CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A local rugby team is taking matters into their own hands to fix their field. The field is used by various teams, including youth organizations, bvut with little outside help, they’re doing it themselves
“I wanted to cry when I saw this field. I mean it was absolutely terrible,” said Jeff Enochs the president of the Charlotte Royals.
The Royals practice and host tournaments behind Marie G. Davis Middle School, but their field, or pitch as they call it, has seen better days.
“Everything was overgrown. There was an eight-by-eight sinkhole. There was nowhere to stand. There was nowhere to sit. It was an absolute disaster. But they saw potential.
“We saw an opportunity here and there’s a lot of work to be done,” said Craig Maxwell, the team’s captain.
On a recent cold and rainy Saturday morning the team came to dig and power was their field back to health.
“There’s a lot of stuff to be done. You just have to start with something, start small, focus on what you can. Work on little projects at a time,” said Maxwell.
To date they created additional seating, filled in the sink hole. They say the real concern is for the youth who also use the field.
“When you’re learning this sport for the first time you want to make sure you have solid, safe conditions and this field wasn’t living up to that,” said Enochs.
Up until recently they were doing all the work, and paying for it themselves. They set up a GoFundMe and even dug into their own pockets to pay for the work
Enochs says it was only recently that Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools said they would help.
Asking for comment, the district said, ‘the request is being directed through the process for CMS to determine a number of things before the approval is given for the upgrade work to the field at Marie G. Davis. The process includes ensuring architectural structure, underground line identification, sufficient drainage systems, upkeep and alignment with CMS standards.’
They say their work on the field, and for the field is a source of pride.
“Just putting in the hard work. That’s what it’s all about,” said Maxwell.