Leigh RUFC Pay it forward campaign

by Derek Leake in Leigh, England, United Kingdom

£17,407

raised of £20,000 target

102

supporters
87% 40 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 29th October 2020 at 2:09pm

Leigh RUFC needs your support to aid our ongoing challenges and to help fund improvements created by the present extraordinary circumstances

by Derek Leake in Leigh, England, United Kingdom

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Our organisation

Leigh RUFC is a well-established, RFU accredited club with a strong presence within the local community. Formed in September 1948 and re-located to the current location in 1961, the club has continued to develop grass roots Rugby Union in Leigh, an area with high levels of deprivation and consequently high levels of health inequalities. The club is here to support our local community through:

  • Improving health and wellbeing through sport
  • Creating active communities via Bowling, Bridge and Drama clubs
  • Championing diversity and inclusion via Ladies and inclusive rugby 
  • Promoting the core values of Rugby Union within teams
  • Offering opportunity1598357397_winners.jpg for all

The teams we run: 

  • 3 senior mens
  • 1 U18s mens
  • 1 senior womens
  • 1 u18s womens
  • 1 u15s womens 
  • 1 casuals team
  • 10 Minis and Juniors 

We are fully inclusive & hold bi-annual mixed-ability rugby days along with the Junior county finals

We have held mental health and drugs awareness courses for teenagers from the locality and fund heart screening for 15-18-year old players.

Along with rugby we offer our fields to a local junior football club (membership 120+) who use the facilities, training on Mondays and playing on Saturday mornings.

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Our impact on the local community

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We hold differing events over the years, some of which have included open air boxing, charity fundraisers for the Air Ambulance, large scale openair community days and we hold a 3 day Beer and Gin festival in September along with a community Bonfire and Firework event every November and the annual brass band concert and carol singing at xmas

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Our function room is used by the local Bridge club on Tuesdays and Lowton Operatic and Dramatic Society on Thursdays. We also provide a monthly meeting space for the Royal British Legion, Royal Airforce Association, Leigh Antiques Club and a driving school.

The effects of COVID-19 on Leigh RUFC 

Entirely run by volunteers, the club is heavily reliant on match-day revenue and social functions for finance. This came to an abrupt halt in March with the Covid-19 outbreak. We had to close the clubhouse at short notice, just as we were entering our most profitable time of the year. 

The virus threat has had a devastating effect on our short-term plans and cashflow projection.

We lost the revenue from the remaining home games and have had to cancel our largest fund raisers including the Annual Dinner, the Leigh RUFC Beer & Gin festival, the Inclusive/Mixed Ability Rugby day and the Bonfire and Firework evening. 

We have reduced our overheads as much as possible, but this still leaves costs of around £750 per month covering such items as:

  • Utility payments, security payments, insurance & financial charges;
  • Pitch maintenance for 5 fields;
  • Additional safety measures required  from the impact of COVID 19 to ensure the safe participation of visitors, supporters and players alike.

We have continued to tread water but other essential work has been put on hold.

Why do we need the funding?

The club has experienced an interruption in income that seriously jeopardises the maintenance and clubhouse upgrades which had been scheduled for the coming months. We need to be ready for when the Covid restrictions are relaxed to enable a smooth transition back to normality.

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How will we spend the money raised?

  • Installing an outside defibrillator cabinet to allow our defibrillator to be accessable to the community at all times
  • Heart Screen Junior/Colts players
  • Replace the guttering above the boiler house before we get more water damage
  • Refurb the foyer and the back room to encourage groups to use the facility
  • Insulate the cellar to reduce electric costs and our carbon footprint
  • Install a security gate to the fields to discourage unlawful use
  • Repair and repaint the clubhouse frontage to encourage more community groups to use the facility

What You Can Do

In light of the income loss, the club are looking to access a scheme jointly launched by Sport England and Crowdfunder to raise £20,000 to enable it to improve the facilities, both playing and non-playing, 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 upto 50% match (up to £10K) to our proposed sum if we are successful. In order for us to obtain the pledge we have to raise 25% of our £20K 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.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

18 of 30 claimed

Pledge £10

Pre-payment of your Social membership will give the club the cash flow that it needs over the next few months and you will save £5 against next years price of £15

£1 or more

1 of 25 claimed

Half term rugby camp on the 26th of October

This is a fantastic offer from TRYIt Rugby Academy. A half term rugby camp on the 26th of October with a guaranteed place for any child aged 3-16 to attend on the stated day. For more information about times and guidelines visit the TRYIt Academy website www.tryitrugbyacademy.com

£5 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Pledge £5

Each £5 pledged entitles the donor to a pie and pint before the first home game on resumption of rugby.

£5 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£10 Reward

£10 Voucher towards massage therapy. Kindly supplied by Lorraine Grainey

£8 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£10 Reward

£10 voucher for mobile hairdressing services. Thanks to Samantha Birtle

£8 or more

11 of 12 claimed

£8 Reward Large Leigh RUFC Branded Umbrella

Stay dry when rugby returns with a bargain priced, large, Leigh RUFC branded Umbrella RRP £15

£15 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Pre-Pay for the Fireworks and Bonfire 2021

On the night price £20. Pre-Pay for a family ticket for the Community Fireworks and Bonfire Spectacular in 2021 and save money.

£15 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£20 voucher for use at The Trophy Room

£20 reward voucher for use at The Trophy Room,Railway Rd, Leigh. Provided by Paul Walsh

£20 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Former Tofts Match Luncheon

Former Tofts Match Luncheon - £25 if booked next year. The Former Tofts are having a pre-match luncheon at a yet to be selected game this season. Meal, drinks and match entry. Paying upfront is a great way to budget, will guarantee your place and help the club with cash flow

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward for Moblie Hairdressing

£25 voucher towards a free cut and blow with every colour. Samantha Birtles Moblie Hairdressing. Thanks to Samantha

£20 or more

7 of 30 claimed

Former Vikings Pre-Match Luncheon

Former Vikings Match Luncheon - £25 if booked next year. The Former Vikings are having a pre-match luncheon at a yet to be selected game this season. Meal, drinks and match entry. Re-live the stitch ups, the first 2 mins of playing at Heywood Rd and the double winning unbeaten season of 2013. Paying upfront is a great way to budget, will guarantee your place and help the club with cash flow

£20 or more

18 of 80 claimed

Old Boys Pre-match Luncheon

The Old Boys are having a pre-match luncheon at a yet to be selected game this season. Meal, drinks and match entry. Paying upfront is a great way to budget, will guarantee your place and help the club with cash flow.

£20 or more

3 of 19 claimed

Ladies luncheon

The Ladies are having a luncheon at a yet to be selected game this season. Meal, drinks and match entry. Paying upfront is a great way to budget, will guarantee your place and help the club with cash flow. Normal price £25.

£30 or more

3 of 15 claimed

Pre pay towards next years Annual Dinner.

Pre-Pay for the 2021 Annual Dinner, get a £5 discount and help the club with its short term cash flow. £35 next year

£30 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Function room hire for ony £30

Hire our function room for a special event. A pledge of £30 will get one nights room hire with the room dressed. (some nights will be unavailable due to prior bookings) Normal price £60

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£50 voucher towards printing

£50 voucher towards printing at Collins & Darwell, Printers, Leigh. Kindly donated by Collins & Darwell

£60 or more

16 of 20 claimed

Pre-Pay your non-playing full membership £65

Pre-payment of your non-playing full membership will get you a £5 discount and give the club the cash flow that it needs over the next few months.

£95 or more

14 of 15 claimed

Pay it forward - £100 drinks card. 5% discount

For £95 you will receive a pre-paid card with £100 credited to it. It can be used at the bar for any of the extensive range of draught beers, lagers, ciders or spirits. Taking up this offer is a great way to budget for when we return to rugby and help the club survive mid-term.

£250 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Pitch perimeter advertising

We want to support local business. Pledge £250 today and we'll reward you with a pitch perimeter advertising hoarding for 12 months around our new pitch and the company logo featured on our website

£400 or more

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1st Team Match Sponsorship

Entertain your guests and boost you company profile. Pledge £400 today and we'll reward you with all the trimmings of a first team match sponsor including pre match meal and drinks for yourself and up to 6 invited guests on a match day of your choice

£500 or more

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Mini or Junior Team Sponsorship

MINI or JUNIOR TEAM SPONSORSHIP Why not become a team sponsor for one of our renowned Junior teams. For just £500 your company logo will be prominently printed on a brand new playing kit. You will also receive recognition on the club website.

£1,000 or more

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Book our function room for 12 months

Book our function room for 12 months. You will get sole use of the function room for 12 months on your chosen day if it is still available. Full bar service will be included. (T&C apply)

£2,000 or more

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Sponsorship package inc 4 England 6 Nation tickets

A gold standard sponsorship package. Leigh RUFC Social membership & 4 cat1 tickets to an England home 6 Nations international. (RFU Ticketing Terms and Conditions apply and will be distributed). Package includes: Social membership. 4 tickets to an England home 6N game. Advertising board around the 1st team pitch. Match day hospitality for 4 to a selected 1st team game. Advertising on the club website and social media

£2,000 or more

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Junior Section Lead Sponsor

Every parent wants to keep his or her child safe. For many parents of rugby players, it's not just sprains and strains that cause anxiety; it's the possibility of an undiscovered heart condition. Leigh RUFC have heart screened a number of junior players over the past few years but due to the club closure/no income we are not able to repeat this. Can you help?

£2,000 or more

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Colts Section Lead Sponsor

Every parent wants to keep his or her child safe. For many parents of rugby players, it's not just sprains and strains that cause anxiety; it's the possibility of an undiscovered heart condition. Leigh RUFC have heart screened a number of junior players over the past few years but due to the club closure/no income we are not able to repeat this. Can you help?

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ladies pre-match luncheon

Former Tofts Match Luncheon - £25 if booked next year. The Former The Ladies are having a pre-match luncheon at a yet to be selected game this season. Meal, drinks and match entry. Paying upfront is a great way to budget, will guarantee your place and help the club with cash flow

£450 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sponsor a Defibrillator Cabinet

Pledge £450 for an outdoor defibrillator cabinet and we will put your name on the box. An outdoor defibrillator cabinet will provide protection against harsh weather conditions and provides a vital service to the local community . Placing a defibrillator in a cabinet also helps the public easily identify it's location. Delivering treatment within 3-5 minutes after Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) increases survival chance from 6% to 74

£1,200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Hire one of our fields for 12 months

Hire one of our fields for 12 months at a discounted price of £1200. Normally £1500. You will get use of one of Alf Bents fields for 12 months at your chosen time/day if it is still available.

Let's make 'Leigh RUFC Pay it forward campaign' happen

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