It was our 140th anniversary last season and we had anticipated a lot of income at events to celebrate this and finish the season in style.. These events have been cancelled as have some summer weddings and other planned activities. Even after lockdown easing it is highly likely that we will lose most of our income this summer due to restricted footfall and additional costs associated with Covid. We need support to both help us stay afloat and carry out improvements through these difficult times
We pride ourselves on being active within the community engaging with schools, colleges and other community groups on a regular basis supporting both our members and the local community continually. We host organisations ranging from the local brass band, mental health initiatives, community groups, Weighwatchers and Butterflies which is a support group for recently bereaved. We have strong links to our local College of FE with some of their apprentices using our grounds for work experience eg bricklaying and in return using our sports facilities. Hartlepool Rovers is also used as a base for various groups raising money for charities, Local and national charities include Cancer Research, Help for Heroes, Teenage Cancer Trust and the RVI hospital. Here is a drone video of Hartlepool Scooter Club having a Cancer charity event hosted at our club. Drone footage
In addition we are consistent and proud supporters of the RNLI and the local Hospice with recent donations being pictured.
Every penny that we raise will be used to help Hartlepool Rovers and enable us to continue to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for our local community.
Ability not disability
At Hartlepool Rovers we pride ourselves on focussing what our young players can do rather than excluding them for what they cannot do. Please read these words from the mother of Josh and the parents of Seb who are in our tag and minis teams.
"Josh is now aged 8 and has been a part of the Rovers Rugby Club family since he was 5. Up to then, he had completed a year at rugby tots. Josh is non verbal and has delayed development due to trauma and neglect in the first 13 months of life with birth parents. Due to this Josh has attachment issues and when joining Rovers he played alongside the other children rather than engage with them, would rarely look at adults let alone interact with them.
I had approached two other clubs before settling on Rovers and this was due to their openness and willingness to accept Josh and myself into the club. Before we arrived for our first Little Monkeys session, the coaches had already been briefed about his needs which meant that for once, I did not have to explain our situation which was a great relief. Josh is only able to join in if I also play and this was accepted immediately. Coaches and parents alike welcomed us and helped if Josh was being ‘challenging’ and I felt supported. We have moved into the minis and again, Josh is included in all training and every game with the Rovers’ coaches approaching the opposing team, explaining the situation and getting approval for Josh to be on the pitch with me there too. I can’t explain what this acceptance means to me and the fact that the other team is already aware means no awkwardness for us.
He has developed his physical skills, team playing, working with others and understanding through the coaching sessions. He interacts with the other children and loves the adults – shaking hands with them at the end of a session, signing thank you and going over to say Hello when he arrives. He loves attending and has missed it during lockdown. Josh now has friends on the team, he has been to birthday parties (prior to this he had only ever been invited to 2 parties ever), plays with the other children in the clubhouse after training and he is accepted by them, the parents and the club. I am so pleased we chose Rover’s to be our club. The inclusivity is second to none and we can’t wait to get back to training sessions."
"Seb was born 15 weeks early, weighing only 2lbs and suffered a number of health complications as a result of his prematurity. It was later discovered that he has a very rare genetic condition and also an element of hearing loss.
Because of the complex health issues Seb experienced as an infant his parents, Jim and Lauren were keen to involve him in a team sport to help his social and personal development. Because Jim also played as a junior at Rovers, it felt like the natural choice.
Seb has been involved at Rovers since age 4, joining the little monkeys before progressing to tag rugby. His involvement in junior rugby has really helped him to develop his physical, motor and concentration skills and much of that is a credit to the inclusive nature of the coaching he has received. The awareness the coaches have of how best to position themselves to effectively communicate with Seb, means he gets the most he can from every session.
Whilst Seb enjoys training, what he truly relishes is his social interactions, the friends he has made and more recent his confirmed membership of the club. He loves calling in for a can of pop and a gossip with Sandra(the stewardess) and has been known to do a stint as the duty D.J in the lounge. Well known at the club, Seb is truly accepted and included in everything that Rovers has to offer"
And here is a video of one of our coaches explaining what it is like to get involved with the younger players Coaching
Part of the team
We have had great success setting up our women and girls teams and now have a full pathway for female rugby. As well as the physical benefits this training and playing brings there are also positive factors for mental health . Please take a few moments to look at this video from the RFU and see what it means for Alex to be able take part at Hartlepool Rovers RFU video of Alex
What Hartlepool Rovers would like to do
We have identified the following areas that we would like to target to meet the challenges of Covid and provide better facilities for our members, players and supporters.
Firstly we want to carry out interim improvements to our current changing facilities to provide additional, portacabin capacity so that we can both socially distant better and also provide integrated showering capability. For our girls and junior teams particularly having to go along a corridor to a communal shower is off putting for many. By providing en-suite showering we hope to attract yet more players and serve the needs of the community better. An image of where we would like to get to is below
Secondly we aim to improve the condition of our toilets, especially the Ladies, which are showing their age. Despite several coats of paint! Again an image of what we may wish to achieve is below.
Finally we want to provide more outdoor seating and other facilities so that people are more socially distant and to minimise the risk of Covid transmission. We have a large outdoor area that we can transform if we have the resources. Hopefully to something like this.