Maximise your facilities by working with your community
Buddle went to meet Wigan St Judes ARLFC, who have looked at different ways to maximise their facility and created an engaging and inclusive environment for their local community.
The video begins with two male rugby league players coming out of a hold. They are standing on a grass pitch. A rugby goal is visible in the background.
The video footage switches to show several males running and passing a rugby ball between them on the pitch. A male voice says: Rugby clubs are predominantly built on rugby. But you can't survive just on one thing anymore.
Subtitles appear at the bottom of the screen. These continue throughout the video as different people are talking.
The male voiceover continues to say:
You’ve got to develop that and what we believe that we need to tap into is what's been lost.
While he is talking, the footage shows several females participating in a fitness class. They are wearing sports clothing and are exercising by bringing their knees up to their elbows.
The shot then changes to show several young children, all wearing maroon hooded sweatshirts, taking part in an obstacle course. One child makes his way through a cargo net on the ground, helped by an older male who is lifting the net up. Two boys are then shown climbing ropes.
The voice over continues to say:
So, St Judes are the modern type of community club. Based basically on rugby but we are offering more than that now.
The screen shows several young children running away from the camera towards a football goal. In the foreground are two adults, one male and one female, who are coaching the children. In the background is a red brick building. An adult stands next to the goal.
The shot changes to show a young boy receiving a certificate from an adult. Another adult stands in the background. As he takes it, the adult and young boy exchange a ‘high 5’. The young boy is smiling, and he has a medal round his neck.
The shot changes to show the man who is speaking. A banner introduces him on screen as Chris Fairclough, Health Champion. He is wearing a club t-shirt. Gym equipment is visible behind him.
The shot changes showing the bottom half of two people who are kicking a rugby ball back to one another. Unrecognisable music begins playing in the background.
The shot changes to show two young males’ standing side by side pushing up some wooden apparatus.
It then switches to show a female coach we saw earlier. She is holding a rugby ball and pointing. In front of her are five children and an adult male and several rugby balls.
The assault course, a rugby goal and a tree are visible behind her. A young boy runs towards the camera holding a rugby ball. Behind him are other young children playing rugby with an adult.
The shot then shows a male wearing a red sports top, he is smiling. Other males then walk in front of the camera from right to left. The camera switches to show the top section of a climbing rope.
The shot changes to show the female coach we saw earlier. She is with two other adults, and they are coaching a group of children who are running.
A child and another female adult are holding rugby balls. Football goals and a fence are visible in the background.
The shot changes to show males and females exercising in a room. The floor is covered with red and blue mats, other sports equipment and matting surrounds the room.
The group are standing around an instructor. They are bending down, reaching for the floor in front of them, stretching. The music stops.
The Buddle logo appears at the bottom left of the screen.
The words Wigan St Judes ARFLC, a Club at the Heart of the Community appear in the middle of the screen with the club’s logo. The text fades to show two females walking through the front door of a red brick building. Unrecognisable music resumes playing in the background.
Chris Fairclough, who we were introduced to earlier, leads a fitness class. Several adults, male and female, are shown running on the spot.
We are introduced to Jason Lawton, a participant of the fitness class who says: These classes are run three times a week. They are great. Fitness-wise, getting everybody together, it is superb. We’ve had a big push on social media to get that down. People have started to come down with word of mouth and the facilities we’ve got down here are second to none. They really are.
The camera transitions from Jason back to the fitness class.
A female participant talks to the camera.
The Buddle logo appears on the right and introduces her as Viv Prentice, Fitness Class Participant. Viv addresses the camera: I work in the NHS, I’m at the desk all day so it is really good at the end of the day to come down and do a three quarters of an hour workout. As she speaks, Viv is seen participating in the class alongside other females.
She says: You can see there’s, you know male and females here at the session. Everybody’s welcome so yeah, it’s fabulous.
Chris Fairclough is then shown in the gym leading a fitness class of male and female adults. He says: We do ask for a contribution or donation. We don’t stipulate there’s an amount of money to pay. And that enables them also people to come.
Chris stands still in the gym and speaks to the camera: Each part of what we do here has to be kind of self-funded. There’s not lots of money about. So, run it as a business, engage with the community and keep it interesting for people.
The female coach that we saw earlier in the video is shown talking to a group of children who are standing in front of her. She says: I think every community needs a focal point, doesn’t it? And I think it is a really good focal point for all age groups.
As she speaks, the children take part in activities including running through the rungs of an agility ladder which is laid out on the floor. Kathryn Worthington, Rugga Rascals Coach appears on the screen with the Buddle logo. Kathryn is sitting on a piece of equipment on the assault course. A red brick building is visible in the background.
She addresses the camera: You’ve got all the fields that the children can come and play on, you’ve got the club facilities. As Kathryn speaks, the camera switches to show the grass rugby and football pitches, there are some people and white birds in the background.
The camera then focuses back on her: You can come inside; you can have a drink you can watch sport. But it just creates a vibrancy, doesn’t it? And if it’s vibrant and people are here, and people are having fun and people are enjoying themselves, people want to be part of it, don’t they?
The shot changes to show a head and shoulders view of people playing rugby league on a grass pitch. In the background are houses and cars.
Chris Fairclough, who we heard from earlier, speaks: The actual area where the club is situated, I believe is described as a deprived area. A row of houses with cars parked on each side of the street is shown. At the end of the street there are the club’s goal posts and some trees. The camera pans to show a close up of a rooftop with a child’s pink shoe on top of it.
Chris continues: So that helps us to attract funding and luckily enough we tapped into Sport England. Footage of the assault course is shown. The shot changes to a close up of a plaque attached to the green fencing that surrounds the course. It states, Special thanks to Sport England, this assault course was officially opened by Honorary Alderman, Brian Baldwin CBE, and Steve McCormack on 27th May 2018. Above the wording is the Sport England logo in blue.
Chris Fairclough is in the gym, talking to the camera: we looked at a functional training activity. We came up with the assault course and that's what we've got.
The shot changes to show two boys wearing maroon hooded sports tops climbing a cargo net which forms part of the assault course and a head view of someone climbing over the net.
Tommy Martindale, Club Treasurer, is introduced on the screen. Tommy is sitting in the club room, tables, chairs and framed rugby league shirts can be seen in the background. Tommy is wearing glasses and a black club gilet. He speaks to the camera: We are trying to get schools involved, where schools can come down and use the assault course as part of their curriculum. The motto we have here, it's plastered around the club, is ‘going forward’.
As Tommy speaks, we see footage of children using the assault course, climbing ropes, and climbing over obstacles. The camera returns to Tommy and then shows a group of young children lifting their hands in the air, an adult fitness class, and then returns to the group of children playing and running with a female coach.
Tommy says: It’s something that's in your blood isn't it. You want to help the community, you want to be part of it and develop it and being part of it gives you a bit of a kick. It's a community club and as you have seen, with the facilities we've got now, we are catering for any sort of sport.
The shot changes to show a young male using the assault course, jumping over part of it and running. It then shows Katherine who we were introduced to earlier. She is with another female adult. They are coaching a small group of children.
At the same time, a male voice says: It is bringing all those kids off the streets. Keeping them going. We are introduced to David Whittle, Under 16s Coach. He has a beard and is wearing a club hoodie and hat. He speaks to the camera: Getting them out, off their Xbox’s and their PlayStations. Behind him are pitches and the assault course.
The shot changes to show Chris Fairclough, leading a fitness class. His movements are copied by the group of adults he is leading.
He is then shown in the gym, he speaks to the camera: We've kind of got a fully functional training activity centre and the assault course is like the pinnacle to that.
You can see today that what we've got is fully utilised and it brings in interest from outside and that's why we are kind of a thriving club, particularly in that we've built with the community at large in the forefront of our minds all the time.
As Chris speaks the shot changes to show children using the assault course. They are climbing over the framework, running in and out of wooden posts, swinging and pulling themselves along horizontal bars, balancing on beams and climbing up ropes and the cargo net.
In the background, a group of are playing rugby.
Three females, who appear to have just finished their fitness class, are then shown talking and laughing. Two are holding water bottles.
The shot then changes to show two older males wearing rugby tops, walking towards the camera talking and laughing as they walk.
We then see a young boy wearing a club hoodie and hat. He is receiving a certificate from Katherine, the coach we saw earlier. Katherine bends down and they exchange a ‘high five’. They are both smiling.
The shot changes to show the Buddle, National Lottery logo and Sport England logos. Below these three logos reads www.thebuddle.co,uk.
The video ends.