Putting club back at the heart of the community

Kerri and Tim Paul have big plans for Rase Park EMN-150929-142027001
Kerri and Tim Paul have big plans for Rase Park EMN-150929-142027001

Sport is taking off again in Rasen and a town club is working hard to be the hub of it and have something for all ages to enjoy.

Kerri and Tim Paul are the new stewards at Rase Park and are determined to renovate the club house and return it to the family-friendly venue of years gone by.

“I have been part of the club for so long,” said Tim.

“I started playing here when I was 14; it was a great time and I have lots of good memories.

“Now I have done the playing and the managing of teams, so the next thing is to give something back to the club and help it continue for years to come.”

Rase Park is home to Market Rasen’s football and cricket teams and sits between the Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate and Rase Lane.

There is a thriving junior section in both sports, as well as darts teams, dominoes teams and the possibility of pool teams in the near future.

But Kerri and Tim are keen to promote the club as more than a sporting venue.

“The club house is open to anyone,” you don’t have to be connected to one of the sports teams,” said Kerri.

“Market Rasen has had lots of new people move in over recent years and they don’t realise we are here.

“The place has a lot to offer and we want to make it somewhere the whole family can come to together.

“Kids have plenty of space to play out in a safe area, while the adults socialise.

“And the kids are also well catered for inside, with an X-box, air hockey and junior pool.”

Rase Park is a non-profit making club, so all the money needed for the planned renovations and new equipment has to be raised.

Work has already been done to make the club house more welcoming and future plans include installing a fully functioning kitchen and, hopefully, extending the bar.

A number of events are planned too in the run up to Christmas, from fashion shows to beer festivals.

“We know we will be putting in a lot of hours initially, but we want to get people used to us being open,” added Kerri.

“We have plans for Halloween and Bonfire Night and we will also be open on Christmas Eve for when Santa comes to town, just like it used to be .”