We are writing with regards to the Queensbury Clubhouse as a junior rugby team from within the village of Queensbury.
As Queensbury Juniors, we are a totally independent club with our own committee, bank account and fund raising events, with no financial ties to Queensbury Open Age Rugby Club or Queensbury Sports & Social Club. We have a number of junior rugby league teams for both boys and girls with ages ranging from 6 years through to 17years. With the vast history of rugby within the village we require a base to raise awareness of the great game of rugby league and to give the youth of the village something to be proud of!
We have now had a nomadic existence for over 20 years, since the original club house was sold with the promise that our own Club House will be built and usable. This now seems so close, as the building is built, but as nothing has appeared to have happened in the last two years, we wonder if this will ever be completed!
As with village life, various rumours have circulated over time around the club house, both being finished and that it will never be finished. Therefore to quash these rumours once and for all we ask for your assistance with the following questions to be answered by whoever knows the answers:
- What needs to be done to allow the Club house to be finished?
- Who needs to do this?
- How do we ensure this is done?
- What is the timescale to see the Club house finished?
- What options are available to get the Club house finished?
- What can we do as Queensbury Juniors to ensure this project is finished?
- We continually see other projects being completed and planned but we are left behind, why?
We are sure that all of you will appreciate the frustration we are feeling, as we see our junior section struggling with the never ending promise of ‘it will be OK when the club house is finished!’
We feel to address these issues and finally have a tangible plan through to see the completion of The Queensbury Club House, a meeting of all the relevant parties would be advantageous, to involve all relevant parties and members of the local community.
As a Junior Club we feel let down by all parties involved with this project but just want to see a plan, with responsibilities attached, so that Queensbury Club House can be opened and used by the local community and the building already in place not left to the elements with no future. We understand that it hasn’t been a project without controversy and would like to work alongside yourselves, Queensbury Sports & Social Club, the Council/Sports England/RFL to get this project finished and in use to promote the great game of rugby in the Bradford area.
We would appreciate a response within 14 days, so we can update our parents on the plan to see this project through to a finish.
Kind regards – Queensbury Juniors Rugby Club
c.c. Gerry Sutcliffe – MP, Paul Cromie – Local Councillor, Lynda Cromie – Local Councillor, Michael Walls – Local Councillor, David Green – Leader of the Council, Jennie Price – Chief Executive at Sport England, Nigel Wood – Chief Executive at The RFL, Queensbury Sports & Social Club.
Ian Brearley, Juniors Secretary