by Ian Smith in Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Total raised £21,624

raised so far



To build on the legacy of Birmingham Commonwealth Games to improve our changing and social facilities for the benefit of the local community

by Ian Smith in Hartlepool, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 27th October 2022 we'd raised £21,424 with 143 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

To continually improve our facilities, involve & benefit our community and get more people active and feeling better about themselves. 

Who are we?

Hartlepool Rovers FC provides a base for our local community for social and fitness activities in the Tees Valley area.  We have rugby teams from the Little Monkeys through to Junior Boys and Girls and then onto senior Mens and Ladies teams..    


Community impact

How our project will be United by Birmingham 2022

We wish to offer more facilities to the local community and build on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and the feelgood factor of the success of England’s Lionesses in the Women's Euros.

Our club acts as  a focal point and hub for a range of organisations ranging from the Local and national charities include Cancer Research, Help for Heroes, Teenage Cancer Trust and the RVI hospital as well as the RNLI.  We also host our local brass band for their weekly practice.  Here they are giving a splendid rendition of  Jingle Bells !

Why are we crowdfunding?

We have identified the following areas that we would like to target to provide better facilities for our community.   

Firstly we want to carry out improvements to our current, and old, changing facilities to provide extra changing room space with integrated showering capacity and increase the number of toilets.   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 get yet more people active and serve the needs of the community better.  

Here are some photos of our current changing, showering and communal toilet facilities.  



We try to keep our changing rooms clean but they are small and lack modern facilities like integrated showers and toilets.  We also only have 3 changing rooms which is insufficient when we have more than 2 teams at home; which is fairly frequent. 


 This passageway leads to our toilets.  There are only two toilets and this is inadequate when we can get up to 100 participants at a Festival. 1660838027_toilet.jpg

While we try to keep these facilities as clean as possible they are over 50 years old and do not match current standards.  Certainly there is  insufficient changing room space and  toilets to cater for our needs and inadequate showers.   And we wish to have these toilets and showers within updated changing rooms.  We also have issues when we have referees of the opposite sex to the teams that are playing.  There is nowhere for these referees to shower.  

Secondly we want to improve the social facilities of the clubhouse yet further to provide a welcoming environment and to serve the local community better.  We have carried out some recent improvements by volunteers in part of the clubhouse but would like to take this even further.


Adding the finishing touches


Outside improvements


And everyone mucks in to help.


The last crowdfunding campaign...

We had a very successful crowdfunding campaign in 2020, which was kindly supported by the Sport England Return to Play: Active Together funding scheme. With that money we:

  • Made improvements to our clubhouse with upgrades to some toilets, redecorated our bar area and installed new flooring..
  • Provided a new oven and ice machine 
  • Provided outdoor picnic tables together with gazebos and umbrellas.
  • Renovated the outside of the building and replaced the old signage.
  • We sourced a portacabin to provide additional, temporary, changing room capacity.  This was cleaned out, painted and had power connected to it.  Unfortunately before we could install water for showering and toilets we encountered major problems with the floor and roof.  Fixing these issues was not considered cost effective given the expected life of the portacabin.

Storm Bertha..

Whilst we have had the success of the previous crowdfunding campaign, we also had another setback with an old steel stand suffering from significant storm damage at the end of 2021. The strong winds resulted in the roof being removed and the full structure being demolished on safety grounds.  This was not covered by insurance and we had to spend nearly £12,000 on demolition.  , 


Places and Spaces fund.

We have applied again to Sport England for additional funding;  this time under the Places and Spaces fund.  In particular we would wish to link to the legacy of the Commonwealth Games 2022 to get more people active, bring them together and connect with each other more.

Our proposed development is inspired by the legacy being left by the Commonwealth Games  As a club at the heart of our community, we believe in providing quality opportunities for people from all walks of life to engage in sports and physical activity. 

We believe this closely aligns with the ethos of the Commonwealth Games and we feel as if we can be a part of this to support the games and its legacy

How we’ll spend the money raised

Every penny raised will be used to improve our facilities to benefit our local community, get more people active & healthy and create a meaningful legacy from the Commonwealth Games.

Specifically we will firstly  improve our changing room facilities radically to bring them up to date and fit for purpose.  We will name the changing rooms to reflect where the inspiration has come from e.g. the Commonwealth Change Room, the Legacy Changing room etc  Secondly we will further update our social facilities to make them more attractive and welcoming to the local community.  

  • we estimate the cost of the changing room improvements to be around £300,000
  • We also expect to spend another £50,000 improving our clubhouse. This will be from the following list based on need and our prevailing financial circumstances 
    • New roof £35,000
    • Improvements to bar toilets - £10,000
    • Rewiring £18,000
    • New Heating system £10,600

How you can play your part

There are three simple ways to help us 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 rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!


This project offered rewards

£5 or more

Car wash

Have your car lovingly washed by our own junior section. Date or dates to be arranged. Great value. This can be twice as much over the town.

£1 or more

Jack Ryan financial review

£1 for initial financial review from Jack Ryan at Bespoke Financial Service. For any subsequent mortgage or insurance policy taken out Jack will donate £25 to Hartlepool Rovers. Check out Bespoke Financial Services here ..https://bespokefinancialuk.co.uk/

£1 or more


Even a pound will help! If you can give more please do

£5 or more

Mens hair cut

Men's hair cut from our own Charmaine Jefferys-Coulton . Mullets a specialty! Normally £10-£15.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Can you spare a tenner to help Hartlepool Rovers?

£10 or more

Playing Short

Black playing short with Rovers logo. Please note these are a previous style. Same quality but are branded with MACRON on one leg rather than their logo. Hence offered at bargain price of £10.

£12 or more

Hartlepool Rovers branded Bobble hat

Hartlepool Rovers bobble hat. Keep your lugs warm this winter!

£15 or more

Nail Treatment

Acrylic nail painting from our own Charmaine Jeffreys-Coulton and A lil bit of beauty x https://www.facebook.com/alilbitofbeauty Normally £25

£20 or more

First Team Physio Reward

5 * 30 Minute physio sessions First and any subsequent session to be at a club discount Book up and get access to The Town's physio https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100077043459523

£20 or more

Danny Charters PT

A 30 minute Personal Training session with Danny Charters. Any subsequent sessions arranged to be a discounted rate. Danny is the best in the business so please don't hesitate to take advantage of this offfer. http://www.dancharters.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR0uVMD7fnRhjvy3BTgOzzvZltx9eSo1AoxCwuUghZ4q3QBPLvO1jkHGchw

£20 or more

Annual Member Subscriptions

One year membership for voting member. Gives the member the right to request international tickets. Conditions apply.

£20 or more

Child's Rovers Macron Hoody

Size XXS. Red or Black. Has Rovers logo on. Normally £27.25. See https://mysportswear.co.uk/product/hoody-child-hrfc/

£22 or more

Adult Black Rovers Hoody in Medium

Adult black medium hoody. Has Rovers logo. Normally £33 now £22. See https://mysportswear.co.uk/product/hoody-adult-hrfc/

£23 or more

Senior citizen season ticket

Season ticket for pensioners. Gives access to home league games.

£30 or more

Bike Servicing

Bike Servicing from Rusty Spokes. Usually £40. Check out their website here https://www.shophartlepool.com/business/rusty-spokes-bicycle-repair-servicing

£35 or more

Season ticket

Season ticket. Gives access to home league games.

£40 or more

Vice President membership

One year membership for Vice President. Gives the member the right to request international tickets. Conditions apply.

£40 or more

Player membership

One year playng membership. Get player issue teamwear, access to Physiotherapy, able to request international tickets and a be full voting member.

£50 or more

Junior Rugby Contribution

Contribute directly to the future of Hartlepool Rovers. All monies raised from this reward will be allocated to the mini and junior section.

£50 or more

Shirt Sponsorship

Sponsor the number of your favourite player and have this displayed in the club progeamme. Contact Moira Bowden to choose your number.

£350 or more

Life Membership

Lifetime membership of your club. Adults have full voting rights for life and are able to request International tickets.

£500 or more

Match Sponsorship

Match sponsorship. Admittance to game plus buffet afterwards Contact Moira Bowden to arrange your chosen game.£

£1,000 or more

Bronze Sponsor package for one year

* Company logo displayed prominently on sleeve of senior men's first team shirts and on club website and social media * Advertising board on the pitch perimeter

£3,000 or more

Silver sponsor package for one year

* Company logo displayed prominently on back of senior men's first team shirts and on club website and social media * 1 sponsored game per season, including food for 25 guests - the ideal way to develop staff and customer relationships * Advertising board on the pitch perimete

£5,000 or more

£5000 Gold sponsorship for one year

* Company logo displayed prominently on front of senior men's first team shirts and on club website and social media * 2 sponsored games per season, including food for 25 guests - the ideal way to develop staff and customer relationships * Advertising board on the pitch perimeter and corporate advert within the match day programme

£2 or more

Cake Raffle Reward

Be in the raffle for one of club member Debbie Wallace's delicious cakes! The raffle will be held on a particular Lotto draw night when all tickets are sold. Separate instructions for choosing your number will be sent by Debbie but please pay here. Please note in order to comply with prize draw guidelines a free way of entering this raffle must be provided. This can be done by writing to The Secretary Hartlepool Rovers HARTLEPOOL

£9 or more

Rovers XXL 100% Cotton T-shirt

Red or black. Normally £13.00. Has Rovers logo. See https://mysportswear.co.uk/product/cotton-t-shirt-adult-hrfc/

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