Facilities for the future!

Total raised £23,376

raised so far

+ est. £2710.50 Gift Aid



To raise £20,000 to build new toilets, including a separate disabled facility , a first aid room and a new kitchen

We're still collecting donations

On the 30th June 2023 we'd raised £21,331 with 147 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we can reach our stretch target we can invest in some additional equipment for the kitchen to supplement what we will transfer . We will also be able to buy 4 long tables that each seat 20 people so that all the players can eat at the same time with their opponents in the new space which has been provided by the alteration 

Who are we?

Sherborne Rugby Football Club was formed in 1980 and has overtime become one of the biggest provider of organized children's sport within the community with more than 350 players of all ages enjoying rugby on a weekly basis with two thirds under the age of 18


The clubhouse was built in 1990 and has served the club well but the membership now is significantly bigger with three times more players and social members than when the building opened .Our core facilities need urgent improvement!

Every weekend ladies must queue to use the two toilets shown below which are well below the standard we would want ! 


Girls and Ladies playing rugby is now massive and Sherborne must offer better facilities to support that growth in the game


Playing participation is high and on a busy weekend we can attract 1000 people to the club and serve hundreds of players meals . Its so important that people can socialise with their match day opponents .We must have six volunteers in the kitchen on a busy day to cope and  have outgrown the space  available


We have been very successful at what we do and have had some brilliant players over the years with five ex Sherborne players in the Rugby Premiership (James, Lawday, Devoto , Woolmore  and Lockwood) this season with Sam Nixon playing in France ,quite extraordinary for such a small town !


Sherborne has a number of England Internationals at the various age groups and displays four different England Shirts in the clubhouse

We are so very proud of every player from all ages who has played for the club and continued  on to have fun making life long friends as a consequence of playing the game!


Why are we crowdfunding?

The membership today has grown to such a level that the clubhouse is no longer conducive for sustaining the numbers we have or supporting the player growth particularly from women/girls rugby. 

Whilst the clubhouse has served us well for more than 30 years the toilets, kitchen and club room are either too small, too cold or unable to meet the demands of a thriving club .

Our plan is to move the existing kitchen and toilet facility, staying within the footprint of the existing building and build in the areas that were previously used for storage.

We will build new toilets including a wheelchair accessible facility. The new kitchen will enable us to serve up to 300 meals on a weekend and by increasing the space within the club room by 40% we will be able to provide seating so that the players can eat together with their opposition post match and provide enough shelter on a cold and wet Sunday morning for our youngest members!

We have committed nearly £70,000 towards the project raised by our own members and local community but must now seek more help through crowdfunding to fill the gap . The club has no debt and will not seek loans . We will be patient and do what's needed to fundraise the shortfall.

How we will spend the money raised

The fundraising plan will enable us create brand new toilet facilities and then move the kitchen to a new room with substantially more space and equipment within it .We will create a new entrance lobby with bag drop area and have a new first aid room . After that we will work to extend the club room and increase the floor area and will try and manage that last element of the plan  through volunteer working parties .

The work on removal of the old shower block and storage areas has been completed. Space is now available for the new facilities .

Take a tour of what's been done so far with Shane Newton (Player of the Year 2005 and 2006) 

We cant progress without your support !

Shane will show you that we are really well advanced with the project and that the fundraising will enable us to complete the works

Four simple ways to help Sherborne RFC to reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don't delay if you?re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer us a reward we can add . Please get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. If you want to run your own fundraiser to support us, maybe a sponsored activity or similar, use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won't need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

Why the Clubhouse is so important  

The clubhouse is where players meet before and after sport . Its where the parents and supporters gather whilst the players get ready for the game . It must be of a standard that people are relaxed and want to be there . Its where people will go post match to talk about the game, eat a meal with our opponents and be great hosts . 


Our clubhouse has been the venue for dinners , birthday parties , wakes and even pantomimes 


Our Record of success

In August 2020 we raised £15,000 to carry out repair works on our rugby pitches in line with the recommendation's of the RFU head of grounds. The project through Crowdfunder was called Pitch Perfect.

Extensive works were actioned and we have not had to postpone a match since because of water logged pitches . Every penny raised was spent in line with project and today our pitches are first class  good enough to host county games! 1683453923_scrum_under_16s_ladies_.jpg


What other people think  

Juliet Pentolfe The Mayor Sherborne "I have met so many  lovely people and such great fun to be involved  as secretary to the Youth and Mini side of the club some years ago . Rugby was always very important the life skills taught in a very natural and fun way

James Gower Deputy Headteacher at the Gryphon School Sherborne“Over many years, Sherborne RFC has provided thousands of young people in our community a focus, a purpose and a sense of belonging. Through rugby young people develop key life skills: discipline, commitment, self-confidence, work ethic, leadership and team work; they learn how to win and how to lose. Having been an active member of Sherborne RFC for over 30 years, rugby has given me memories and friendships for life.”

Jon Andrews Sherborne and Dorset Councilor  “Sherborne Rugby club has been part of the sporting community in Sherborne for more than 40 years and continues to thrive .The. Club provides a valuable outlet for sport in the town and local villages .Long may it continue! 

How the club is funded 

The club raises the funds to operate each year through its members and business support from the local community. 

Our club is open to those playing sport or seeking to enjoy the social occasion associated with sport.

The support we get from community business is quite outstanding !


How our project will be united by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mission

In order to receive any Sport England grant, we need to ensure that our project is aligned with the Birmingham 2022 mission and vision. 

The Birmingham 2022 missions are;

  • Bringing people together,
  • Improving health and wellbeing,
  • Helping the region to grow,
  • Being a catalyst for change,
  • Putting us on the map.

We believe that our project will bring more people together and more often !

Sherborne Rugby Club believes that by undertaking this project, we will be able to fulfil the Birmingham 2022 mission statement. This project will put  the club on the map as the new facilities will help sustain our sport and will bring more people together  and more often .  As a direct result of this, health and well being will be improved for all stakeholders.

This project ensures that rugby at the club will thrive for both males and females, and be a welcome space to other members of the club and to our visitors and local community.  This project will help underpin the female game, and will be a catalyst for growth showing that Sherborne is able to promote and grow this special part of the game and is both inclusive and progressive.

Sherborne champion youth, and coach children from under six through to adults. We attract huge crowds each weekend to our club and town as a consequence of the quality of the sport we offer which brings  energy and life into the town which helps it grow and succeed 


Our project for change will transform and strengthen our club for our young players and their parents , our members , our visitors and anyone who has a disability . Working as a team we will deliver new and sustainable  facilities to underpin everything we do on the field of play

Thanks very much from everyone at Sherborne !



Become a fundraiser

Want to raise funds for this cause? It's simple to get started.

Start fundraising


This project offered rewards

£3 or more

Its all about Pocket Money

If you are still paying pocket money to your children and they play at the club then why not ask them if they would donate half of one weeks value to the project. We will include each childs name in the match day programme in September and invite them to come up for a free hot dog and photo before a 1st XV match

£12 or more

Sherborne Rugby Club Enamel Pin Bage

Donate £15 and you can collect a top of the range Sherborne Rugby Club shiny enamel clip badge from us in September or from a venue in the town. We may even be able to post it to you ! RRP £15

£15 or more

Two for One Breakfast Deal at Castle Garden Centre

Hearty English breakfasts, seasonal dishes and homemade cakes, pastries and puddings are among the traditional fare on offer on at The Walled Garden Restaurant at Castle Garden Centre in Sherborne The Walled Garden is a space to unwind, catch up and spend time with family and friends throughout the year. Enjoy a great breakfast with a voucher that gives you two breakfast meals for the price of one .RRP £18 https://www.thegardensgroup.co.uk/

£20 or more

Have your car washed by the 1st XV

Donate £20 and in addition to a thank you message on our social media channels, you can bring your car to the rugby club car park to have it washed by our team. We will contact you with a choice of dates!

£25 or more

Champions Golf at Folke Golf Club

This pledge will buy you entry into the Sherborne Rugby Evening Nine hole competition on Friday 14th July with Tee Times from 4.00pm . The weather will be perfect just after the Summer Solstice with long warm evenings and where better to be on the start of the weekend than Folke . This will be a lively social occasion with great golf and some fun prizes RRP £35 http://folkegolfcentre.co.uk/

£25 or more

Get your boiler ready for winter

The Local Boiler Company will service your central heating boiler in September or October and give you 20% off the rate card for the service .https://www.thelocalboilercompany.com/

£25 or more

Discounted MOT at Sherborne Tyres and Auto Centre

Pledge £25 and get a discount on your MOT fee for your car at Sherborne Tyres & Auto Centre Ltd. Its a family run car garage based in the heart of Sherborne, They cover all aspects of car repairs and servicing, engine diagnostics and much more. They also provide a local breakdown recovery service within a 5-mile radius of Sherborne. RRP for MOT circa £60 https://www.sherbornetyres.co.uk/contact-us

£30 or more

Cycle with a elite long distance bike rider

Join James Newby former 1st XV Captain on one of his early morning cycle trips in June . James is training for a trip to the Rugby World Cup in September covering over 320 miles in three days . His journey will end in Lyon on 24th September and he will celebrate by watching certain semi finalists Wales beat Australia. The training trip will be 20 miles at 7.00am on a Saturday morning and is for adults only

£30 or more

Hire a golf Caddy

Hire a knowledgeable golf caddy for Friday July 14th who knows the course at Folke and will give you top tips on course management . Our caddy will carry your clubs, but also keep them clean and organise the bag, make sure the player has enough balls, gloves, tees etc… They will carry food and drink, waterproofs, hats, towels and more – everything a player might require during the tournament

£40 or more

Sherborne Summer Ball Ticket Saturday 24th

This is a special fundraising event to progress the clubhouse . On the night there will be a banquet buffet, entertainment and awards . Tickets include a drink on arrival , buffet and a free entry to the prize draw an opportunity to win some fabulous experiences including Afternoon Spa Package at the Eastbury , Family Ticket to Bovington Tank Museum , Tickets to a Raceday at Wincanton , Afternoon Tea and Cakes at The Pear Tree and many others .

£48 or more

Get Fit with Communifit

Communifit on the pitch Craig Hardaker started Communifit in 2018. He has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 13 years and holds a BSc (Hons) Sports Fitness and Coaching degree, and is a qualified GP referral consultant and sports therapist. The reward is a set of 8 one hour classes on the pitch with the aim of improving fitness. The class will be early evening in August and September RRP £60 https://www.communifit.co.uk/

£50 or more

SRFC Principal Sponsors Clubhouse Board

A sign written board headed "We helped build this " will be displayed within the clubhouse . It will include any person that has donated the sum above or more and will be on display for many years to come !

£100 or more

20% discount on Supply and Fit Carpets/Flooring

Shaun Whittacker supply and fit Carpets & Flooring in Yeovil, Sherborne and all Somerset. Pledge £100 or more and get a special discount from Shaun on new work of supply and fit carpet and flooring. They have a huge variety of carpets, laminates, vinyls, natural products, real wood, decorative flooring, safety flooring, commercial flooring and more.

£125 or more

Hole Sponsor SRFC Golf Friday Evening July 14th

Please sponsor a hole at our golf night on Friday 14th July . Your name or business will be displayed on our social media and also on the tee. You will have the opportunity to advertise your business on the night using the tee area for display . Sponsorship includes a free playing entry to the competition at a time that is most convenient to you Tee times from 4pm to 6pm . http://folkegolfcentre.co.uk/

£150 or more

Summer Ball 24th June Beer Sponsor

Sponsor a barrel of Madri Lager or Thatchers at our fundraising ball and help us turn that into a retail margin of £396 at RSP of £4.50 a pint Your name will be on the dinner menu as donor and of course a few free beers !

£175 or more

Full Page Colour Match Day Programme Advert

We can include your business in our match day programme for 11 different 1st XV matches over a period between September 2023 and May 2024. Your message will be read many times on a Saturday and Sunday by people watching rugby on a weekend and looking through our programme to see what's happening at the club . We can help you with artwork and involve Shelleys in Sherborne for production

£250 or more

Sponsor a Player at Sherborne

Sponsoring a player at Sherborne is a personal. You chose the player and we will include a write up in our Match Day programme that includes a picture of the player and you or your business . It will cover the 23/24 season and will also run through the clubs social media . It's not just about 1st XV players it can be anyone that you want included that plays for the club .

£15 or more

Sherborne RFC Branded Grey Baseball Cap

Pledge £15 and collect the official Sherborne Rugby Football Club Baseball Cap from the club in September or from a venue in the town RRP £17.99

Payment and personal details are protected