold in the clubhouse.

 

“The new facilities in Underhill Park are going to make a huge difference for all the players, coaches and volunteers who help make the experience memorable. So on behalf of everyone at the club and in the community, I would offer our grateful thanks to Nick for his donation to Go Underhill.”

In addition to donation from Nick, we are delighted to announce two more donations to Go Underhill.

Local Businessman Rob Davies

Rob Davies, a well-known local businessman who has been a major supporter of football, cricket and rugby in the Swansea area for many years, has made a £10,000 donation to the development. We are hugely grateful for his generous donation to Go Underhill and his continued support for local sports and the Mumbles community.

Surfside Cafés

Nigel Calcutt, owner of the much loved Surfside cafés at Langland, Caswell and Rotherslade, has stepped up to help Go Underhill, with a donation of £3,000 toward the development. Whilst an integral part of the local beachside scene, Nigel is keen to support Go Underhill which will provide more opportunities for young people and the community as a whole. On behalf of everyone, we would say a big ‘Thank you’ to Nigel.

MCA become members of Welsh Sports Association

MCA become members of Welsh Sports Association

Mumbles Community Association and been welcomed as a new member of the Welsh Sports Association (WSA).

WSA is the membership body for the sport and leisure industry in Wales, charged with the task of providing leadership, advocacy and a gateway to business & governance services for the sector.

As Full Members, MCA will be able to take advantage of the wide range of resources and business support offered by WSA. These include help and advice on matters such as Safeguarding, Insurance & Risk, and HR, as well as discounted training courses and DBS checks and the opportunity to join WSA live webinars and events.

Simon Tse, Chair of Mumbles Community Association, said:

“Whilst MCA is not just about sport, it is a large part of the life of Underhill Park, so joining the Welsh Sports Association and becoming a Member made complete sense to us.”

 

“Being able to access the support and opportunities available through WSA will be very helpful for us, particularly as we move beyond the planning and building stage and start to manage Underhill Park and the fantastic new facilities for our community.”

WSA Business Development Manager Tom Sharp, stated:

“The WSA is delighted to welcome Mumbles Community Association to its membership base.

 

“Our vision is to facilitate the prosperity of the sport and leisure sector in Wales – an objective clearly shared by MCA, evidenced by their work creating a welcoming and social environment in Underhill Park for the benefit and wellbeing of the surrounding community.

 

“The WSA looks forward to offering its resources and providing support to MCA and helping in their future work.”

Donation in memory of Mumbles RFC stalwart, Peter Hixson

Donation in memory of Mumbles RFC stalwart, Peter Hixson

Peter Hixson, a stalwart of Mumbles Rugby Club who is sadly no longer with us, will be remembered through the new developments in Underhill Park after his son, Rob Hixson, made a fantastic donation of £2,500 in Peter’s name.

A lifelong member of Mumbles RFC, Peter started out as a player, but continued his support for the club he loved long after his playing days, serving as committee member, vice chairman, Chairman, and President. Peter was hugely respected for the time he gave to rugby, not just within Mumbles RFC, but by everyone he came into contact with.

Peter started his playing days at Bonymaen Youth, as Mumbles did not have a youth section at the time. Wanting to follow in the footsteps of his father, Ivor, who had played for the club in 1930’s/40’s, he returned to Mumbles and to Underhill Park as soon as the opportunity arose.

In 1965/66 he donned the first team jersey, playing in a variety of positions from fullback through to outside half, but perhaps his most memorable game was in 1975/76, playing against the Scarlets in the Welsh Cup after a memorable win over Cross Keys in the previous round. Playing as one of the Mumbles RFC centres, Peter was one of those tasked with marking Wales legend Ray Gravell. He was reported to have spent the afternoon ‘defending heroically’, although sadly to no avail after the club fell to a heavy loss. This was made up for, to some extent, after Ray spent a lot of time in the clubhouse with Peter after the game, making sure he was all right.

Peter was passionate about encouraging and developing future talent in the game and, perhaps linked to the lack of opportunity in his younger days, in later years he gave his time to coaching youngsters at the Mumbles club, from under 12s to under 16’s.

Rob Hixson said:

“Dad was hugely passionate about rugby and about Mumbles RFC. He always had an eye on the future and was fully behind any plans which would improve training and playing facilities for everyone wanting to take part. He was involved in some of the earlier attempts to develop the park and thought the plans for Go Underhill would be a game changer. So, although he hasn’t lived to see the excitement of these plans being turned into a reality, I know that he would have wanted to do what he could to support them.

 

“To me, it seemed the right thing to do to make a donation in his name, so that dad could continue to be associated with the development of the sport he loved, in the Park where he spent so much of his time both playing and coaching rugby.”

Peter sadly passed away in 2018

Chair of MCA, Simon Tse, said:

“We are enormously grateful to Rob for making this donation in memory of his dad, Peter. He sounds like an amazing man who gave to Mumbles and Mumbles RFC over many years.

 

“It is both a pleasure and an honour to know that he was so supportive of the development of Underhill Park, and we look forward to ensuring many youngsters benefit from the new facilities we are bringing for local club players and the wider community.”

Mallard Chartered Surveyors donates to Go Underhill

Mallard Chartered Surveyors donates to Go Underhill

MCA Trustees are excited to be announcing the news that Mallards Chartered Surveyors has made a fantastic £6,500 donation to Go Underhill.

Mallard Chartered Surveyors assists individuals and companies with residential and commercial property matters, including surveys and valuations. Two of their directors, Jason Williams and Rhodri Poiner, were brought up in Bishopston and have spent many happy years working and socialising in Mumbles.

Speaking about Go Underhill, Jason Williams, said:

“We know what a difference the new facilities will make for people in Mumbles, particularly Rhodri as he is a coach for Mumbles Rangers. We are both fully behind Go Underhill and are making the donation as a way of doing our bit to contribute to this fantastic and urgently needed development.

 

“Mallard Chartered Surveyors has been trading in Chapel Street for exactly 10 years and as a business we have received enormous support from local people and businesses. This donation is a way for us to thank the community for their support over the last 10 years.”

The donation by Mallard Chartered Surveyors is part of a package of funding which has enabled MCA to award the contract for construction of the waterproof shell for changing rooms 5 & 6, an element which had to be omitted from the original contract due to cost increases.

Chair of MCA, Simon Tse, said:

“On behalf of the people of Mumbles, MCA is delighted to receive this £6,500 donation from Mallard Chartered Surveyors. It’s fantastic to have such support from businesses based in our community.

 

“We are still seeking funding to enable the fit out of the two extra changing rooms, and beyond that to deliver the much wanted all-weather pitch, but this donation is already making a big difference to what we will be able to deliver at Underhill Park over the coming months.”

Mallard Chartered Surveyors is an independent chartered surveyors and estate agency business, with offices in Mumbles, Llanelli and Ammanford.

The Mallard team actively assist both residential and commercial clients with all aspects of property sales, lettings and management, whilst their qualified team of chartered surveyors ensure that prospective buyers can purchase property and land with confidence.

The company is committed to providing a professional yet personal approach and offering an unparalleled understanding of the local market.

Centrus Communities teams up with Go Underhill

Centrus Communities teams up with Go Underhill

We are delighted to announce that Centrus Communities, the community support arm of a London based financial service group, has made a fantastic £15,000 donation to Go Underhill.

Centrus Communities is the vehicle through which Centrus Financial and its employees contribute to communities in a variety of ways, whether through donations, volunteering or pro bono support and advice to projects, charities and social enterprises.

The company’s co-founder and CEO, Phil Jenkins, is originally from Mumbles, and become aware of Go Underhill through his on-going links with the area and interest in what is happening locally. Knowing how long the community has been waiting for developments in Underhill to start, and wanting to do what he could to help, Phil not only brought the project to the Centrus Communities team but has also assisted MCA with reaching out to other Mumbles connections who now live elsewhere and helped with developing other ideas for raising the funds needed for the development.

Commenting on the support for Go Underhill, Phil said:

“Go Underhill is a fantastic project and I’m delighted that Centrus has been able to provide both financial support and advice on the fundraising process and to work with the great team of community volunteers bringing this project to life. Having played for both Mumbles Rangers and Mumbles Rugby club from a young age, Underhill Park holds very special memories for me.

 

“With friends and family in the area, I retain strong personal links with Mumbles and Centrus works with many social housing clients in South Wales, which makes it a great project for us to be involved with and our support underlines our commitment to delivering “Finance with Purpose”.

The donation by Centrus has already been committed to the Phase 1 building developments and is part of a package of funding which has enabled MCA to add the building of the waterproof shell for changing rooms 5 & 6 to the current construction contract with T.A.D. Builders.

Chair of MCA, Simon Tse, said:

“We are very grateful to Centrus, and to Phil, for this £15,000 donation. Both the funding itself and the assistance that is being given are making a real difference to MCA’s ability to deliver this longed for project for the community in Mumbles.

 

On behalf of the Trustees and the people of Mumbles, I would offer a huge ‘Thank you’.”

Centrus is an independent financial services group that provides advice & investment to the projects, companies & assets that matter to people, communities & the environment. Its work covers Housing and Real Estate, Energy and Utilities, Transportation and Education and Social Infrastructure sectors and it has a staff team with over 500 years combined experience, spanning banking, derivatives, debt capital markets, equity, & financing strategies.

Centrus Communities has been a key part of the company’s culture since its foundation in 2012, providing high impact, practical and fundraising support for inspiring charities. Its Communities activity reflects the company’s sectors of work, and it supports multiple projects with volunteering time, donations and professional input. The company also gives sustained support of 3 core charities, Single Homeless Project, WaterAid and Trees for Life.

Extra changing rooms are half way there!

Extra changing rooms are half way there!

Following a fantastic response from local businesses and community members, MCA is delighted to announce that the exterior construction of the two changing rooms which had to be excluded from the initial construction contract can now go ahead.

The significant cost increases which had occurred between the original costings in 2019 and tendering in 2021 meant that the contract signed with T.A.D. Builders Ltd in early January only included the foundations for changing rooms 5 & 6. Now, however, enough funding has become available to enable at least the building envelope to be constructed to create a weather-proof shell for these extra facilities.

With the contractors already on site and hard at work on the rest of the new facilities, adding the build of the two changing rooms to the existing T.A.D. contract is the most cost effective approach, as it can be done as part of the main construction work on site.

Chair of MCA, Simon Tse, said:

“MCA is delighted to announce that the support has come forward to enable us to construct the waterproof building shell for changing rooms 5 & 6. With the construction of the rest of the new facilities underway, people can see that the Go Underhill development is becoming a reality and have stepped up to the plate to help us do more than was possible at the start of the year.

 

“We are hugely grateful to the individuals and businesses who had already donated, including Joe’s Ice Cream, Dawsons, and Mumbles OAP Welfare Association, which has provided a base level of funding. And now with the additional donations we’ve received and some value engineering in the build, we have been able to take it a step further. This is very exciting news, and we will be announcing the names of those who have made donations to Go Underhill over the coming weeks.

 

“Whilst we still need to raise the money to fit out the changing rooms, this is such a positive step that we are convinced that we will get there and be able to fully complete all of the phase 1 buildings as part of the contract with T.A.D. Builders.

 

“With a fair wind, the whole of this stage of construction will be completed by the end of this year, which would be an incredible achievement.”

If you are able to donate, whether as a business or as an individual, have ideas to help with fundraising for the outstanding elements of the development, or want to get involved in Go Underhill in some other way, please do get in touch.