Middlesbrough RUFC, Help us to Secure our future

by Iain Bradford in Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd March 2021 we successfully raised £34,450 ( + est. £5703.75 Gift Aid ) with 401 supporters in 28 days

MRUFC needs your support to aid our ongoing mini & junior community programs, Due to our huge fundraising loses during COVID 19 Restrictions

by Iain Bradford in Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Our Stretched Target

Our mini & Junior section train at the Tollesby Road Site. This site requires it own equipment to maintain the grounds.  This Stretched part of the campaign will allow us to provide this equipment which will make the surface safe enough for new and existing young players to develop their skills and fitness.

Our Stretch Target is completed 

We would  love to be able to offer school holiday programs to ALL incorporating rugby development, team building, fitness, health and well being to our members, players and the local community.

Middlesbrough RUFC Secure our Future.

Our passion is our motivation to offer rugby and fitness for all.


Like many other rugby clubs, the COVID-19 Pandemic has hit us all hard,

As a sport we would normally applaud hard hits in the form of tackles, but nothing could have prepared us for how hard this has hit us.

Our Crowdfunding Aims

  • Survive – reach out to the community to recover our COVID-19 financial  loss.  
  • Support – our local community to keep active, stay healthy, use our Together group to reach out to someone friendly & be involved with our MRUFC family
  • Rebuild – our schools and community programs to allow boys and girls to play the sport we all love. Offer fitness, healthy living and activities for all.


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Who are we - and what  we do

MRUFC is a community-based rugby club that will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in two years. As an organisation we pride ourselves on our ability to offer an opportunity for people to play the game of rugby union, whatever their ability level, in a club that has player pathways for everyone.

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Our Mini & Junior Section 


For many years MRUFC has run a thriving mini junior section which currently consists of ages ranging from u7s to u17s with over 150 children regularly playing and training.


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 The Development Plan

At the start of the 2020 season the club identified the need to grow our mini/junior section. We needed to recruit more boys and girls and develop their talent in order to sustain the future of our club for the next 150 years. Development plans were written with actions and targets based around a number of areas including player recruitment and retention and the desire to improve both the numbers and the skill set of our junior coaching team. 

MRUFC out and about.

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MRUFC are always available to support our local friends and partners attending lots of events and fun days. 

One such programme involved sending coaches into several local primary and secondary school in addition to hosting inter school games at Acklam Park. In the early part of 2020 these initiatives were beginning to bear fruit with mini and junior player numbers increasing as a direct result. 

The photographs below show players from Acklam Grange & Kings Academy enjoying their time at Acklam Park.

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Sadly, the pandemic then took hold and all rugby activity came to a grinding halt in March creating significant implications for MRUFC both on and off the playing field.

It’s not just about what happens on the field

As a community-based club social events form a key part of life at MRUFC.  Such events are not only great for forging new friendships and re-establishing old ones but provide vital fundraising opportunities.


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Bonfire Night 

MRUFC’s Bonfire night has been a tremendously successful community event for over 30 years.

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Our First & Fabulous Ladies’ day     

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However, all these plans had to be cancelled meaning these one-off opportunities to generate income were lost.  In addition, these loses were compounded further by the clubhouse remaining closed.  In short, the lockdown restrictions have had a severe financial impact on MRUFC and our ability to execute our development plans 

With Your Help We Can. 

Survive, Support, Rebuild

We are reaching out to you, friends, past players and current members of MRUFC to make a donation towards our crowdfunding campaign and help secure our future thereby allowing us to kick-start our -

  • Schools integration plans
  • Draft coaching session plans ready for school to deliver rugby in lessons.
  • Coaches development paths to deliver the above
  • Player recruitment plan from u7s to 1st team
  • Increasing our girls, young ladies and ladies participation 
  • Making rugby available to everyone 

We appreciate how difficult life is both financially and emotionally at the moment, but every donation will really make a difference.  So please get involved and make our future your future!

A Glimmer Of Light ;The birth of MRUFC Together 

Throughout these dark times the members of MRUFC have stuck together creating several online groups all under the banner of “MRUFC Together”. These groups kept former players, social members, families, current senior and junior players and many more people in touch providing support and that vital sense of community that we were all missing. Regular challenges were posted online, with a view to developing players skills, their fitness levels or simply to have a bit of fun

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Our cyclists took to the three day charity ride 

In the summer a group of MRUFC members cycled from Whitehaven to Sunderland raising funds for Ocumel (Eye Cancer charity) and also funds to purchase two emergency defibrillators for our training grounds

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MRUFC Return to Rugby Stage D Touch Festival   

When the lockdown restrictions and the RFU Return To Rugby roadmap allowed us to we opened our doors to our junior and senior players and their families hosting a series of touch rugby events.  These proved to be incredibly popular and demonstrated once again how much the club meant to its members and the local community.


Seniors on Saturday and Juniors on Sunday

Despite the issues posed by the COVID 19 pandemic and despite the fact that the club was unable to continue our work with school partners, player numbers in both the senior and junior sections have continued to grow.  As a club we remain more committed than ever to upgrade our facilities and increase our membership base to continue to provide rugby opportunities for all and provide the associated positive physical and mental  benefits involved with being part of team sport.

So please get involved and make a donation supporting us to continue to offer what we do, helping us rebuild and develop our infrastructure and in so doing secure our future. Thank you for taking the time to see who we are.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

171 of 250 claimed

AMAZING £20 Reward - Twickenham trip for 2

Crowdfunding Draw - Win a Twickenham trip for 2 2x tickets, 2 x return rail tickets & £200 cash Pledge £20 to secure 1 of 250 numbers in our Crowdfunding draw. Numbers will be allocated following your donation. Numbers will be emailed to the participants and will feature on our social media platforms. Once full, the draw will take place live on our face book page. A random number generator will be used to select our lucky winne

£5 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£5 Reward 50% off a wet shave

Donated by Wayne Pauls Acklam Road Donate £5 and receive 1 50% off a wet shave RRP £10

£10 or more

Donate £10 or more GET YOUR MRUFC FACE MASK

Everyone who donates £10 or more will receive a MRUFC facemask

£10 or more

9 of 10 claimed

£10 Reward 1 to 1 coaching from our 1st team coach

donate £10 and receive 1 hour of personal rugby skills coaching

£10 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£10 Reward Need an Insurance or Will Review

Donated by Helen Gorman Bespoke Financial Group Donate £10 and claim your free Insurance and will assessment from one of our junior parents, she comes highly recommended

£30 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£30 Reward 50% off your next MOT worth £20

Need an MOT donate £30 and claim this reward for 50% off your next MOT face value worth £20. Only at TEES MOT Middlesbrough

£50 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£50 Reward Function room Hire

Donate £50 and claim your free hire of our function Room Worth £80

£5 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£5 Reward 50% OFF a gents Hair cut

Donated by Wayne Pauls Acklam Road Donate £5 and receive 1 50% off Gents Haircut RRP £10

£5 or more

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Six Nations Special Pledge £5 and receive a free pint in the club when it opens & also receive a 10% discount off your next order Donated by the fantastic Village Bar and Grill Linthorpe & Middlesbrough RUFC Don't forget to send a pic and SHARE !

£5 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£5 Reward Crème Egg Scotch egg Unbelievable treat

Donated By Sam's Sweet Treats donate £5 and receive 1 Crème Egg Scotch egg

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Reward Got a sweet tooth

Donated by Sam Sweet Treat Donate £10 and receive a box of Brownies

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward 2h Paddle Board hire for 3

Donate £20 and claim a 2 hour River Tees paddle Board experience for 3

£20 or more

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£20 Reward Could be the best Parmo in town

Donated by the fantastic Village Bar & Grill, Linthorpe donate £20 and receive a £10 off voucher

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£20 reward £10 Voucher to spend online club shop

Donated by Trac Sports wear Donate £20 and claim a £10 voucher to spend on our new club shop

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£25 Reward Twinkle Toes Tee Pee Hire

Donated By Twinkle Toes Tee Pee Hire for sleep over Parties Claim your free when you donate £25 2 x Tee Pee overnight Hire with multiple theme choises worth £40

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward Need a Sparky

Donated By i2i Security & Electrical donate £30 and claim 2 hours free from 1 of our electricians for electrical and or security works

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward Need a Joiner

Donated By Anth Dye Joinery services Donate £30 And claim your 2 hours free Joinery related work

£50 or more

7 of 7 claimed

£50 Reward HD CCTV indoor Smart camera

Donated from Dynamic CCTV RRP £49.99 Donate £50 and receive 1 of your HD Smart indoor CCTV camera which notifies you of movement direct to your mobile and gives you 2 way audio

£70 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£70 Reward Family photo Shoot

Donated by Helen Wells Photography Donate £70 and receive a full family photo shoot, All pictures included on a USB

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 Reward Garden Maintance

Donated by North Yorkshire Land services garden maintenance and so much more Donate £100 and claim 2 men for 1/2 a day

£200 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£200 Reward Season ticket for MRUFC

Everyone who donates £200 gets 1 of 2 free MRUFC season tickets including pre match lunch, match entry, match program worth £150

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