UPDATE APRIL 9 2021
Earlier this week the FC Nelson "Club Room' brain trust got together and discussed their next steps on they way to securing the much needed building consent (council) as well as securing the financial backing to turn this project from a club dream into a club reality.
It was a very productive meeting and some ideas are being developed over the next couple of weeks before they will be shared with the wider football community and beyond.
UPDATE MARCH 11 2021
The past three weeks were full of meetings with the key players in this projects - inluding our architect, our builder, the council staff, duty buiding officer, duty planner and so on.
Step by step we are ticking off items of the long list of things that need doing. It's a process... and we are working through it, full steam.
Our next step now is to start generating the necessary funds! Through funding, sponsorship, support, business partners, club room friends etc...
Watch this space!
We've only just started ;) .
UPDATE FEB 19 2021
We took our freshly "finalized" concept drawings into the council yesterday and had our first official meeting with 2 council members, who were eagerly listening to what we had to say. It's another step in the right direction on the journey to our clubrooms. We are now waiting for feedback from Scotts construction (building cost estimate) and the council staff, who are going to help us get the ticks we need in order to get this project into the long-term plan and hopefully across the line.
On another note - Now is the time for everyone to help out and chip in while we plan and organize the next steps.
Who is eager to get involved, help, donate, sponsor?
We need all the support and help (mentally and physically) we can get.
Get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help!
See the list of friends at the bottom of the page... Thanks for your support!
UPDATE FEB 15 2021
The next step has been done. The concept drawings have been finalized and below you can see how our FC Nelson Club rooms could look like if all goes according to plan.
This is a much more simple approach to the project than in previous years. The idea is to build a new building (changing rooms) behind the already existing Guppy Park changing room facility. Once this new facility is completed, the players and referees move into this new set of changing rooms. This would then allow us to gut the current changing facilities in order to turn them into our future club rooms. We feel this is a much more realistic, efficient, and cheap way of turning this club room dream into reality.
The concept drawing is now with Mark Johnston from Scott's construction who is working on a full scale estimate. We expect this next step to be completed by the end of the month. Stay tuned people...
A big thank you to Aaron Walton Architecture & Design who donated his time to us and worked on the concept drawings free of charge.
Aaron said: "This is a project not only for FC Nelson but the whole Nelson football community."
We couldn't agree more.
UPDATE FEB 5 2021.
The newest concept drawing uploaded below. Our architect is working on a detailed version. Estimates will be provided by Scott's construction when the detailed concept plan is finalized (Mid Feb). We've had our first meeting with a counselor to determine our next steps. We are currently working out a strategic plan in order to get the needed ticks from the council for this project.
For an aspirational club like ours, it is KEY to have clubrooms available to create and grow our fantastic club culture.
Over the past years, we've tried different ways to grow our club culture without having access to a hub for everyone to connect.
Through apparel, social media, our newsletter and more, we've tried hard to do our part to make everyone feel part of the FC Nelson Football Family.
We are proud of what we've achieved to date but over the past year, we've realized that it's basically impossible to reach our aspirational goals without having access to proper club rooms.
Therefore the club decided to take bolt actions in 2021 to realize the dream of finally having our own clubrooms. Over the coming months, you will see more and more footage of the "Club room project". Our aim is to move into a new club room facility by February 2022. It will take the whole club to get behind this and help, support and fundraise where possible.
Now is the time to unite behind this fantastic project and GET IT DONE!
Keep an eye out for more exciting news to come out around our club room project!
Some concept drawings of how our clubrooms may look like... Let's do it!
If you want to support the club with this major project please get in touch with our project manager Tj.
Club Room Friends...