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The Sports Clubhouse Team

Meet the Sports Clubhouses’ Team

 Sports Clubhouses Team


The team members are all specialist consultants or directors in their own fields. Our team members have a passion for sport and club life having grown up as players and then becoming captains, chairmen and even presidents of sports clubs and leagues in the UK. Consequently, they know what lies at the heart of clubs, how committees think, and how difficult it is in the current climate to sustain participation in sport. The Sports Clubhouses team want to help provide the best facilities, products, advice and guidance at the most competitive costs so that clubs can be sustainable for many years to come and remain the heartbeat of their local community.

The men & women behind this mission:

Steve Macdonald – Director

Steve MacdonaldSteve will share his considerable knowledge as Sports Clubhouses Lead Design Consultant and is the figurehead for the company. Steve’s passion for sport and good design will marry in with his strong entrepreneurial skills to make Sports Clubhouses the leading sports club support company in the UK.

Steve Macdonald started his career working for three leading commercial design practices before being appointed as Design and Development Director for the Sears Retail Group which included Miss Selfridge, Wallis and Selfridges. Having been head hunted by 2 leading London design companies Steve decided he would be better suited to starting his own company and consequently Macdonald Design was founded in 1985 to work in the retail, office and catering sectors. The company has diversified into various arenas and Steve’s contacts and experience in the sports and recreational field led the company to recognition as one of the leading sports and leisure building design companies. Steve heads up the company as lead consultant and designer. Steve formed Sports Clubhouses with Andy Macdonald as a specialist design, build, fit and supply division of Macdonald Design.

Steve also spends a large amount of time working with sports governing bodies including the ECB and Surrey County Cricket Club. His considerable experience in the design of sports buildings, in particular, has led to his appointment as Chairman of the Facilities Working Group for Surrey County Cricket Club of which he is also a Board Trustee. In this role, Steve provides the county with invaluable advice and guidance on the design and management of sports related projects. His expertise in building connections and partnerships with governing bodies and local authorities has proven to be an important asset to the county.

Steve’s biggest passion is sport and he has spent a vast amount of his spare time playing and being involved with sports clubs. Over the last ten years he has been a player, colts manager, chairman of cricket and then president of the sports club at his beloved Purley Sports Club. He now runs the development committee for the sports club. Steve also loves his football and especially Crystal Palace his local club. Steve shares this love for Palace with his family and the majority of the Sports Clubhouses team!

Andy Macdonald – Director

Andy MacdonaldSports Clubhouses is the brainchild of Steve and Andy with Andy developing the principles behind the supplementary products which compliment the Pavilions and Clubhouses and will help run the company. He will work with Nigel on the advertising and marketing decisions moving forward so if you are interested in selling your product on Sports Clubhouses then please contact Andy.

Andy is halfway through studying at the London South Bank University to complete his MSc/PGDip in Quantity Surveying. He is also fully qualified in AutoCAD along with a sound knowledge of our 3D design software, which provides useful backup to our architectural team. Amongst his other technical duties, Andy runs the administrative side of the company and assists Steve with all business development. Andy manages the marketing, advertising and business development aspects of the company with a specific brief to ensure that Sports Clubhouses is at the cutting edge of e-marketing. With this in mind, please contact Andy directly with any media or advertising enquiries.

Away from Sports Clubhouses, Andy is a very keen and able sportsman and, in the past, has represented the University of Reading and Surrey County Cricket Club at football and cricket respectively. He has been vice-captain of the 1st XI at Purley Cricket Club and is currently player-manager of local amateur football side New Nork Dynamos F.C. who play in the Redhill & District League. He has also managed the websites and online marketing for both these sides. Purley Sports Club have now recruited Andy to advise on the marketing streams for the club and to help design their new website in an attempt to make the club the most forward thinking in the area.

He is secretary of the Facilities Working Group for Surrey County Cricket Club where he assists with the delivery of numerous projects for them and manages many elements of the new Cricket Board Website. His volunteering work for Surrey County Cricket Club has resulted in two nominations for their OSCA (Outstanding Service to Cricket Award) ceremony at the Kia Oval in 2011 and 2012.

Carl Pringle – Head of Design


Carl will head up the Design team for all Sports Clubhouses projects.

Carl is a graduate in architecture from Plymouth University and as well as his extensive architectural skills, Carl is an expert in 3D visualisation and design. His 3D renders have helped many a client over the last few years and have been displayed in countless presentations across the country. A selective portfolio of these can be found across our website.

These qualities have seen him now advance to the role of Design Director at Sports Clubhouses. Working with Steve Macdonald he has helped develop a number of unique designs and ranges which can seen in greater detail on our Portfolio.

Beth Carter – Architectural Technician

Beth CarterBeth works alongside Steve and Carl on the architectural side of the business and adds her own unique design flair to the team. Carl and her will be adding to the already extensive design range and building up the 3D and BIM modelling side of the business to ensure that Sports Clubhouses are at the cutting edge of design technology.

Beth is an graduate in architecture from Plymouth University and also has an MSc in Disaster Management from Coventry but we are hoping that she will not have to use these skills on any of our projects! Beth joined the company in early 2014 and has already proven to be a fantastic addition to the team.

Nigel Verrill – Head of Marketing and Communication

nigelNigel has worked as a senior manager in a public facing service for the past 29 years. He has extensive experience in Project Management to the principles of PRINCE2. Nigel has designed and managed websites for many businesses including ecommerce and membership sites. Nigel and Andy work closely together on website design, online communication and marketing direction.

Shaun Graves – Interior Fabrication & Joinery Manager

Shaun GravesShaun has worked in various roles within the carpentry & joinery industry for over 40 years, working his way up from serving time as an apprentice to currently being the director of his own company, Aguila Solutions Ltd.

He has worked with Steve and Macdonald Design for a number of years, completing projects around the UK and Europe. Shaun and his team specialise in installing bar and servery counters into both smaller premises and larger venues. Just some of the very recent projects that his team have been involved with include the installation of the new bars in the county stand at Aintree Racecourse and the renovation of the bar at the National Trust Property, Ickworth House. Shaun’s company were also awarded the contract to complete the installation of the countering and walling for the food concessions at the Olympic Park North for London 2012, a huge project that saw his team fit-out approximately 60 food units over a 4 month period.

Shaun will oversee the fabrication and installation of the specialist joinery products in the range that he has developed in collaboration with the Sports Clubhouses design and management team.

David Graves – Large Format Print Production Manager

David GravesDavid is a graduate from Winchester University who is fully qualified in the production of large format media printing.  He has vast experience in working with a variety of clients to produce high quality printed products for both the interior and exteriors of buildings.

The development of his technical knowledge has enabled David to gain a thorough understanding of print formats and media, which has lead to him developing a range of adaptable products for Sports Clubhouses. Exterior advertising hoardings for pitch fencing & Interior photographic prints are just some of the varied items that David is able to produce to provide personalisation to a project.

The majority of David’s spare time is taken up playing semi-professional football where he currently represents Merstham FC. He is also a keen Golf enthusiast and so fits in well with the other Sports Clubhouses team members and their passion for Sport.

Andrew Graves – Interior Fabrication Project Administrator

Andrew GravesAndrew is also a graduate from Winchester University; his remit is to ensure that the day to day management and administration of each interior fabrication project is completed to ensure a successful delivery.

Successful communication is key to Andrew’s role, whether it be with suppliers, clients or his own workforce. He has developed key relationships with suppliers to ensure that projects can be completed to the highest standard but at excellent value to the customer. Andrew provides valuable admin support to the onsite team and is the link between the client and the installation team. He has and continues to work closely with Carl and Andrew at Macdonald Design on a number of projects including the 2012 Olympic Park North project.

Sports and Travel occupy the majority of Andrew’s spare time, with football, golf and cricket being of particular interest. Andrew has played football for five years for Molesey FC, making 200 appearances in that time, many of them as team captain.

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