Meet some of The Friday Boys who help keep Uckfield Rugby Club’s grounds and clubhouse looking immaculate.
They are mentioned in a submission which, with the help of members of the public, could win the club a grant of between £10,000 and £25,000.
An Uckfield News story yesterday gave details of the rugby club bid put forward to the Aviva Community Fund which will boost more than 500 projects across the UK.
You can help Uckfield Rugby Club secure a grant by registering to vote and then logging in to use the ten votes you will be allocated.
The club desperately needs the money because while they are lucky to have dedicated volunteers who turn out every week throughout the year the machinery they use is old and they spend half their time repairing it.
Gordon said: “A club like this doesn’t run without volunteers and we are very fortunate to have had this Friday group going for 50 years.
“A number of them are founder members. When they started the club they did everything and have continued to help us.
“We are lucky to have such great pitches and clean, tidy, facilities and it is down to them coming down every Friday, without fail all year round, rain or snow.”
A grant from Aviva would buy a new mower which is the main thing on their wish list. More would be spent on grass seed and drainage.
Uckfield Rugby Club has 300 playing members, boys, girls, men and women, and more than 100 people regularly watch the first team play.
The club is also an important part of the town community. It held a two-day fete in the centre of town in the summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary and the celebration continue tomorrow when townspeople are invited to a free and professional fireworks display at the club.
“We try to give a bit back to the community,” said Gordon.
Jobs tackled by The Friday Boys – and honorary boys Val Miles, and Shona Cranfield, the club’s facilities manager – include grounds maintenance, and work indoors too such as washing all the floors in the clubhouse and changing rooms from the top of the building to the bottom, so that when people turn up on a Saturday all is perfect.
They also change light bulbs, and hang new pictures, and prepare for special events, such as tomorrow’s fireworks display. After routine jobs are tackled today they will be putting out orange fencing ready for the arrival of visitors.
On a Monday some of The Friday Boys return to sweep through the clubhouse so that it is tidy for training through the week.
Gordon said Uckfield Rugby Club had many more volunteers in addition to The Friday Boys. The coaches, managers, bar staff, board, directors and management team are all volunteers. Nobody gets paid.
He added: “We value everybody’s help. The Friday Boys are part of the team but a special part because they have been doing it so long.”
Read more about tomorrow’s rugby club fireworks display here: Uckfield Rugby Club is holding a free public fireworks display.
There’s more here about the rugby club’s Aviva grant application and how you can help here: Your votes could help Uckfield Rugby Club secure more than £10,000.