Rocky sports club closes doors for overdue 'facelift'
THE Southside United Sports Clubhouse is closing its doors to the public.
But fear not, the beloved club will be opening again in over six months with a brand new look.
The club's kitchen, bar area and pokies area are set to get a "long overdue face lift" to bring the public a modern and interesting new family-friendly environment.
"It's a good opportunity," Club president Mark Butcher said.
"The inside of the club was a bit dated and we'll probably see more choices for people to go to have a meal or drinks or get on the pokies.
"We want to keep it a family environment to attract families back as our member base was typically family orientated."
With "quite a tight budget" Mr Butcher is hoping to employ the trade skills of volunteers or members of the club, which will hopefully cut costs.
"The reason we've taken the opportunity is because during this time of the year and with trading, it's quite competitive and we're just breaking even," Mr Butcher said.
"The time frame will depend on the scale. We plan on doing the dining area and opening it up, and getting the bar done.
"We will try and get that done without affecting members and customers."
All trading will be suspended throughout the renovations.
However, the fields and lighting facilities will continue to be used by Southside United Sports Club teams.
The club's manager and four casual staff members have also been advised of the temporary closure and have been advised to look for work elsewhere during the period.
"Unfortunately we won't have anything available for them," Mr Butcher said.
"But we're looking to bring them back in after the renovations.
"They understand the trade and we need to take the opportunity to bring new members back into the club and improve trades."