Millom ARLC is the oldest amateur rugby league club in the world, founded in 1873. The club is steeped in this isolated community’s history.
The whole facility hosts Millom Rugby, Millom Football Club, Millom Fight Club (the Flexible Ninja’s) and the community gym, alongside many events held in the clubhouse. Often over 1,000 people visiting during the playing seasons.
Although the facilities are very well used and supported by a wide range of people from the community on a weekly basis, the car park was in a very poor state and discouraged attendance. Many visitors to the site appreciated work done to date and regularly commented on the excellent amenities available however it was the dangerous access and lack of accessible safe parking that reared its ugly head time and time again.
Millom ARLC estimated that this area of the facility cost the club in excess of £4,000 in scrapeing, re-filling during 2015-2016.
Millom ARLC decided that the best value option was to undertake a huge fundraising initiative and apply for funding to ensure the access to the facility was the best it could be to keep current users and generate new users, promoting a sustainable future income.
David Warren, Secretary and Project Lead, said “the upgrading of the parking area has had a major impact and facility users can now enter the premises for events and activities without risk to life and limb! The feedback has been fantastic and the difference it has made is unbelievable. The help and support from the CCF team was superb and their assistance was greatly valued.”
Other funding from: CGP, CASC, MRLFC own funds and RFL.