Clitheroe Rugby Club- Kicking On in '21

by Bob Wilkinson in Clitheroe, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th April 2021 we successfully raised £12,684 with 78 supporters in 35 days

To reduce the impact of serious income reduction seen since Mar '20 & to allow us to reinvest in rugby & continue to support our community

by Bob Wilkinson in Clitheroe, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

An extra money will help us to carry out some of the step-change improvement projects we have planned, which include:

  • Advertising to continue the increase in our mini/juniors section allowing the future continuation of our Club in the community.
  • Addition of an outdoor bar area for use on match days
  • Changing over to LED lighting throughout the building, enabling a substantially reduced carbon footprint and improving the changing rooms from the poorly-lit areas they are currently.
  • Upgrading the kitchen facility to allow for improved supply of food on senior and junior match days and for those hiring the facility
  • Upgrading our pitch floodlighting to minimum IRB standards of 100 Lux
  • Creation of an additional bar area within the clubhouse that can be used separately from the function area

INTRODUCTION

With this important Crowdfunder effort, we are requesting support from our club members, loyal supporters, local businesses and our local community as a whole, to help us move on from the impact of the pandemic. They do so purchasing the great variety of rewards available on this page, thus enabling us to "kick on in '21". 

"Kicking in in '21" means that we get back on track, not only in allowing us to continue to function as a rugby club in the best state possible by completing essential and improvement work, but also in enabling the subsequent effect of us helping us help those in our local community, whether it's the many players of all ages who are involved with the club or those in the wider community we help through our charitable efforts.

OUR PROJECT & HOW MONEY WILL BE SPENT INVESTING IN THE RETURN OF RUGBY

]There are some essential activities that need to be carried out as we return to rugby. There are also a number of improvement projects that we aspire to do dependent on available funds. This Crowdfunder campaign is critical to allowing us to complete all the Essentials and as many as possible of the Improvement Projects listed below.

Essentials

  • Keeping the Clubhouse maintained, welcoming and safe from a Health & Safety and inclusivity perspective, including making CRUFC COVID-secure by purchasing and installing sanitising stations, attendance data management etc – enabling safeguarding of all visitors and players
  • Keeping our pitches maintained and secure
  • Providing players of all ages adequate and safe equipment and kit, including the purchase of additional balls, bibs and equipment for the increased numbers in our minis and junior section
  • Purchase of playing kit and equipment for our soon-to-be Colts team
  • Advertising to continue the increase in our mini/juniors section allowing the future continuation of our Club in the community.
  • Upgrading the kitchen facility by purchase of additional equipment and basica remodelling to allow for improved supply of food on senior and junior match days and for those hiring the facility
  • Changing over to LED lighting throughout the building, enabling a substantially reduced carbon footprint and improving the changing rooms from the poorly-lit areas they are currently.
  • Replenish written off bar stock due to bar closure
  • Repainting of the clubhouse interior a to make it more welcoming for members and community users.

Improvement Projects

  • Addition of an outdoor bar area for use on match days
  • Upgrading our pitch floodlighting to IRB standards of 100 Lux
  • Creation of an additional bar area within the clubhouse that can be used separately from the function area

Thank you in advance for any assistance you give us.

OUR ORGANISATION

We are a lively and growing sporting organisation in the heart of the Ribble Valley, serving the residents of Clitheroe and its surrounding villages with the provision of rugby for all ages and abilities. 

As well as providing the sport of rugby, which itself acts as superb platform for individual and team development as well as enabling a social hub of massive importance during these changing times, the club itself is a critical focus point for the community it serves, being used for a multitude of regular and special events throughout a year.

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Formed in 1977, we have 2 established senior teams and junior sides catering for those aged 6 to 16. Furthermore, as well as being proud to align itself to the RFU values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship, the club consistently gives back to the community in which it operates whether that's simply allowing people to be active playing competitive sport in the right way but also to support a number of charities over the years. This last season and the season coming 21/22, we are supporting the two brilliant charities of Lancashire Mind and the Foundation for Ribble Valley Families.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON OUR CLUB & THE COMMUNITY IT SERVES

Along with rugby clubs across the land, Clitheroe Rugby Club had to cease all rugby in March '20. Roll on into 2021 and 3 lockdowns later, in between which we only had restricted opening of the club at weekends, the only thing we've been able to do relatively regularly is to have training for both seniors and juniors to keep some semblance of rugby continuing. The revenue we would rely on to function normally, coming from our regular competitive senior rugby league programme together with the hiring of our clubhouse for various activities, has been significantly impacted. 

Furthermore, no competitive rugby will be played until right at the end of this season at the very earliest and most likely into next season starting September 2021. Furthermore, with current COVID restrictions in place for some weeks or longer, there are very few signs that our revenue levels will rise to allow us to cover our costs, despite us making multiple changes to reduce our cost base to as low as possible.

This massive reduction in income seriously jeopardises the ability for the club to operate and all planned maintenance and improvement activities relating to grounds and buildings have been cut back.

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It's worth noting that our club is run by an army of volunteers with only those on the clubhouse bar team being paid. These many volunteers deliver over a thousand hours of volunteer time each year, maintaining the facilities, delivering community and social events, running the bar and kitchen, coaching, safeguarding and child protection, managing fixtures and training schedules, memberships, the club’s finances, governance and grant applications to name but a few.

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SUMMARY

Whilst the generosity of volunteers keeps the club running, maintenance and development costs money. As a club we always strive to be financially sound, however, the club income will continue to be adversely affected, with potentially significant impact on our development plans and cashflow projections, at least until rugby eventually returns, hopefully from September 2021. With revenue from match-days, clubhouse hire to individuals and organisations in the local community and social functions still zero, we have to look to alternative ways of plugging the revenue gap and this Crowdfunder campaign forms a crucial part of delivering doing so. Thank you to all those who can assist us in doing so by purchasing the fantastic range of rewards we've pulled together from both within the club and in partnership with local businesses who've kindly donated their goods and services.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

£25 for 10 beer tokens + £100 beer raffle entry

Buy your beer in advance, £25 worth in this case. By doing so, you'll also be given 1 entry into the raffle to win £100 of beer on a membership card

£5 or more

Raffle entry for a CRUFC Car parking space 21/22

£5 allows you to be entered into the raffle to "win" the use of your own car parking space on the rugby club car park for the whole of next season, 2021/22 See our club website for more details

£10 or more

£10 for 4 beer tokens

Buy your beer in advance, £10 worth in this case

£10 or more

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£10 for a 2021 CRUFC calendar

£10 gives you a Clitheroe Rugby Club calendar for 2021 showing action and other photos of what's been going on at the club in the past year or so. Your calendar can be personalised too with a message to whomever it's being given to thank them for their support. See our club website for more details

£20 or more

£20 Limited Edition Supporter T-shirt

We have some simple t-shirts, in a variety of colours, embroidered with the CRUFC badge and displaying the fact you've supported CRUFC

£20 or more

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£20 gets you your own CRUFC Teddy in club colours

Jenni has beautifully adorned some cute little teddies with their very own club colours. See our club website for more details

£25 or more

£25 for a CRUFC Kids Supporter Kit

The Kids Supporter kit is comprised of an embroidered boot bag and a water bottle

£25 or more

£25 Supporter Membership

This supporter membership will run from now until the end of the 21/22 season and enables reduced prices at the bar, access to International tickets and a range of discounts across town.

£30 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£30 Pie & a Pint pre-match hospitality

£30 for a pie and a pint (obviously you get more than one!) pre-match hospitality for you and a friend for a match of your choice between returning to play and to the end of the 21/22 season

£50 or more

£50 Donation

Please can you spare us fifty of your finest pounds to help a rugby club you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way and allows us to do what needs to be done.

£50 or more

£50 for 22 beer tokens

Buy your beer up front with a discount and because you've been extra kind you'll get another 2 free tokens. Furthermore, you'll also be given 2 entries into the raffle to win £100 of beer on a membership card

£50 or more

£50 for a Senior Supporter Kit

The £50 Senior Supporter Kit includes a club tie, a small kit bag and a supporter t-shirt

£60 or more

£60 Enhanced CRUFC Supporter Membership

The enhanced supporter membership option enables you to receive, as well as the standard supporter offering, an embroidered soft shell jacket

£100 or more

£100 Donation

Pledge a £100 donation to the club to help us get rugby ready for the end of the season and beyond.

£140 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£140 for a stunning aluminium print by Irene Amiet

A beautiful print from nature photographer Irene Amiet, sold through Knowletop Studio. The stunning photograph titled "Clitheroe Winter Dusk Panorama" is a print behind acrylic glass, sized 82cm x 30cm and shows a wonderful perspective of where many of us reside. It would normally cost £195.

£150 or more

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£150 for sponsoring a CRUFC player until May 2022

£150 will allow you to sponsor a CRUFC player of your choice from now until the end of the next season (ending May 2022). Your name is associated with the player on the website and times at which the player is mentioned in match reports. You will also receive, as sponsor, a CRUFC embroidered polo shirt with your logo and the player a training garment similarly labelled up. See our club website for more details

£200 or more

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£200 for a pitch side board for Season 21/22

£200 will get you or your company a large pitch-side advertising board for the season 21/22. Cost includes manufacture and installation (and it can then be maintained for £100 per season thereafter)

£300 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£300 to be one of our MATCHDAY SPONSORS

Be one of our match day sponsors, where you'll have a table for you and 5 guests to enjoy a pre-match meal, including table wine and beverages, we will promote your business via our Website and Social Media platforms leading up to and following the match. Furthermore, your business will be advertised on our club house ‘Match Day Sponsors’ screen, as well as awarding of the Man of the Match for both teams post-match See club website for more

£350 or more

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Sponsor a pitch-side board for 3 years

If you'd like the name of your business around our Littlemoor pitch then get yourself a bargain by signing up for the full 3-year term, which in turn allows you a £50 discount. Cost includes manufacture and installation.

£450 or more

Life Member

Become a Life Member of the club for a discounted price of £450. Once paid, no more annual membership to pay but all the benefits.

£500 or more

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Be a main sponsor of our 21/22 player training kit

Each senior player receives a training top as part of their membership and the sponsor's logo is applied to the front of the top.

£5 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£10 Voucher from the Friary Whalley for only £5

The Friary Whalley, based on King St are offering a £10 voucher for only £5 to use to buy their delicious traditional fish and chips or authentic Chinese meals

£5 or more

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Procters Cheeses Gift Pack

Grab yourself a £7.50 gift pack courtesy of Procters Cheese. Gift pack contains a 200g truckle of the wonderful Black-wax extra mature cheddar and a jar of Kick-Ass Chilli Jam

£5 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£5 only for a £10 Love is Churros Variety Box

Variety box of 6 churro loops, kindly provided by Love is Churros. The boxes, worth £10 need to be collected on Easter Monday 5rd April from their Clitheroe base (please note this is a fresh product and needs to be consumed on the day of collection, flavours change daily)

£15 or more

3 of 3 claimed

A £25 voucher for Roy Porters Traditional Butchers

Grab one of 3 £25 vouchers to spend on a great range of Rare Breed Beef, home-cured bacon, sausages, pies and cheeses, courtesy of Roy Porter Butchers in Chatburn

£15 or more

6 of 6 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 online at www.finchbakery.com

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A Cut & Blow Dry at the Hair Company

Get yourself a discounted cut & blow dry from stylist Leeann at the Hair Company, Clitheroe (normal cost £30) during June or July 2021. As an added bonus, along with the offer, you get the chance for a half price colour, a saving of up to £40 on the highest price colour.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A round of golf for 2 at Whalley Golf Club

Normally costing £40, take advantage of a half price offer for a round of golf for 2 at Whalley Golf Club.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A cracker of a cheese hamper worth £30

Instead of the gift pack kindly donated by Procters Cheese of Chipping, upgrade to the full size Cheese Hamper worth £30

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 for a Level 2 bike service at the Green Jersey

Get your bike serviced to Level 2 standard, a service normally costing £70

£40 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Pay £40 for a £50 "Shop Clitheroe" Voucher

The Shop Clitheroe vouchers can be spent in more than 40 stores in town so when you're out and about all you need to do is look for the Shop Clitheroe logo. More details can be found on the visitclitheroe.co.uk website

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Half a Lamb, or a whole one if you buy twice!

We have a locally reared lamb available, courtesy of Fell Side Farming and rather than the normal cost of £75 for a half, it's available here for only £50.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 LANX Voucher to spend in store or online

Lanx have kindly donated a £100 voucher that can be spent both in store and online on their wonderful range of shoes

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 for a signed Sale Sharks playing shirt

We've been kindly donated a Sale Sharks away playing shirt from 19/20 season, that's been signed by the playing squad. See our club website for more details

£225 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Gisburne Park Pop Up 6 person hexagon for May Bank

Gisburne Park Pop Up- 6 Person Silver Hexagon for the May Bank Holiday Party in the Park family shows. Worth £270! Choice of one of the Family daytime events Saturday 29th May – The Family Show Sunday 30th May – Fleetwood Bac Monday 31st May – Mamma Mia Live

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

VIP Wine Tasting for 12 hosted by Whalley Wines

VIP wine tasting for 12 people hosted by Tom Jones of Whalley Wine Shop. This can be done at your own home, in the club or at work (!), of course, once relevant restrictions are lifted, and everyone who attends these events has a fab time. Normally costing £30 per head, grab yourself a great afternoon/evening with friends.

£325 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Gisburne Park Pop Up - 6 Person Bronze Hexagon

Gisburne Park Pop Up - 6 Person Bronze Hexagon for the close to SOLD OUT May Bank Holiday Party in the Park. Normal price is £390! Choice of one of the Party in the Park evening events Thursday 27th May – Symphonic Ibiza Friday 28th May – Sam Divine, Monki & Jess Bays Saturday 29th May – Solardo & Maur Sunday 30th May – Eats Everything & Melé Inclusive of complimentary Moët & Chandon cocktails on arrival

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£500 to be the Key Sponsor for our U16s/Colts side

Our U16s will be moving up to Colts next season and are in need of a new kit in which they can play a number of games as we return to some level of competitive rugby in 2021 and then as they progress into the Junior Colts age group next season. The sponsor will have their name emblazoned across the front of the playing jersey and will be mentioned on our busy website and at times when the Colts are mentioned in match reports and related posts.

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