DRUFC Covid Fightback Fund

£8,175

raised of £10,000 target

76

supporters
81% 28 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by 5th September 2020 at 2:03pm

In the wake of Covid-19, we need to fight back and ensure the sustainability of Dunstablians RUFC for future generations.

by Dunstablians RUFC (Graham White) in Houghton Regis, England, United Kingdom

A moment of your time...

Please spare a moment to listen to the brief video interview with our Chairman, Jon Gilbert and to read about the vital role Dunstablians Rugby Club has in the local community and why we need your support for that to continue for future generations.

Finally, please browse the list of ‘Rewards’ we are offering you in return for your generous donation to our Fightback from Covid-19 campaign to see which is most appropriate for you, your family or organisation. There are rewards to entice you to:

  • re-join, if you are an existing member;
  • come and enjoy your fantastic local rugby club, if you are thinking of becoming a member;
  • support us in any way you can as a business sponsor or volunteer.

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Who are Dunstablians RUFC?

Founded in 1948 by the ‘old boys’ of Dunstable Grammar School, DRUFC has brought pleasure and friendship to many individuals and their families for over seven decades. In 1985 we moved to our present location just outside Dunstable, at Houghton Regis. We have grown to become an established rugby club within East Midlands and have over 450 members. 

What we have to offer our local Community

Adult and Youth Rugby

Up until the pandemic, DRUFC was a thriving rugby club. We fielded two Senior sides, provided a safe environment and coached Mini and Junior players in the age-groups Under 6 to Under 18, ran a Vets' team and a Ladies' Rugby section. The club was packed on Saturday match days and on Sundays the clubhouse and grounds entertained hundreds of children being coached or playing matches against other local teams.

Dunstablians 1st XV Squad 2020

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Dees at the NPI Cup Final - Twickenham

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Under 7s Mini Rugby

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Rugby Before Lockdown

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Our Social Scene

The club enjoyed a vibrant social scene and our excellent hospitality facilities were much sought after by the local community for children's parties, weddings, and other family celebrations.

Vice Presidents' Lunch

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Set up for a Wedding

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Summer-time Specials

During this summer, as usual we had scheduled; 'Summer Camps' for the children from local schools a marquee, in which we were due to hold our Club Presentations' night, a Summer Ball, a music festival, a family fun day, a wedding and a beer festival. We’ve had to cancel all of these events which has meant huge disappointment for those families and their friends who were looking forward to gathering and celebrating their special occasion and, above all, the club has lost those much-needed revenue streams.

Sportsmen's Dinner in the Marquee
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Family Fund Days

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Music Festival in the Marquee

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Our Partners

Apart from coaching and playing rugby, we are home to:-

  • Dunstablians Rugby Club Male Voice Choir, who meet weekly. They perform many concerts each year, mainly for charity. They have won several music competitions’ awards.
  • Camera club who meet weekly
  • Rugby Tots Chilterns – playing facilities for young toddlers 

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  • Chiltern Vehicle Preservation Group who have regular meetings at the club, utilising the space we have to show off members’ cars.

Sadly, our doors have been closed to all of these groups since lockdown.

Support from Our Local Town Councils and Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC)

Our local councillors and officers appreciate the encouragement and support we give families in the community. They see that our members are taught the core values of rugby and learn, from an early age, social as well as rugby playing skills.

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As Susan Goodchild, CBC Councillor – Houghton Hall Ward puts it

"The rugby club, set within the heart of the Houghton Regis Community, has been a strong continuous bond between the people and the players.  The discipline underpins the values of healthier lifestyles and builds social skills, which so many of our children and adults have benefited from.   The social aspect is highly valued as a place where civic functions, celebratory events of all kinds take place and where there is opportunity for the community to socialise and build lasting friendships”.

Why Do We Need Your Help Now?

Our Vision for the future

Over the next 10 years, approximately 7,500 houses are being built around us. We are, therefore, embracing the potential of becoming the main community centre for the many thousands of families who will be able to take advantage of the fantastic facilities we have to offer.

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With the major housing developments planned around our grounds, we recognise that there is a need to plan for the future so that we are prepared for the anticipated influx of players, especially in the youth age groups (6 to 17), as well as a significant increase in our social membership.

Our vision is to grow and continue to be a thriving, successful sporting facility for Dunstable and Houghton Regis and especially for the new development which will surround the club.

…but that is our longer-term goal. In the meantime…

We need to recover and survive

We must survive the devastating impacts of Corona virus and prepare ourselves for the future expansion of the club.

Your Donation now will help us recover quickly from Covid

Although we have reduced overheads all we can, our costs are still running at around £1,500 per month. In addition, all revenue streams have been cut-off since the end of March, which is why . . .

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We need you, our players, volunteers, sponsors and members of the public, to support us and ensure the sustainability of DRUFC. With your support and attendance, we can recover quickly from this crisis and get back to those fun days before Corona Virus.

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Please check out our list of amazing rewards being offered, in return for your generous donations.

New and Existing Members 

Grab this unique opportunity to gain a full year’s membership at a special reduced price that recognises, not only the financial hardship that many are suffering, but also the reduced availability of our facilities during lockdown. Please choose a reward most appropriate for you: Faithful Families – Calling All Senior Players (Male and Female) -  Supporters, Volunteers and Sponsors - Vice PresidentsThere are several other additional rewards you can add - Wall of Fame, Buy a Brick or receive Beer Tokens.

Post Covid - our Youth Section enjoying exercise and having fun again

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New Social Members

For a special introductory donation of just £15 (normally £60), we welcome anyone in the local community to join us as a social member. While Covid-19 continues to put us all at risk, come and enjoy the vast open spaces, the “Dunstablians Outdoor Bar”, BBQ area and other facilities we have at the Rugby Club, Bidwell Park, Bedford Road, Houghton Regis. It’s a great social scene.

Social distancing - no problem! 

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Corporate/Business Sponsors

We are appealing to any business in the wider community to support your local rugby club and take advantage of this special, half price Corporate/Business Sponsorship package, which includes a Pitch-side Advertising board and many other benefits. Alternatively, if you wish to sponsor a player, please choose the Player Sponsorship reward

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... and so - be sure to select the "Reward" most appropriate for your donation.

Please note:

If we can raise over £10,000 from over 100 supporters there is potential for the amount raised to be doubled with the match-funding opportunity on offer from the Sport England – Active Together campaign.

Thank you for your support

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Wall of Fame

A minimum donation of £10 will ensure that your name and portrait 'photo will be displayed on our "Wall of Fame" in the entrance foyer of the clubhouse.

£10 or more

£10 Bar Token

We want you to come to the club and support us and so a minimum donation of £10 will buy you a "Bar Token" which you can spend behind the bar.

£15 or more

New Social Members

For a minimum donation of just £15 (normally worth £60) come and enjoy a full year’s membership at Dunstablians Rugby Club. Great news - as a member, you’ll benefit from a 10% reduction on all purchases from behind the bar too. Persuade all your friends and family to come down and become new members as well or just join in the fun and meet new friends.

£20 or more

£20 Bar Token

We want you to come to the club and support us and so a minimum donation of £20 will buy you a "Bar Token" which can spend behind the bar.

£25 or more

Buy a Brick

A minimum donation of £25 buys a Brick (wooden plaque) engraved with your name, which adorn the Covid-19 Honours Board in the Members' Bar.

£30 or more

Supporters, Volunteers and Sponsors

A minimum donation of £30 lets us know that we have the backing of you, our friends in the local community and businesses. It demonstrate clearly that you wish your local sports rugby club to survive and prosper. We encourage our business sponsors to make this initial donation and contact our Chairman, Jon Gilbert (chairman@drufc.com) to discuss other incentives and sponsorship packages we have to offer our investors. DRUFC is open to all

£60 or more

Calling all Senior Rugby Players (Male or Female)

A minimum donation of £60 lets us know that you will be proud to don the Red, Silver and Black DRUFC rugby shirt and represent your club again as soon as you are permitted to do so. Meanwhile continue to stay fit and attend the twice weekly training sessions and help the club to recover from Cov-19 in any way you can.

£60 or more

Vice Presidents

As senior members of the club, your minimum donation of £60 shows that you are willing to invest in the club that has given you so much enjoyment over the years. It demonstrates your ongoing support and willingness to help the club survive. Your donation will also include a meal at the Covid-19 Fightback Vice Presidents' lunch to be held next season, when permitted.

£75 or more

Faithful Families

A minimum £75 donation demonstrates that you as a family are committed to and have faith in the future of DRUFC. We know that your children can't wait to meet and play rugby again with their team mates and be proud to represent the club as they were before the pandemic struck. Commitment now from you and your family will ensure our success and prosperity for future generations.

£90 or more

Player Sponsorship

For a minimum donation of £90 (£75 + VAT), normally £180 (£150 + VAT), your name or business will be advertised alongside the Player’s Profile in the match day programme and on the Player Sponsorship Board at the entrance to the clubhouse. (please contact the club to supply your logo artwork).

£150 or more

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Corporate/Business Sponsorship

For a minimum donation of £150 (£125 + VAT), normally £300 (£250 + VAT), please take advantage of this fantastic, business opportunity to sponsor your local rugby club. In return, you will benefit from a pitch-side, advertising board, containing your company logo and marketing message, inclusion in our match day programme as a “Club Sponsor” and a place at our Sponsors’ pre-match lunch. (please contact the club to supply your logo artwork).

Let's make 'DRUFC Covid Fightback Fund' happen

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