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Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:14

There has been quite a gap since my last update for which I apologise but I now have good, positive news.

We are now in receipt of the formal letter of intent from Newcastle City stating that they are working with (and working only with) Gosforth Sports Association towards a long term lease/asset transfer of the Broadway West Sports Ground and Pavilion. This is a VERY important step as it allows us to progress with grant applications to fund the work that needs to be done, albeit that we won't get any funds until the lease is actually in place.

We now await the head if terms of the lease from the City's legal department. We are all working towards a resolution no later than July 2015.

In the period since my last update we have not been idle. Gosforth Sports Association Ltd., the operating company for the facility and the holder of the lease has been formed. A professional fundraiser has been engaged and, following his initial ideas and submissions to us, is now working on actual grant applications. We also commissioned a specialist agronomy company to complete a survey and review of the current playing surfaces along with their recommendations of the work that will need to be carried out to meet our long term playing objectives. In addition, we have progressed our car park plans through to architectural drawings, ready for submission for planning approval.

We now move on to the next steps: formal planning approval for our initial requirements of the change of use of the flat into an extended club room, the new car park and the provision of training lights. Plus finalising the work needed to the playing areas and raising the daunting amounts of money we will need to deliver these objectives. In addition, we work to get the details of the lease agreed and signed off with the City. We are not there yet but the finishing line is getting nearer!

Thank you to all those who have helped get us to this stage and to the growing number of people offering their skills and labour going forward - we will be taking up your kind offers!

Lastly, our club dinner is on Friday May 1st. at the TA Centre on the Airport Industrial Estate. If you have not got your ticket/s yet then do so now as, due to security, only those who have bought their tickets before next week will be able to attend. Contact Pete Cowey for tickets.

Forth to the field,

Keith Gibson
Gosforth RFC

Awards Evening PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Thursday, 02 April 2015 17:50

Courtesy of Peter Winton and the local TA, GRFC held its Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, 1st May. Nearly 100 guests were well wined and dined along with the numerous prizes awarded. Thanks to the tireless work throughout the day by our two slaves of the kitchen, Pete Cowey and Graham Crozier, the excellent three-course meal was well received by the gathering! Follow ingan introductory speech by Peter W, on behalf of the TA, who had generously given us use of their splendid facilities FOC, festivities got underway with a welcome and "thank you" from Club President, Neil Jamieson. Then the awards were made as follows:

Awards 2014-2015

Peter Southern -Clubman OTY                                                Keith Gibson/Pete Cowey

Scott-Smith Boot-Unsung hero                                                Bernie/Kevin Dodds

Roger Swan – Team OTY                                                       Firsts

Hilton Place Kicking Cup                                                       Mark Anderson

Nick Shepherd-Junior Clubman OTY                         Robert Hedley

Mini/Junior Rugby      Unsung Hero                                        Joe Morris

Players’ player                                    Owen Ramsay

Player of the Year                               Alex Dodds

Most Improved player                                                       Mark Jobson

Douglas Smith Mini/Junior TOTY                                        U10s

Falcons Player                                                                  Ian Black

Phoenix Player                                                                 Ross Wilson

Young Player of the Year                                                  Mitch Ashman

Player of the Year                                                            Chris Daly

Players’ Player                                                                 Mitch Ashman

Special Awards – First player to 200 games                         Dan Tucker

Top Points Scorer                                                             Mark Anderson

RFU Raffle – best seller                                                     Steven Coombs

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 16:50
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