18 people attended the session with 10 local residents from around the park and 8 club members taking up the opportunity to discuss issues, think about solutions and opportunities for greater integration and participation.
“The board has drafted a strategy with our focus for the Richmond Rovers being a hub of Success, Performance and Cultural Harmony in Grey Lynn. We need to include local residents in what this may mean, and to also open the conversation broader with our members and important stakeholders,” said Chairman Gus Fepuleai.
Board members provided a brief history of the 100+ year old club and its recent history.
“The vast majority of our members who are Pasifika and Maori lived in Grey Lynn with their families for many years, and even though a lot now travel in to play and participate with the club, this is still our home. We also know we need to make this a place where every local resident is also proud to be a part of,” Feluapai said.
As a part of the open conversation, some of the issues discussed with residents were:
- The real and perceived barriers to local residents’ greater engagement with the Richmond Rovers
- Services and offerings local residents would like to see from the Richmond Rovers
- The club bar, its hours of operation and issues and opportunities relating to these
- The focus on a collective strategy and collective action to achieve the clubs intention of seeing Success, Performance and Cultural Harmony in Grey Lynn
These dates and times will be announced shortly.
The Richmond Rovers Board has developed an online survey to gain interested parties input to our planning. This quick 10 question survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RichmondRRL