WHO WE ARE
Dinnington Rugby Club host weekly rugby for over 300 members, both juniors and seniors, at Lodge Lane, Dinnington. Established in 1967, the club grew from ex-Dinnington comp players who wanted to continue playing locally, and has grown to a junior section of over 250 players with teams at every age group, and a senior section of over 75 members. The Rugby Cub is host to the local School Games, and works with local schools closely through the Active Partnership's Satellite Clubs programme, supporting the pathway from school sport to club rugby. Over the Years, the club has provided the platform for many youngsters to pursue professional careers, with players like Chris Hallam and current 1st team coach Matt Challinor representing Rotherham then Doncaster Knights in the Championship, and Tom Powell captaining the England 7s team. Away from the performance side, the club has had a demonstrable impact on the lives of hundreds of young men and women from a difficult socio-economic background, giving them purpose, support and direction.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Lockdown has been tough on everyone, financially, physically and mentally. The club needs to be a leader in the community for how to bring Dinnington out of lockdown. Even with the support packages provided to the club, it is estimated that the club has lost between £8,000 and £24,000 this season (depending upon when we can re-open and how much we can fight to retain) due to the cancelling of fundraising events, closing of the bar, and lost sponsorship.
As the club has had to prioritise where it spends its limited resources, parts of the club have fallen in to disrepair. As a club, essential maintenance, upgrading of safety measures, keeping our venue secure and attracting people back to the club is a huge priority for us.
LOCKDOWN EFFORTS SO FAR
The club has been fighting hard to stay open, by engaging its volunteers and supporters to help keep the club maintained and prepared to re-open safely, and recently ran a working day as part of the Natwest #rugbyforce weekend:
And former First team players recently cycled over 100 miles in support of the mental health charity, Heads Together and the Rugby Club:
These initiatives, alongside this funding campaign, are all part of a wider effort by the members of the club, to rebuild, revitalise and re-engage the club and its membership.
Not one to back down from a challenge, club favourite Slinky raised a much needed £2,130 on a sponsored bike ride back in April when he new the club was facing tough times. Knowing his "second home" was in trouble, he dug deep and asked our members and supporters to support him in his fundraising efforts. The video is well worth watching! :)
The Club certainly hasn't sat still and and accepted its fate:
Now we hope you can help too! :)
The funds from this initiative are to be used on:
Here is a video explaining a little more: The Vision
OUR GOAL - GETTING PEOPLE (SAFELY) BACK TO THE CLUB
As well as the much needed safety measures and upgrade of the security system to keep our Club safe, the re-introduction of a gym, cardio area and exercise classes means we can encourage people and families safely back to the club for healthy and social activities that everyone is crying out for. The re-introduction of these activities will support the ongoing financial viability of the rugby club as it looks to diversify its services on offer and establish a "new normal" for how local community sports clubs continue to stay in operation whilst coming out of lockdown. Times are very challenging financially for the club, and whilst we wait for its core activities to return (rugby!) we need to find innovative ways to keep our club maintained and the doors open. We envisage that through the gym and exercise classes we can safely reintegrate up to 60 adults, attracting those either currently missing out on, or at the risk of missing out on physical and social activities at the direct result of COVID-19. Importantly, it will bring back a secure and long term revenue stream to a club that has lost thousands as a result of lockdown.
The club has always been a hive of activity, and the heart of the community, we need to bring that buzz back to the club and with your help, we will bounce back stronger than ever.
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.