Cats celebrate clubhouse
THE brand new Gympie Cats clubhouse will offer more to the club than just a place for the change rooms.
The newly built clubhouse at Six Mile Oval will replace the old Cats clubhouse which was flooded during the 2011 floods.
It is the result of around $200,000 worth of grants from the Queensland government and the RACQ.
Contributed labour from Skills Alliance also assisted to build the much-needed new clubhouse.
The finishing touches are due to be completed this weekend.
The 2011 floods left the clubhouse condemned and cost the club dearly in equipment losses.
Cats president Glenn Warren said the club had to press on using the degraded clubhouse even though the toilets and change rooms were severely damaged.
"We battled through one season," Warren said.
Volunteers donated their time after work and over the weekends to pull down the remains of the old clubhouse so that work could start on the upgrade.
Warren said the hours of hard work put into removing the old building were well worth the time.
"When you look at the end result, it was worth the hard work," Warren said.
The state-of-the-art clubhouse now boasts brand new toilets, complete with disability access and team change rooms.
It also houses a fully-equipped canteen and would not be complete without the club's own bar.
A new building layout, designed by the club's committee members, also means the building is flood-ready and access to facilities is easier for players and spectators alike.
Warren said the new clubhouse has been a long time in the works and is an important addition for the Cats.
"We've been waiting a long time," Warren said.
Not only will the clubhouse be the pride of the Cats home ground, it will also provide the club with opportunities to host functions and fundraising events.
Warren said hosting functions at the grounds has not been possible in the past due to the state of the old clubhouse.
The first of these functions will be this Saturday's grand opening.
The official opening of the clubhouse will treat locals to on-field competition as well as entertainment from the Country Music School of Excellence and full canteen and bar facilities.
Buses will also run from the grounds in the afternoon.
The event kicks off at 9am.