Project information

Club House Project

We are looking to fence off an existing modular building (changing rooms), & add a couple of shipping containers or anti-vandal units as a Club House & Storage Facility. This will be our 'pavillion', allowing us to store goals, coaching equipment, groundcare equipment & changing rooms in security.

March 2011 - August 2011

Charity information: St Mirren Youth Football Club

St Mirren Youth Football Club logo
  • Need


    The problem we have is a lack of secure storage for our coaching equipment, football goals and groundcare equipment. We currently lease an anti vandal storage container, where all of this equipment is crammed into. this has led to minor damage to our lawn tractor and an inadequate regard to health and safety.


    We want to solve this by storing these different ranges of equipment in separate, but safe and secure storage containers. We have already attracted minor funding to help purchase these containers. We would welcome any donation of containers so long as they are air and water tight and have secure locking mechanisms. This would allow us to situate them in such a way as to create a compound area, which we intend to fence off so as to store our goals easily and securely.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to supply additional changing facilities for girl and women footballers.


    » This will allow us to ensure the safety of our girls football teams in their own changing facility.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... being able to host boys and girls fixtures at the same time, knowing the additional changing rooms can be used.

    Aim 2

    to supply secure storage for our lawn tractor, roller, aerator, pitch-liner & other groundcare kit.


    » a separate storage container would ensure non-football items are stored together with minimal risk.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... ensuring the equipment is not open to further damage.

    Aim 3

    to supply secure storage for our coaching equipment.


    » a separate storage container would ensure all football coaching equipment (balls, markers, cones, etc.) are stored together with minimum risk.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...the ability for coaches to store equipent safely and responsibly and not be 'driving' it all over the place.

    Aim 4

    is to create a compound area to allow us to ensure the security of our move-able goals.


    » we would fence off the compound area with secure fencing and gating with locking mechanism.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... the ability not to have to completely dismantle our goals but keep them upright, ready to be moved on to the playing fields, & chained securely when not in use.

  • Impact


    The Club House project at Jenny's Well Playing Field, which we have leased from the private sector for a dozen years. will allow us to demonstrate our duty of care, social and community responsibility. This project will also ensure the future sustainability of our club and allow us to expand our player pathway of grassroots, recreational, youth, amateur and girls/women's football. The Club House wil perhaps also allow us to 'brand' our club badge/logo and re-inforce our community ethos.


    The only risks we forsee are the logistics of pulling it all together - siting it on location etc. We already have purchased one 35' former construction site office container. This has three compartments and an entrance, so will act as two changing rooms and referee room. The selling company will level and site this for us.


    We are more than happy to acknowledge donors through our website and even on the shirts of our football kit, we would also be more than happy to apply logos on the Club House.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Changing room container 35' container = 1 entrance area, 2 locker rooms, 1 referee room
      £1,000 Groundcare container 20' hallow container
      £1,000 Football equipment container 20' shelved container
      £750 Foundation aggregate Hard-core ground levelling material
      £1,000 Metalic anti-vandal Paint To finish off the Club House
      £1,500 Fencing To Surround the Club House compound
      £750 Gating & locks To allow easy access eggress and security
      £1,500 Labour construction costs for laying aggregate, and erecting fencing, painting finished articles
      £1,000 Ancilliary landscaping

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Renfrewshire £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Jenny's Well Playing Field - sits adjcent to an urban streetscape and a local nature reserve. A series of footpaths surround the playing fields and link to a nature trail and a national cycle route. Jenny's Well is a recognised public open greenspace.


    The local wards (Blackhall and Hunterhill) have a population of up to 10,000 people each, this are sits within one of the worst percentile areas recorded on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. The playing field is owned by BASF (The Chemical Company), whom we lease the property from, we are currently negotiating a longer security of tenure. The area used to have a railway run through it 60 years ago, which was used as a land-fill site and then grassed over and planted out.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are best placed to carry out the project as we have held the lease for a dozen years, the lease stipulates the playing fields and changing facilities can only be used for non-commercial, football activity. We met with the owners (BASF) last February and they gave us carte-blanche verbally to upgrade the facilities however we could, with external funding.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stephen Mann

    Club Chair - Club Coordinator - Coach - acts as ideas person, uses creativity and vision as a catalyst for change, development and progression.

    Frank Sweeney

    Club Secretary - Coach - person of huge grassroots football experience and well known and respected local referee and social entrepeneur.

    Alistair Anderson

    Club Vice-Chair - Coach - pragmatic and very experienced grasroots football coach and motivator.

    Wully Pettigrew

    Club Treasurer - Coach - very progressive and forward thinking grassroots football coach and Military Police Officer.