SOUTHWICK FOOTBALL CLUB BUSINESS PLAN Local football for the whole community
SOUTHWICK FOOTBALL CLUB BUSINESS PLAN WHO WE ARE THE RUSSELL MARTIN FOUNDATION OUR VISION The Russell Martin Foundation (RMF) is a non-profit organisation (registered charity For our local number 1174134) based in and around Brighton & Hove which uses the power of community to prosper football to help change people’s lives. It was set up by professional footballer Russell OUR MISSION Martin (originally as the Russell Martin Academy), who wanted to give something Using the power back to the city of his birth. of football in our local community to It has also been looking to expand its provision into other areas such as education empower individuals to and health. Over the next few years RMF is looking to... improve their lives and their environment. • D eliver initiatives within the community designed to lessen the social exclusion OUR VALUES caused by the effects of poverty, old age, disablement, health inequalities and Opportunity; economic deprivation; Inclusivity; Quality; Sustainability • A dvance education within communities, including social, physical and vocational training, the provision of training for unemployed persons and adult education • P rovide or assist in the provision that are in the interests of social welfare, of facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupation for those within the community who have special need of such facilities • P romote the health of the community by the provision of facilities for playing football and other healthy sports • P romote good citizenship within the community • P romote harmony between people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds within the community. Trustees Russell Martin Ex-international footballer. Current manager of MK Dons Richard Bradford Ex-headteacher (Dorothy Stringer School, Brighton) Gary Peters Business owner (Businessman of the Year, Brighton & Hove 2019) Neal Young HR specialist Kay Watson Assistant head at local primary school Key staff Dr Alan Sanders Chief executive Gary Mansell Head of Football Donna Cox General manager and manager of Hove 3G pitch CVs of key staff are at the end of this document. WHAT WE DO CURRENT PROVISION Since registering as a charity in November 2017, RMF has developed its football provision for young people (5-19) which now includes... • A football academy, with over 600 players aged between 5-14 • Curricular and extra -curricular activities at 10 local primary & secondary schools • H oliday courses throughout the academic year (with over 2,000 participants for 2019/20 • A post-16 academy at a local further education college. • Managing the Hove Park as part of a 15-year lease for the Hove 3G pitch with record numbers of participants In April 2018, RMF expanded its provision by winning a European Social Fund project to help upskill the local workforce by offering mathematics courses (Level 1 & 2). This project was successfully completed in September 2020.
WHAT WE DO | CONT’D RMF have also set up an alternative provision centre which is funded by the local authority and all 10 Brighton & Hove secondary schools. This provision is a 12-week course for 11-14 year old students who are struggling with full time education. Their success is measured on attendance, academic progress and measured improvements in social and emotional well-being. RMF is now in the process of setting up another centre in Worthing which will be funded by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and local secondary schools. It is also working in partnership with WSCC to set up centres in Bognor & Crawley. EXPERIENCE IN FACILITY MANAGEMENT (HOVE PARK 3G PITCH) RMF took control of Hove Park 3G in April 2018 on a long-term lease and attained full responsibility for the site including operating hours, maintenance, and community usage. There is a live booking system which enables RMF to monitor and manage all bookings. A team of trained staff follow strict maintenance guidelines. As with any artificial surface, combining daily and weekly in-house routines with specialist deep-cleaning works is the key to successful 3G pitch maintenance. Drag brushing is carried out weekly to maintain a consistent distribution of rubber infill and raise the carpet pile As part of our tender RMF set out our own internal targets to ensure we deliver a community- based venue that is affordable, well-managed and catering for all genders, ethnic groups, disability groups, schools and grassroots. Below are some of our internal measures we have in place to achieve this: • Site is always staffed while open to ensure fair and safe play is adhered to. • Pitch hire is affordable and relevant to each group’s circumstances • Concessions are applied to encourage usage for grassroots mini fixtures • Bursary options to allow some free usage for school, disability, and specialist events • Internal RMA programs to include sessions for U6s, girls, boys, disability and over 50’s • Walk on options to support affordable usage for local youth groups • School holiday clubs to offer suitable and safe childcare options for working families • Limited free places at our RMA Academy sessions for financially challenged families EXPERIENCE OF DRAWING DOWN PUBLIC FUNDING / GENERATING SPONSORSHIP In its short time as a registered charity, over the past two years RMF has gained funding and sponsorship from the following; Funding • National Lottery (IT equipment) • The Sussex Police Federation (Extra Time Project) • European Social Fund (adult learning) • St James’s Place Foundation Trust (disability project) • Sussex Community Foundation (disability project) • Brighton & Hove Council (Various) • All 10 Brighton & Hove secondary schools (Extra time Project) Sponsorship (not an exclusive list) • Skerritts Consultancy Services • TSS Facilities • Donatello Restaurant • Rix & Kay Solicitors • Lansdowne Green • Love Local Jobs EXPERIENCE OF PARTNERSHIP WORKING RMF currently works with a range of organisations in addition to those listed above. These include; West Sussex County Council, Sussex FA, University of Brighton, Varndean College, The Professional Footballers’ Association, local primary schools and various leisure centres.
SOUTHWICK FOOTBALL CLUB BUSINESS PLAN For local people; all ages Our vision for Southwick Football Club Renovated pitch; 3G coming A new community facility which houses a local club and is Education & health courses available to people of all ages. It will become a venue for youth representative matches, including Sussex Schools and Brighton & Hove District teams. • The grass pitch is renovated and made possible to play football matches from 2021-2024. A new all-weather cork-based 3G pitch will replace the grass pitch for 2024-25 season. The current club house will be demolished and a new one built which can house educational courses and health initiatives on non-match days. RMF currently run an alternative provision centre for all of the 10 secondary schools in Brighton & Hove at Brighton Youth Centre and would plan to house a similar centre at Southwick. We will also work with Public Health England to provide health improvement courses for the local community. • R MF will base their offices (initially at Southwick Leisure Centre) at Old Barn Way. • In the short and medium term, RMF will work in partnership with Southwick Leisure Centre for match and non-match day activities. PROPOSED ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE RMF to manage the facility and sub-contract out to partner organisations including senior men and women football teams and Saferide. RMF has been approached by a variety of organisations that are interested in sub- letting from the eventual leaseholders. If successful, RMF will be keen to work with any of these organisations subject to written agreements. PHASE I JANUARY 2021–AUGUST 2021 1. a) Pitch & floodlights repairs to ensure that football matches can be played from August 2021 onwards b) Security of site. This would include improving the perimeter fence 2. D emolish current club house (depending on discussions with Adur & Worthing DC) 3. RMF to potentially move offices from Southwick Square to Southwick Leisure Centre (depending on availability of space). This will help with security of site.
4. Capital funding applications for a rebuild (to for example the Football Foundation, Education Endowment Fund, etc); • A multi-use space to be used as a classroom during the day and as a hospitality area for match days. • C hanging rooms & toilets • O ffice space for 20 RMF staff PHASE II AUGUST 2021 – MAY 2022 1. Pitch & floodlights operational Pitch to be used throughout the week by local schools, RMF academy players (including post-16) & senior men’s team & a women’s team representing Southwick. 2. Use of Southwick Leisure Centre changing rooms and café/bar area to be made available for RMF to serve parents and supporters. (There are other examples in Sussex of where leisure centres and football clubs share facilities) 3. Parking for the football pitch users made available at Southwick Leisure Centre car park (as current car park is now to be used by Saferide) PHASE III MAY 2022 – AUGUST 2023 1. Building of new club house and changing rooms Southwick FC 2. Application for funding of 3G pitch PHASE IV MAY 2024 - AUGUST 2024 1. Digging up of grass pitch 2. Laying of 3G pitch FINANCE PHASE I (JANUARY – AUGUST 2021) 1. Pitch improvements - to make pitch useable – £1,500 approx 2. D emolition of club house, changing rooms & covered stand - £50,000 approx 3. A dvertising barriers/rails and perimeter fencing, carpark etc - £53,650 (in dilapidation schedule provided by local authority) PHASE II (AUGUST 2021 - MAY 2022) 1. Pitch - Ongoing upkeep – £16,000 pa approx PHASE III (MAY 2022 – AUGUST 2023) 1. Architect & structural engineer - £30,000 approx 2. Building (includes club house, bar, changing rooms and covered stand) - £400,000-£500,000 approx PHASE IV (MAY 2024 - AUGUST 2024) New cork-based 3G pitch (including perimeter fencing) - £500,000 approx References and letters of support available on request
SOUTHWICK FOOTBALL CLUB BUSINESS PLAN Key staff Dr Alan Sanders Chief Executive of Russell Martin Foundation (ex-managing director of Albion in the Community (AITC) and ex-director of Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT)). Alan has been involved in football throughout his career. This was initially as a PE teacher in which he managed district and county football teams as well as being a member of the Sussex FA board. He then went on to be managing director at AITC and director at CACT before becoming Chief Executive at RMF. Whilst at AITC Alan was successful in gaining the following capital (not including successful revenue) grants in Sussex; • 2 003 £100,000 DfES ‘Playing for Success’ Study Centre at Withdean Stadium • 2004 £170,000 ESF/LSC Adult Learning Study Centre at Withean Stadium • 2004 £60,000 EDRF Interreg Study Centre Withdean Stadium • 2012 £475,000 Football Foundation Dorothy Stringer School • 2 012 £475,000 Football Foundation Ratton School, Eastbourne (Planning permission denied) • 2012 £475,000 Football Foundation Brighton & Hove Albion Training Ground, Lancing Gary Mansell Head of Football at Russell Martin Foundation Gary has been with the foundation since its inception as firstly the Russell Martin Academy in 2016 through the changeover to the registered charity, The Russell Martin Foundation. Gary played a pivotal role in the creation and growth of RMA which now delivers structured football sessions to over 600 young players on a weekly basis.
Gary also supported the growth of our school provision which continues to grow under the guidance of Sergio Torres another founding member of the organisation. Further to this Gary alongside Russell Martin himself was instrumental in the procurement of Hove Park 3G and the infrastructure behind what has been a successful, well maintained, and prosperous venue for the charity, its members, and the local community. Gary currently manages both district and county youth football teams. Donna Cox General Manager & Manager of Hove 3G Pitch Donna is another of the founding team members that has played a significant part in the creation and continued success of the Russell Martin Foundation. Donna has also helped to oversee the growth of the organisation. She holds a position on the senior management team and is central to day-to-day operations. Donna holds several roles within the charity overseeing the day to day finances, operations, health & safety, and welfare of all our staff and members. Donna is part of our senior management team and alongside her many other roles also manages the Hove Park 3G site ensuring that is maintained and run to the highest possible standards.
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SOUTHWICK FOOTBALL CLUB BUSINESS PLAN Local football for the whole community