Blackburn Rugby Club Restoration & Preservation

by Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club in Blackburn, England, United Kingdom

Blackburn Rugby Club Restoration & Preservation
We did it
On 15th April 2021 we successfully raised £30,764 ( + est. £1580.00 Gift Aid ) with 220 supporters in 56 days

We are hoping to raise vital funds to lessen the devastating impact on our income & reinvest into both BRUFC & the local community.

by Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club in Blackburn, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Following on from Dino's message on Sunday afternoon (21st Feb) it was always our thought that BRUFC would try & raise the funds to meet the £20,000 target & that we hoped to receive £8,000 from Sport England making a total contribution of £28,000 towards our Restoration & Preservation Project. 

Please help us to continue to push on towards our end goal of £28,000 & a massive THANK YOU to you all from BRUFC. 

“The future doesn’t just happen! It’s what we build together!”


WHO WE ARE!

https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/blackburn

We are a Rugby Club in the heart of Lancashire with 144 years of community spirit bringing families, friends & businesses together through the great sport. 

Ramsgreave Drive has been the home of Blackburn Rugby Club since 1932, where people of all ages come together, not only for the love of the game but to be part of a family that hits you in the heart once you have visited. 

An assured warm welcome to all, our facilities support the local community, whether a family celebration, retirement party or a business network lunch, hosting a number of different local sports clubs AGM’s or presentation evenings or hosting the annual Beer Festival in aid of Blackburn Youth Zone. BRUFC is here for the community through & through.

 

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?

 To quote our Director of Rugby, Dino Radice  

“The future doesn’t just happen! It’s what we build together!”

None of us envisaged the club being out of action for so long, nor the devastating effect it has had on our income streams. The last 12 months have significantly impacted on us being able to re-invest back into BRUFC & begin the essential maintenance required for us to safely re-open all areas of the clubhouse & changing rooms once allowed to do so.

Without replenishing the income taken away by the pandemic, impacts not only on the club itself but with those local businesses we have built key relationships with as suppliers & sponsors. 

WHAT WE WILL USE THE FUNDRAISING FOR!

We need to ensure that we are able to invest back into BRUFC & begin the essential maintenance required to enable us to safely re-open all areas of our club & grounds. 

1. Repairs to the leaking/rotting flat roof above the main clubhouse & also the boiler housing unit. Not addressing these essential repairs to the clubhouse will further impact on our income streams once government restrictions are lifted.

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2. Electrical repairs within the changing rooms to ensure that we are fully safe & compliant. 

3. New drainage required outside the club gym that is regularly flooding into the gym & damaging the flooring & equipment.

4. Full resurfacing of the all car park areas & pathway outside the clubhouse together with the creation of extra car parking spaces on top car park.

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5. Provision of outside bar & catering area to ensure we can provide additional facilities to visitors.

6. To create a safe outdoor spectator’s area for match days or private hire.

 

JUST SOME OF THE EVENTS WE HAVE ALL MISSED!

Sadly, in March last year the pandemic took hold & all rugby & social activity came to an abrupt end, creating significant implications for BRUFC both on & off the rugby pitch. 

National restrictions were lifted more fully in other parts of the country but still greatly hindered what we, in Lancashire, were allowed to achieve. We saw a glimmer of hope for just a few weeks & then full lockdown yet again. 

Here are just a few of the events the pandemic has cancelled in the last 12 months with no sight of when we can hold them again either. 

 

Dino’s Long Lunches 1613151927_1613151926467.jpegare famous across the county & beyond. A vital fundraiser that the club has missed out on, twice in the last season. The fun of the raffle & the fabulous auction prizes coupled with an amazing atmosphere make this event a day to remember. Not only do we raise funds for our rugby budget but we also raise funds for many well deserving charities such as East Lancashire Hospice, Brain Tumour Research, BK Heroes, Friends of Serenity & East Lancashire Stroke Assistance and Support.

 

Th1613152148_1613152144200.jpege Annual Summer Rugby Camp was hindered by local restrictions & the one planned for January 2021 was completely called off as restrictions increased across the whole nation. Another impact on income we heavily rely on in our fundraising. Removing the opportunity for children to improve their health & fitness both physically & mentally.      

 

A picture containing arrow  Description automatically generatedNeither have we been able to host the Blackburn Youth Zone's Annual Beer & Gin Festival which is a great community gathering & not only supports BRUFC but those in need within our local community, together with the networking fun with local businesses, whilst supporting such a worthwhile local cause. The facilities of the Rugby Club are an integral part to hosting such a vital event, which is BYZ’s biggest annual fundraiser & has been for the time we have been holding this event.

Being able to work closely with Blackburn Rugby Club also gives the Youth Zone a platform to advertise themselves to the local community on a business & personal level. Making the broader community aware of how so many families & children of Blackburn are supported by the Youth Zone & the value it can bring to all those who use/receive this support.

The Beer Festival also gives the opportunity to other local businesses to be able to network with other professionals together with taking advantage of advertising their individual businesses whilst providing essential support for the local community & disadvantaged families.

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Nor have we been able to push forward with a Sportsman’s Dinner as we would have hoped for & have in the diary for Summer 2021, which could be in jeopardy if restrictions continue. 

We work closely with these local businesses both on match days & throughout the week whether Beechs Butchers supplying our meat, to Thomas Moss for our fruit & veg suppliers, to Whalley Wine Shop, Bowland Brewery & Molson Coors for our wines, spirits & beers, Lathams of Broughton for their delicious deserts, to Ronset Printers for our Match Day Programmes, Adam Scott our Window Cleaner & Bee Mill Ribchester for all our laundry needs, Rigby Taylor for our fertiliser, seed & line marking paint. To Chris & Jimmy of Ham Landscapes tending to our grounds & Michael Evans for all things maintenance, as well as those who work hard as part of the Ramsgreave Kitchen & Bar Team. 

We really do need your help to protect the future of BRUFC & those who are part of our community family!

  

If you are missing us as much as we have missed you, please enjoy the video below. 


Thank you as always for your support.

 

 

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,000 or more

3 of 4 claimed

Dino's Long Lunch Guaranteed Table for 10 people

Our famous Dino's Long Lunches are sold out many times over & here we give you the opportunity to have a guaranteed table for 10 people. This will include arrival drinks, 3 course meal with Dino's favourite wine, entry to the match, all day musical entertainment, entry for all to the fabulous raffle, pre-notice of the auction prizes with an opportunity to pre-bid for something you have your eye on!

£5 or more

11 of 50 claimed

BRUFC Lapel Pin Badge

Receive one of our BRUFC Lapel Pin Badges as a thank you for your donation

£10 or more

9 of 18 claimed

BRUFC Mizuno Jingasa Bobble Hat

Donate £10 & receive a BRUFC Mizuno Jingasa Bobble Hat usually £12.50 from the club shop

£10 or more

Zoom Yoga 45 Minute Taster Session with Louise

Please donate £10 & receive a 45 Minute Taster Yoga Session kindly donated by Louise J.

£14 or more

7 of 18 claimed

BRUFC Mizuno snood

Donate £14 & receive a BRUFC Mizuno Snood usually £17 from the club shop.

£20 or more

3 of 50 claimed

BRUFC Gift Card

Donate £20 & we will send you a BRUFC Gift Card for £10 to spend at the club or for something from the club shop.

£25 or more

17 of 20 claimed

BRUFC Mizuno Large holdall with your initials

BRUFC Mizuno Large holdall with your initials usually £31 from our club shop

£30 or more

0 of 50 claimed

BRUFC Gift Card

Donate £30 & we will send you a BRUFC Gift Card for £15 to spend at the club or for something from the club shop.

£30 or more

4 of 6 claimed

1 Hour Sports massage from Complete Therapy

Donate £30 & receive a voucher for a 1 hour sports therapy massage usually £35, kindly donated by Complete Therapy.

£30 or more

17 of 20 claimed

BRUFC Mizuno Sapporo Hybrid Gilet

Donate £30 & receive a BRUFC Mizuno Sapporo Hybrid Gilet worth £35.50 from the club shop. Please indicate your size when pledging, thank you.

£30 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Vehicle MOT with Dales Automotive

Donate £30 & receive a free Vehicle Mot from Dales Automotive Barnoldswick usually £39 for (ALL MAKES/MODELS) (CLASS 4)

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 x Initial Assessment with Bespoked Physiotherapy

Please donate £40 & receive a voucher for 1 x initial physio assessment for new or existing injuries (valid for 12 months) - A Comprehensive assessment, appropriate treatment, exercise and advice - Usual price £50 kindly donated by Mark Taylor of Bespoked Physiotherapy, Clitheroe

£50 or more

1 of 50 claimed

BRUFC Gift Card

Donate £50 & we will send you a BRUFC Gift Card for £25 to spend at the club or for something from the club shop.

£65 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 Day Van Hire from A2B Self Drive, Barnoldswick

Please donate £65 to receive 1 day Van rental from A2B Van Hire, Barnoldswick usually £80 (excludes weekends & bank holidays) T&C's Apply

£75 or more

3 of 8 claimed

Personalised Pump Clip for our Bowland Guest Ale

Have a personalised Beer Pump Clip designed for your chosen occasion for a month of your choice during the rugby season (Sept to April). Whether your birthday/ anniversary/ business advertising or just for fun! Kindly donated by Bowland Brewery. *Subject to availability.

£80 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£100 to spend at The Holiday Shop, Blackburn

Donate £80 & receive a voucher for £100 kindly donated by Marina at The Holiday Shop, Blackburn. Turning your Holiday Dreams into Dream Holidays!

£80 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 x Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Screening

Please donate £80 & receive a voucher for 1 x musculoskeletal injury prevention screening kindly donated by Mark Taylor of Bespoked Physiotherapy, Clitheroe. Ideal for rugby players, runners, triathletes, footballers etc. Full assessment of injury history, future goals, training patterns, movement and strength. Post session you’ll get a full set of exercises to help improve performance and reduce injury risk. Usual cost £90

£100 or more

3 of 20 claimed

1-2-1 Rugby Coaching Sessions

Take the opportunity of having two personalised 1-2-1 coaching sessions with a member of our coaching staff. Complimented towards your own preferred rugby position & work on fitness, technique & style.

£150 or more

1 of 6 claimed

1st XV Mascot for the day

Arrive at the club for 12:30pm on your chosen match day & dine on the Match Day Committee table where you can enjoy a 3 course Lunch for 2 Adults & the Mascot. Meet with the team for pre match chat & lead out with them onto the pitch. Photos before KO and an opportunity to keep a signed match ball of the game you were mascot for. Present the Man of the Match prizes for both teams after the game.

£150 or more

Ramsgreave Platinum Club - £150

Be part of the Ramsgreave Platinum Club where you will receive a platinum club card with a balance added of £50 to redeem at the bar or towards anything from the club shop. You will also be entered into the Platinum draw where you will have the opportunity to win your donation back in full.

£250 or more

Ramsgreave Platinum Club - £250

Be part of the Ramsgreave Platinum Club where you will receive a platinum club card with a balance added of £100 to redeem at the bar or towards anything from the club shop. You will also be entered into the Platinum draw where you will have the opportunity to win your donation back in full.

£400 or more

Ramsgreave Platinum Club - £400

Be part of the Ramsgreave Platinum Club where you will receive a platinum club card with a balance added of £150 to redeem at the bar or towards anything from the club shop. You will also be entered into the Platinum draw where you will have the opportunity to win your donation back in full.

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Pitchside Advertising Board

Pitchside Advertising Board for the 1st XV Pitch for Season 2021 to 2022 whether business or personal & we will help you to design your 16ft x 2ft board to your specification

£600 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Match Day Sponsorship Table for 10 people

Donate £600 for a Match Day to remember! Enjoy an afternoon for 10 people to include match day entry, arrival drinks, 3 course lunch with wine & dedicated table service. In addition make your choice for our Man of the Match for both teams.

£12 or more

8 of 8 claimed

100 Club Membership

Be included in our 100 Club with 8 Special draws during the seasonal months of September & April 1st Prize £50: 2nd Prize £15: 3rd Prize £5 BRUFC Gift Card or addition to your Members Card

£15 or more

9 of 9 claimed

£20 to spend at Finch Bakery

Donate £15 & receive a voucher kindly donated by Finch Bakery for £20 to spend on anything you wish at www.finchbakery.com

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Optimal Skin ProFacial by Elysian Beauty Blackburn

Please donate £20 & receive a voucher to enjoy an ESPA’s iconic 60-minute Optimal Skin ProFacial usually £25 - kindly donated by Holly at Elysian Beauty Blackburn

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Back Neck & Shoulder Massage by Elysian Beauty

Please donate £20 & receive a voucher to enjoy a back, neck & shoulder massage, usually £25 - kindly donated by Holly at Elysian Beauty Blackburn

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 to spend at Finch Bakery

Donate £25 & receive a voucher kindly donated by Finch Bakery for £30 to spend on anything you wish at www.finchbakery.com

£30 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Full Car Valet from Wax On Wax Off Mobile Valeting

Donate £30 & receive a voucher for full car valet usually £35 kindly donated by Wax On Wax Off. Professional Mobile Valeting Service operating throughout the Ribble Valley, Blackburn, Preston and Burnley area.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 to spend at Finch Bakery

Donate £35 & receive a voucher kindly donated by Finch Bakery for £40 to spend on anything you wish at www.finchbakery.com

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Reflex Blue Mizuno Monarcida Neo Rugby Boots

Pledge £35 & receive a pair of Reflex Blue Mizuno Monarcida Neo Rugby Boots kindly donated by Mizuno available in adult sizes 6 to 14 (please state required size)

£45 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£50 to spend at Finch Bakery

Donate £45 & receive a voucher kindly donated by Finch Bakery for £50 to spend on anything you wish at www.finchbakery.com

£50 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Beechs Butchers Voucher

Donate £50 & receive a voucher worth £60 to spend at any Beechs Butchers shops. Kindly donated by Beechs Butchers Wilpshire.

£150 or more

2 of 2 claimed

4 Ball with Buggies at Mytton Fold Golf Club

Donate £150 & receive a voucher for a 4 Ball with 2 buggies kindly donated by Mytton Fold Hotel & Golf Complex

£240 or more

1 of 1 claimed

VW T6 Campervan for 3 days from Dales Leisure

Donate £240 & receive 3 days rental of a VW Transporter T6 Premium 4 Berth Campervan usually £270 kindly donated by Dales Leisure Vehicles giving you a great combination of indoor and outdoor camping experience. T&Cs apply & excluding Bank Holidays.

£300 or more

2 of 2 claimed

VIP wine tasting for 12 hosted by Whalley Wines

VIP wine tasting for 12 people hosted by Tom Jones of Whalley Wine Shop. Hosted either in your own home, office or in the sponsors lounge at the Club, to include all wines and the tasting itself. Kindly donated by Whalley Wines Shop valued at £360

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Traeger BBQ Pro 22-Blue and starter bundle

It's the reward you have all been waiting for!! Give yourself a weekend Traeger Treat by donating £500! Join the Traegerhood and bag yourself a Traeger BBQ Pro 22-Blue and starter bundle RRP £699! Subject to your location, you can even claim FREE delivery and a FREE starter lesson with our very own Tom Lavelle!

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