At Oakmere we are continually striving to improve the facilities provided to our members, both on and off the pitch. We work on a five year cycle for producing a formal development plan with the current plan due to expire at the end of 2016. Within that framework we maintain a regularly updated action plan to monitor progress towards the overall goals, and capture new ideas.
Our Current priority action areas are:
- Development of Advertising & Sponsorship opportunities and the community use of our facilities
- Continuing improvement of our Player Coaching & Development
- Maintaining and improving the quality of our pitches
Our most recent projects have focussed on improvements to the equipment used to maintain the playing facilities and have thus been somewhat hidden from the majority of club members.
Pitch Spiking Machine
Following investigation of some problems with the root growth on the square in 2015, it was decided to purchase a spiking machine to enable the groundsman to aerate the square during the winter months. The purchase in autumn 2015 has enabled a lot of work to be carried out over the winter and we are optimistic that we will see the benefit in better pitches from this summer on.
In the winter of 2013-14 it was decided that the existing pitch roller was approaching the end of its useful life. After much research we decide to purchase a specialist roller of relatively new design from Swillington Rollers.
With the aid of sponsorship from Stone Management Group and the sale of the old roller we were able to take delivery of the new roller in time for the 2014 season.
The concentration on the playing facilities was made possible by completion of our previous major project, which focussed on the clubhouse, and has left us with a facility which is the envy of many clubs.
New Changing Rooms and Lounge Refurbishment
Carried out in 2012-13 with the aid of a grant from the Inspired Facilities Fund, an additional changing room was added on the East side of the clubhouse, replacing and extending an existing garage.
The extension now incorporates a large changing room with showers for visiting teams, an umpires’ room, disabled and players toilet facilities.
The existing two changing rooms were merged to form a large ‘home’ changing room with showers. The wall nearest the lounge was converted into folding doors, to enable the lounge to be extended for functions.
At the same time the removal of a corridor extended the central lounge and incorporated the entrance to the existing Gents toilets into the main room, providing completely separate facilities for players and spectators.
As a final touch the lounge was redecorated and re-carpeted and some additional chairs and tables purchased.
The Electronic Scoreboard was purchased with financial support from donations (assisted by Sportsmatch) and a grant from the local Council. It was installed in time for the 2011 season.