Nottingham Casuals Club Development

by Nottingham Casuals RFC in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £26,707

raised so far

+ est. £2070.25 Gift Aid



Help us widen rugby participation in our community, improve our facilities and become carbon neutral. Easy, right?

by Nottingham Casuals RFC in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 22nd December 2023 we'd raised £26,662 with 310 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Clubhouse extension and further refurbishment, including more changing space. Grounds improvement, including floodlights and parking areas.



With a history of over 100 years, Nottingham Casuals is a community rugby club that is open to all. We have around 450 active players aging from 3 to 67 who come from all over Nottingham and beyond. We have three senior men's teams, a women's team, University of Nottingham Medics teams (men and women), Nottingham Hurricanes IGR team plus 17 teams of minis, juniors and girls all training and playing at Canalside. These numbers continue to grow year on year.

We are passionate about ensuring that anyone can be involved in rugby and we need to improve our facilities to support this.

Our membership fees are kept low to ensure we're as inclusive as possible, but this means that fees only cover the essential running costs. So here we are, we're crowdfunding!



As we recover from the impact of Covid restrictions and contend with high running costs, we are going to raise £25,000 which will go towards funding (in order of priority as we raise enough to invest in each): 

  • Solar panels – to provide electricity for use and to sell back to the grid. We will lower our bills by 2/3rds, and in 5-7yrs we'd make the cost back. This will include roof repairs which are needed anyway and this has the added benefit of making Casuals a net zero carbon footprint club! Estimated Cost = £40-45k
  • Borehole and irrigation system – to irrigate our grounds to keep pitches and training areas in superb condition. The pitches are used everyday of the week, throughout the season. We had to cancel games for safety concerns last season and being on a flood plain means we never retain water in the soil. This project will allow our groundsmen to provide some lush grass to get our boots stuck into and ensure the pitches remain playable throughout the season. Estimated cost = £25,000.
  • Kitchen refurbishment – to enable provision of a high quantity of good quality catering. There is only enough space for one person in our current kitchen and this makes it almost impossible to cater for 300 kids on a Sunday and limits the options of what can be cooked. Improving the kitchen will allow us to cater for our numbers, use more energy efficient equipment and be able to offer healthier food that also carries a lower carbon footprint. Estimated cost = £20,000

These projects will make vital savings for the club and bring in extra revenue that we will plough into further improvements. 



Casuals have seen an amazing increase in membership over recent years. We will improve our club to support that growth and encourage wider participation from underrepresented communities, whilst becoming more environmentally sustainable and keeping membership costs affordable. We're pretty much at capacity in terms of pitch usage and we really struggle for social space, especially on Sundays.

When we achieve our £25,000 target, we may be eligible for further funding from external funders. The world is our oyster right now, so please support our club in this ambitious challenge! 

This Crowd Fund is just the first step in our plans for club development, with lots more exciting things to come. The club will become the place to be for the local community.



There are loads of options for you, all of which will have a fantastic impact on our community: 

  • Donations 
  • Use this Crowd Funder page to pay for our products or services. Just select the amount to pay as a donation* 
  • Gift aid on donations
  • Annual sponsorship deals 
  • Volunteering  
  • Fundraising events 
  • Prize draws 

*if the amount that you would like to donate / pay is not shown in the rewards section, please make multiple donations to total the correct sum.



Longer term projects:

  • Floodlights - To improve our lighting to our training pitches, also to install floodlights to our 1st team pitch for midweek fixtures and to use the same pillars to provide lighting to one half of the 2nd team pitch to increase our training space
  • Extend our buildings - we have planning permission for an extra set of changing rooms, but we need some more indoor social space in the clubhouse too

Some really exciting developments that the club desperately needs to continue growing and providing facilities for all Casuals this season and for seasons to come.



We've been working hard already to improve the club's impact on the environment and expand our community. Here are just some of the projects that we've already invested in over the last year:

  • Insulated the clubhouse ceiling
  • Electricity savings: timers, lighting efficiency improvements and smart switches
  • Introduced a recycling system
  • Planted hedgerows and trees
  • Installed a defibrillator box for community use
  • Added sanitary products provision
  • Refurbished the ladies' toilets
  • Added baby changing facilities
  • Bought new match kits
  • Bought new training equipment
  • Delivered a tournament for local schools to increase participation
  • Invested in our girls and colts recruitment
  • Installed a new till system for the bar
  • Bought a scoreboard


Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions about donations, sponsorship or fundraising events, please email [email protected]






This project offered rewards

£5 or more

Quiz Night - 31st January

Following the success of the quiz night in November, we are back with a new quiz for 2024. Same stupid format, but perhaps more structured so we finish before bedtime! Bring your own thumbs!

£3 or more

£5 off a group workshop at Cyrilyn Silver

Fancy giving jewellery making a go? Create something beautiful for yourself or for a loved one. Another great present idea!! Check out Cyrilyn Silver at and get £5 off a workshop booking when you buy this reward. Discount must be used by 30 June 2024.

£5 or more

20% off 4 or more Doughnotts (multiple use)

Opt for donating £5 via this particular reward and you qualify for 20% off when you buy 4 or more doughnuts. MULTIPLE USE*! Check out their scrummy offerings at *One use per visit i.e. don't take the mick and pass it on to your mate in the queue!! Voucher valid until 31/01/24, not for use on already discounted goods. Use instore in Beeston store.

£10 or more

The menu of dreams - Pudding Pantry discount code

Opt for donating via this particular reward and receive a 10% discount at Pudding Pantry Beeston. Valid Monday to Friday, discount period ends 31/01/2024. Can be used once per day on multiple occasions until expiry date.

£10 or more

Red Rose training session special offer

For those who attended the Sadia Kabeya sessions only. If your child attended the coaching and Q&A session with Sadia on 12 November and would now like to book to join Ella Wyrwas's session (date to be confirmed). You can book the second session for £10 through this reward so you benefit from the £25 offer to book both sessions still.

£10 or more

Pre-sale The Great Casuals Camp Out - Pitch

Reserve your pitch for your tent, caravan, motorhome...or whatever you want to sleep in! Saturday 13 July 24 will see the first annual Great Casuals Camp Out. Camp on the training area, party in the club, play on the pitches, enjoy bands performing on the gantry, chow down on yummy scran. Ticket is for pitch only. Price will be £15 per pitch after 22 December. More details to follow re the event. Book it in your diary

£10 or more

Quiz Night - January 24

Form a team, max 6 people and get yersen dahn to the Club on Weds 31 January 2024. £10 per person, includes entry to the quiz and a drink from the bar. If you'd like to come along and don't have a team. Book anyway, we'll find you a team. Snacks provided but eat your dinner before!

£15 or more

Train with a current England player!

Hop on the WXV support train! Join Sadia Kabeya (England & Loughborough) and/or Ella Wyrwas (England & Saracens) at Casuals for an hour training followed by a Q&A session. Price includes hot dog. Book a place on both sessions and save £5! Sadia - Sunday 12 November 2023 from 2pm. Ella - Spring 2024, precise date to be confirmed when back from WXV. Read more:

£20 or more

10% off a lifestyle family photoshoot

Pledge £20 or more through this reward and you will qualify for a 10% discount on a fantastic family lifestyle* photoshoot with Beeston based Kat Shot This. See her beautiful work at and contact Kat with any questions. Contact details are on the website or message via Instagram kat.shot.this *photoshoot to take place in the NG postcode area.

£25 or more

10% off a wedding or anniversary ring workshop

Spend the day as a couple at Cyrilyn Silver in Beeston, creating your own bespoke wedding or anniversary rings from silver. When you buy this reward, you will qualify for a 10% discount on wedding or anniversary ring workshop. Current cost is £395 per couple. Discount to be used by 30 June 2024.

£30 or more

Pre-loved, with more love to give!

Pre loved IKEA Micke child's desk (white with blue drawer and cupboard front) 105cm x 50cm and IKEA Orfjall child's office chair (green). Would be £145 new. Photos or more info available on request

£30 or more

Senior Tour 2024 - DEPOSIT

May 10th - 12th, 2024 Senior Tour DEPOSIT Only

£30 or more

2025 Senior’s Easter Tour - Early Bird Deposit

2025. Easter. 3 nights. Europe. 18th to 21st April Limited spaces.

£49 or more

Buy a brick

Immortalise your love for your club by having your own brick in the clubhouse for all of eternity! A single brick will afford you two lines of up to 15 characters each including spaces, a double brick will get you twice that.

£100 or more

Pay it forward - Youth section membership

Help us continue to offer rugby for all by donating to our hardship fund. £100 will cover a youth players' annual subs if they qualify for our fund.

£100 or more

Pay it forward - Senior section membership

Donate to our hardship fund to ensure that we can help players with membership fees if they qualify.

£145 or more

Balance Seniors Tour Blackpool 2024

Only if you’ve already paid your deposit (we know who you are :-) )

£150 or more

Sponsorship board

Showcase your organisation and support our club with an ad board displayed on the external walls of the club. GET IN QUICKLY AND YOU COULD GET PRIME POSITION UNDER THE SCOREBOARD! Available as a 1 or 2 year option, with additional years available for purchase once the initial term expires. Please discuss your deal with Stephen Sarno or Henry Franklin (chairmen) before purchasing.

£165 or more

Senior’s Tour 2024 - Blackpool (Full amount)

Fri 10th to Sun 12th May

£199 or more

Solstice Sevens 2024 - Team Early Bird Discount

The wildest Sevens tournament returns 21-23 June! With women's, men's and a touch tournaments taking place, Solstice 24 will be bigger and more inclusive than ever before. We'll kick off with a vets’ charity game on Friday night followed by our legendary marquee party. Saturday is game day culminating in our Superhero themed party, with the winners decided on Sunday. Early bird teams to be registered by 29/02/24, price after will be £250.

£250 or more

Sponsorship - U11 tour hoodies

Have your organisation's brand on the Under 11's tour hoodies.

£300 or more

Team sponsorship

Sponsor a team's match jerseys for 2 years. Covers all teams including minis, juniors, girls, and all men and women's senior teams. Various options available. Please speak to one of our chairmen (Henry Franklin and Stephen Sarno) before purchasing to discuss your deal. Contact details are at or via Pitchero.

£500 or more

Pay it forward - Youth team match jerseys

Cover the cost of a youth team's match shirts. Not sponsorship.

£20,000 or more

Fairy Godmother

Just thought I'd add this on the off chance...

£15 or more

£20 voucher for the Canalside Heritage Centre

Take a walk along the canal and drop into the Heritage Centre for a cuppa and a cake. Save a fiver by buying this voucher. Voucher expires 30 November 2024

£20 or more

You're having a laugh! 2 comedy night tickets

Visit The Garage, Chilwell for the top comedy nights in the East Midlands. Tickets for 2 people, available for 6 months from issue.

£25 or more

60 minute musculoskeletal assessment

Worth £70! Moore Associates Physiotherapy in Beeston are offering us an amazing discount on a 60 minute assessment for musculoskeletal problems. 2 available, no expiry date.

£30 or more

Greene King 15% off voucher for a whole year!

We have 2 discount vouchers up for grabs! If you buy this reward, you'll get a discount code that you can use in Greene King pubs to get 15% off your bill for a whole year!

£35 or more

£50 Nurseryman pub gift voucher bargain

The Nurseryman on the corner of Wollaton Road and Derby Road accommodates you. Be it a catch up with friends over coffee, a few beers whilst watching the match, some alone time or a family celebration. Donate £35 to this reward and receive a £50 gift voucher. You're sure to receive a warm welcome from Martin and Nic from the Casuals family.

£100 or more

1 Day Guided Fly Fishing on the River Dove

Join our president on the stunning and historic River Dove. Includes picnic with likely sightings of kingfishers, wagtails, dippers. On a weekday in the 2024 season (from mid March). Experienced fly anglers will be directed to the most promising areas to cast. For novices, the day will start with tuition and then guided fishing through the day. Tackle can be provided. Fish to be returned to water.

£150 or more

The sky at night - A star filled evening

A private tour of Sherwood Observatory for up to 4 people. Date to be arranged by mutual agreement. Weather permitting, you will use the largest publicly accessible telescope in the UK. View the night sky through the 23 Inch Newtonian Reflector in the main observatory dome. Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon and many star clusters are beautiful objects to view.

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