Roof Repairs, Signage, Spotlights & Patio changes

by Harwich & Dovercourt Rugby Club in Harwich, Essex, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th January 2022 we successfully raised £13,883 ( + est. £983.75 Gift Aid ) with 102 supporters in 56 days

To raise monies in support of proactively repairing the roof and also giving the outside of the clubhouse a facelift.

by Harwich & Dovercourt Rugby Club in Harwich, Essex, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We would look at adding a veranda upstairs to give better viewing options of the pitches as well as considering how we can  provide disabled access to upstairs, possibly by a platform lift. Maybe long term pitch repairs and/or floodlighting.

A Brief History

Harwich & Dovercourt Rugby Club was formed in 1936 by a group of local gentlemen; an article appeared in several local papers in September of 1936 inviting anybody interested to attended a meeting "at which the real business of the formation of the new club would be discussed".

At this meeting it was decided that Lt.-Col. H M A Ward D.S.O, O.B.E., M.A. would be the clubs first president. Dr K Phelan was elected Chairman & Mr F Low vice chairman. The Clubs first captain was Mr Lattimer, he would "act as non playing captain until the team had made a start".

The first club fixture was arranged as a home match against Orwell Works and took part on 10th October 1936. After a resounding victory in the first game played, the club went on to win 8 of the 18 matches played in its first season, 1 was a draw and 9 matches lost, with a total of 175 points for and 145 against.

We have the match reports from the 1937/38 season and the results were much as before, some good and some bad. We have a photograph and limited information from the 1938/39 season. The club was then disbanded due to players being called to the service of their country.

About Us

We are a community club and host a 1st & 2nd Mens Teams playing in Essex 1 and Eastern Counties Greene King Division 2 South leagues respectively, Minis and Youth Teams from U6s to U18s and until recently we also fielded a Womens Team playing in NC2 Midlands (East).



We're proud to say we are an inclusive club and our accreditations to not only the England RFU but to Eastern Counties and our commitment as a Kids First Rugby Club.


COVID brought many challenges but also opportunities, we started Touch Rugby as well as Rugby 7s teams and are poised to bring back a Womens team for next season.

Not only do we have a strong membership we are proud to host a number of other local sports clubs from the area so they too can have a home.

An example of this is that both men’s and women’s hockey clubs have been able to reform after a home pitch problem using Harwich and Dovercourt Rugby Club as a base. Giving new life to two of oldest sports clubs in town.

Harwich runners also operate from the club, running all forms of competition and social events from full marathon to couch to 5k programmes catering for all abilities and ages.

We are active in the community supporting many other organisations including participating and leading the local Guy Carnival as Torch Bearers and in recent years the Illuminate Festival too which celebrated our local heritage & history with the Mayflower as well as the Rotary Club Santa & Sleigh collections.



We are also a provider to the Holiday Hunger Scheme and with support from Active Essex we deliver Activities and Nutritious Meals during schools holidays to those that need the help and support.

Our sponsors are fantastic and fully support not only the Club but also its Committee, Players and Members for which we are very grateful. 




Our Club Culture

Family – Our club is a safe & welcoming place to all, we naturally treat each other as family, we keep an eye out for one another and we do things that benefit everyone.

Community – We are a community club, we support our local community in many ways by working with community groups, local schools and host a number of other local community sports clubs and groups so they too can have a home.

Respect(ful) – In every action we make on and off the playing field within our membership young and old we hold dear the fact that Respect underpins everything we say & do.

The Intention

The club is in a strong financial position and we have taken the opportunity with our monies as well as grants and funding to make positive changes around the club to the benefit of everyone but we need to do more and this crowdfunding will hopefully allow us to some way achieve our goals.

We have been in our current clubhouse since 1990 and have recently signed its new long term lease on the clubhouse for the next 20 years. 

With it being nearly 30 years since we moved in we have had some drone footage taken of the building and it shows that soon the roof will need to be repaired or replaced and if we act quickly we can save ourselves from that extreme cost and upheaval of replacing the roof by being proactive and carrying out remedial repairs and coating the roof with a guaranteed coating that could last another 25 years.

Whilst we have the scaffold in place we will repair the gutters, repair or replace the cladding on the gable ends, repair or replace the shutters and generally give the club house a face lift with new signage and upgraded floodlighting etc.

We have an opportunity to secure the future of community sport focusing on rugby for all local people to enjoy in a friendly supportive and safe environment.

Investing in the fabric of the clubhouse is the key to this future, the club house is the main source of income for the club and running a successful club means we can keep fees at a minimum and allow access to sport for all.



Outside we are extending the patio to make it a more useable space that will also be fenced in.


We hope to have all of this work carried out by the end of spring of 2022.

We estimate the costs to be in the region of £30,000 but have been advised that there maybe match funding available from various sources so our initial target is £8,000, Sport England may provide additional funding should we reach this target with the possibility that further funding will follow from other sources.

To ensure these works can proceed quickly we are looking into a loan from the RFU and we would then use this crowdfunding to repay the loan within the 2 year payment holiday being offered. 

Please support us in any way you can and thankyou for your donation.


We have a selection of rewards from club snoods to dining vouchers and our very popular Vets Day Pass as well as Memberships and Match Day Ball sponsor.







This project offers rewards in return for your donation

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H&D Snood

H&D branded Snood, winter is coming and these are great to keep your neck and also face out of the chilling wind and also as a mask when needed. We’re looking to order by the end of November with an eye of hopefully receiving them in time for Christmas. Orders will be made available to collect from the club once the order arrives. They come in three different sizes: S - Child upto 5 M - Youth 6-13 L - Adult

£15 or more

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Alma Inn £20 Dining Voucher

The Alma Inn and Dining Rooms has been at the centre of Harwich life since the 1850s serving ale to the citizens, sailors, soldiers and farmers of the wind that passed through. Offering food seven days a week. Ideally located within moments of the quay or a five minute walk from Harwich town station. Below the URL to their menu but there is always something on the specials board and maybe something seasonal too.

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Milsom - The Pier, Harwich - £20 Gift Voucher

The Pier is a modernised 1860 listed building and a small AA 4 star hotel in historic Harwich. A very special destination for lovers of great food and drink with a menu celebrating modern classics, an exciting grill menu and wonderful fresh fish and shellfish landed on the harbour opposite. The NAVYÄRD on the ground floor is a continental bar and terrace, experience cask ales, craft beers, cocktails and an extensive Gin Library.

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£40 Empire Hire Voucher

Empire Hire offer equipment to make your event extra special. Offering the hire of: Giant Light Up Numbers, Doughnut Wall Hire, Prosecco Wall Hire, Giant Light Up Letters "LOVE", "MR & MRS", Wedding Packages: Letters & Balloons, Birthday Packages: Numbers & Balloons.

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Lifestyle Consultation or PT Session

Lifestyle Consultation or Personal Training Session with Be Moore Fit Choose between either; 1 - Personal training session A 60 minute session with Ben to learn how to structure your own workouts at the gym and focus on perfecting your exercise technique. Or 2 - Lifestyle Consultation A 60 minute online consultation with Ben to help plan your nutrition and training so that it compliments your goal and lifestyle. Value £40

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5L Keg Adnams Ghost Ship & 1hr Financial Planning

Ghost Ship is a ghostly pale ale which takes its inspiration from Adnams 600-year-old haunted pub, The Bell. Brewed with a selection of malts - Pale Ale, Rye Crystal and Cara. We use Citra, and a blend of other American hop varieties to create some great citrus flavours. Bronze Medal Winner at The International Brewing Awards, 2013. You will also receive a One Hour Financial Planning Session. Value £130 Donated by Fiducia Wealth Management

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Club Membership

This entitles you to become a member of the club allowing you to book the clubhouse for parties at no additional cost.

£100 or more

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Match Day Ball

Social Media promotion for you or your business for sponsoring the Match Day Ball (on one occasion)

£10 or more

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Cheese & Wine, Quiz and music from Mike Carren

This entitles you to a single ticket for our Crowfunding Kick Off Event on Saturday 20th November @ 7pm. An evening of Cheese & Wine, with a Quiz and music from Mike Carren.

£15 or more

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30min Personal Trainer session with Matt Rozier

30min Personal Trainer session with Matt Rozier Value £25

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Mermaid Pink Gin, 70cl – Isle Of Wight Distillery

MERMAID PINK GIN: Hand-crafted at the Isle of Wight Distillery. Aromatic and refreshing, infusing the flavour of fresh Island strawberries with the smooth, complex taste of our award-winning Mermaid Gin HAND-MADE: Using ten ethically sourced botanicals, including local elderflower. Our smooth yet complex gin creates a refreshingly layered serve, with a hint of sea air from fragrant rock samphire. Value £35 Donated by Phelan Construction Ltd

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Vets Day Pass

More Details to Follow - 7th May 2022

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