In February 2017 Storm Doris blew the roof off the clubhouse at Knowle FC and as the building was then left unstable it had to be demolished. As the building had been built from old Anderson shelters after the war it had not been possible to gain insurance on the building and hence the club with its limited means had no way of replacing it.
The club nicknamed The Robins has a proud history dating back to 1926 and currently boasts 18 male teams covering U7s through to Vets with the 1st Team playing in the Midland Football League and 6 female teams from U10s to a Senior Ladies Team that plays in the West Midlands Regional League.
The clubhouse was a focal point for the club that hosted meetings, coaching events as well as a much needed warm and dry place to get refreshments and host match hospitality on cold winter match days. So finding a way to replace it was essential.
The club started fundraising through the staging of events, bag packing and similar activities as well as launching a crowdfunding appeal and seeking donations from local businesses. Alongside this the club explored alternative options for the replacement clubhouse and visited the TF Jackson depot to see the units and discuss what was possible. A layout was designed that enabled easy access to the new unit and the existing structures at the club as well as providing a good view of the pitch via the windows along the length of the new clubhouse.
After a lengthy process the club gained a grant from the Football Association which together with the other funds it had raised provided sufficient funds to commence work. So following an 18 month gap between the demolition of the old clubhouse in April 2017 and the foundations were laid in early October 2018 and the new modular building delivered and installed shortly afterwards. The club is now looking to replace the soft furnishings that were destroyed by the storm and to make the new clubhouse feel like the home the club needs and deserves.