The Scottish Football Partnership has made an award to St. Cuthbert Wanderers F.C. to assist with the costs of upgrading their changing pavilion to meet National Club Licensing standards.
Richard Davis, Chairman of St. Cuthbert Wanderers F.C. said;
“In the close season, we undertook a huge renovation project on the changing facilities at St Mary’s Park. We basically removed all but the load bearing internal walls of our clubhouse and completely rebuilt the changing facilities for players and officials, as well as adding a medical room, disabled toilets and gents’ toilets. Both the home and away changing rooms have Scottish F.A. Licensing standard toilet and shower facilities as well as changing space for 22 players and coaches in each. The officials changing facilities also now have separate showers and toilets as well as adequate space to accommodate the full complement of match officials. For spectators, we added a toilet facility which allows access for disabled users as well as a gents’ toilet.”
“Our clubhouse was built originally in the early 1960’s and other than the addition of a kitchen and committee room in the 1980’s, it has remained largely untouched in the ensuing time. We really did have a huge task to bring the building up to the required standard and a standard in keeping with the other extensive work we have done on St Mary’s Park since the summer of 2013 which includes a covered spectator standing area, a 3G pitch with floodlighting and a 2 metre fence along one side of the ground. As things stand we are really very close to meeting all the necessary criteria and when we cast our minds back a little over a year, it is astonishing the huge leap forward that St Cuthbert Wanderers have made. The funding and assistance given to the club by The Scottish Football Partnership has been pivotal to that leap forward. Quite simply, without their help a Scottish F.A. Club Licence would be little more than a pipe dream. I think that sums up perfectly the extent of the work that The Scottish Football Partnership has done and continues to do for clubs at all levels of our game. The Partnership offers help and assistance to small clubs like ours with aspirations to be the best that we can be and offers that same help and assistance to the biggest clubs in the country and considers every application without prejudice and it’s incredibly reassuring to know that. Our club is extremely grateful for everything The Scottish Football Partnership has made possible for us.”