Bracknell Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union team based in Bracknell, Berkshire. The club was established in 1955 and has served the community ever since. Bracknell RFC is known for a friendly welcome and a highly dedicated executive, coaching teams and volunteers. It is always looking for new members, players, coaches and volunteers.
The club runs five senior sides, a ladies team, under-19 and under-17 academy sides and the full range of minis and junior teams. The senior sides play on Saturday afternoons and train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The highly successful ladies and juniors usually play Sunday afternoons with training on Wednesday evenings and the minis train and play on Sunday morning. 1XV will play in the Wadworth South West 1 East league.
Lily Hill Park is based off London Road on the south edge of name-sake Lily Hill Park, about 20–30 minutes walk from Bracknell train station. Bracknell have played in and around Lily Hill Park since 1958, with the first club house situated in Eastern Road. In 1972 the site of the original club house was sold and a new club house was built at the present site at London Road, along with additional pitches and changing facilities. During the 1980s the club house was expanded further, with gym facilities upgraded and improved floodlights installed.
In 2000, after achieving promotion to tier 2, a 250 seat grandstand was installed, along with a path for spectators besides the pitch. Current capacity at the club is approximately 1,000 standing, along with 250 in the stand, bringing the total figure to around 1,250.
During this inexplicable period of time, the club continues to plan its recovery. Operational costs still have to be met and there are some improvements that were planned to improve the facilities, but, these have been put on hold. The club is regularly used by Art groups, Exercise classes and Charity organisations for meeting and seminars. the club is the base for many other organisations and having to restrict its availability causes further challenges to our ongoing financial viability.
COVID-19 Lockdowns have had a serious effect on our finances
The ongoing lockdown restrictions have resulted in substantial loss of revenue and we are subsisting on dwindling reserves. We had been building up our reserves to pay for improvements to our Clubhouse.
What You Can Do
In light of this, the club are looking to access the scheme jointly launched by Sport England and Crowdfunder to raise £10,000 to enable us to improve the facilities, and provide the upkeep and ongoing maintenance of our existing facilities by our volunteer work force. The joint initiative provided by Sport England and Crowdfunder will pledge a 50% match (up to £10K) to our proposed sum. In order for us to obtain the pledge we have to raise 25% of our £10K target and to get the pledge we have to raise the full amount. this is where you, our valued sponsors, members, and supporters can help. Please help us through these extraordinary times and contribute to the ongoing development of your club.
We pride ourselves on being a community club and attract thousands of local people to our club to attend a variety of social events including an award-winning annual beer festival. Our fireworks spectacular has always been a sell-out and enjoyed by hundreds of children of all ages.
The Covid-19 pandemic meant that no rugby matches have been played since March. Unfortunately this also meant that none of our fundraising activities could take place. This has severely affected our revenue for nine months, although the overheads involved in running our club remain. We lost 90% of our income in 2020 but the bills still had to be paid.