The objective is to create an environment where Cobham Sports serves a multitude of activities building upon the current sports of rugby, cricket and tennis but also providing an outlet for a community based approach to many forms of physical activity - from aerobics, to netball and weight training.
The former clubhouse was built in 1968 and had been a faithful servant to the CSA but was coming to the end of its useful life.
It had reached a point where the facilities are not appropriate for the aspirations of the Association members.
We needed a clubhouse that we could be proud of, with facilities that would provide Cobham Sports with an excellent platform for further growth and enjoyment of a variety of sports throughout the local community.
The new facility will of course need to be operated on a commercially sound footing and Board of Cobham Sports Association Limited (the holding company) are looking at a number of ways to ensure the commercial success of the venture from both public and private sector sources, let alone the existing Association membership.
The New Clubhouse
The new clubhouse has been created near the existing footprint and the structure has increased the available space by over 120% (from 3,800 sq ft to 8,500 sq ft) providing an excellent location for all sports and social activity.
The ground floor layout has six changing rooms with self contained shower area allowing for both male and female teams to change in privacy along with an area for match officials.
There is also be a 'club room' - a multi purpose area that might be used for a variety of activities - aerobics or weight training, meeting room or even a bar on occasion.
The first floor is a clean social area providing a substantial bar area supported by a kitchen and supplemented by a large open area that again might be used for a multitude of purposes; both social and sporting.
There is also be disabled access and toilet facilities with the building constructed to Sport England's high standards.