Support Otley Rugby Club during COVID-19 Closure

by Otley RUFC in Otley, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th June 2020 we successfully raised £20,280 with 179 supporters in 35 days

Otley, a traditional rugby club, are looking to bridge the COVID-19 crisis and continue to support our local community.

by Otley RUFC in Otley, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Install floodlights for our junior and training pitches

Our Ethos and Who We Are

We are steeped in history

Otley RUFC established in 1865 has survived 2 World Wars, has hosted the memorable Northern Divisions victory over the All Blacks in 1979

 and hosted an RWC fixture, USA v Italy in 1991.

But we face a challenging future

Whilst we have the most exciting relocation opportunity ahead of us and an exciting new partnership with Old Grovians RFC, who will play all their rugby this coming season as guests of Otley RUFC, today we cannot look beyond the end of the summer. Survival for Otley Rugby Club is on a knife-edge.

We should have played our final game of the 2019/20 season on Saturday 25th April against our local rivals Wharfedale, a significant revenue earner for the club as well as the prospect of retaining our National League status.

History will tell a different story

Today we find our doors shut, our revenue stopped, our First XV relegated with no visible start to a new season or when our doors are likely to open again yet we still have costs to cover.

The impact will be felt wider than just Otley RUFC as we also provide the facilities for other local clubs and societies who currently have nowhere else to meet. Just as importantly, the club works with a variety of local companies and suppliers throughout the week and on match days, from catering to the printing as well as providing jobs on match days.

We have built many key relationships with local businesses that are also under threat, with no end in sight to the current pandemic. We and they will suffer significantly reduced cash flow following the cancellation of all rugby and other sporting and social events.

The solution we will drive forward

We have launched this crowdfunding campaign to help the club bridge the financial issues faced that are being caused by the Coronavirus pandemic to help secure our future

We are calling on all members, supporters of Otley RUFC, residents of Otley and further afield to help us through this crisis with an immediate call for survival funds. 

Can we raise the funds that will cover the revenue that the Wharfedale game would have generated? We appreciate this is a huge ask of our members and Otley community during these extremely difficult times for individuals, families and companies. 

We will come out of this crisis and local communities will need clubs, societies and organisations to provide the recreational facilities for juniors players, senior players and supporters that clubs like Otley RUFC can deliver. 

This is why the crowdfunding campaign has been launched, with a range of rewards and offers available to people who donate, including discounted match tickets, pre-match lunches and sponsorship opportunities.

We also want to extend this support to our new friends, Old Grovians RFC. You will see a pledge button that will ensure your pledge is used to support both Otley RUFC and Old Grovians RFC.

How will it help

During the close season, the club has many costs to cover to ensure we are in a position to begin the new season, costs such as:

  • Maintenance and repair of our pitch maintenance equipment;
  • Rugby balls - believe it or not, these are £100 each;
  • Main pitch and training pitch maintenance;
  • Repairs to changing rooms, grandstand and terracing;
  • Additional safety measures required emanating from the impact of COVID 19 to ensure the safe participation of visitors, supporters and players alike

This list goes on.

With your support today you can help us ensure we cover some of these essential costs and that Otley RUFC will be able to provide safe and appropriate facilities to support sporting recreation when we re-open now and into the future.

Thank you in advance for your support.

The club would like to thank Edward Johnson (Otley) Ltd., Green Door Catering Co. and The Hoptimist, Guiseley and The White House Distillery, Otley for donating a reward to support our fundraising efforts.

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.


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

£100 or more

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Wall of Fame

Pledge £100 and we will add a brick to our "Wall of Fame" displayed in the club and include a Matchday lunch package for 1

£1 or more

Virtual Match Day Raffle - £1 per ticket

It is match day. We're running a raffle. £1 a ticket, just like being at a match but virtually. Of the amount raised - 50% goes to the club, first prize 40% and second prize 10%. Pledge £1 or more and each pound will be an entry into to the draw on 20th June. The winners will be announced on our social media platforms. The club will contact the winners to arrange payment via BACs during w/c 20th June 2020. Be in it to win it. Good Luck

£10 or more

Free Match Ticket & Thank you

Spare us a tenner and receive a complimentary 2020/21 match ticket to a game of your choice and a thank you on the club website and social media channels

£10 or more

Cement Our Relationship With Old Grovians RFC

We are pleased to announce that Otley RFC and Old Grovians RFC have reached an agreement for OGRFC to play all their rugby, this coming year, as guests of Otley. Both clubs are very excited about this new partnership and optimistic that it will be highly beneficial for both clubs next year and in the future. Of the funds raised under this pledge, 50% will go to Otley and 50% to Old Grovians.

£10 or more

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Hand Car Wash

Pledge just £10 today and this reward entitles you to a Hand Car Wash courtesy of Edward Johnson (Otley) Ltd, Carr Bank, Otley. There are only 20 available so act quick.

£10 or more

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Pledge £10 or more for a £10 gift token to spend at THE WHITE HOUSE DISTILLERY, Otley’s very own gin distillery. The spirit is vapour infused in their still, using carefully selected botanicals, topped with a hint of homegrown hops, a nod to Otley’s legendary pub culture. This ‘Ginaisance’ period has provided THE WHITE HOUSE DISTILLERY with the fantastic opportunity to realise their passion. We hope you enjoy this Spirit of Otley!

£15 or more

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Member Reward - Market Fresh Fruit 'n' Veg Box

This reward is available to Otley RUFC members only. Pledge £15 today and we will deliver a market-fresh Green To Your Door mixed fruit and vegetable box courtesy of the Green Door Catering Co. Please note: We can only deliver down the Wharfe valley from Pool to Skipton and surrounding areas. We will aim to deliver your Green To Your Door mixed fruit and vegetable box week commencing 15th June

£20 or more

Edward Johnson (Otley) Ltd - Labour Discount

Pledge £20 or more and receive a 10% discount on any labour charge on work undertaken by the Edward Johnson (Otley) Ltd. workshop. This reward will be redeemable for 2 years, expiry date 12th June 2022.

£20 or more

Member Offer - Match Day Lunch

This offer is only open to members of Otley RUFC. Pledge £20 or more today and we will say thank you by inviting you to our famous pre-match carvery. If you want to use this reward for a group of members then simply pledge £20 per member, e.g. 4 members pledge £80.

£30 or more

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Match day lunch package

Pledge £30 today and we'll reward you with a free match ticket and pre-match lunch

£60 or more

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Match day lunch package for 2

Pledge £60 today and we'll reward you with 2 match day tickets and pre-match lunch for 2

£75 or more

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Match Ball Sponsorship

Pledge £75 today and we will reward you with 2 match tickets, pre-match lunch for 2 and match ball sponsorship including your name in the matchday program, our website and all social media.

£500 or more

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Player Sponsorship

Sponsor a player and we will promote you or your business in each matchday program of the coming season. We will also promote you or your business on our website and on all our other social media platforms. We will also add you to our Wall of Fame with your own wording on the brick. Finally, we will invite you and a guest to a match of your choice which will include the pre-match lunch.

£1,000 or more

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Advertisement Board

For a business, this is too good to miss. Pledge £1,000 and we will supply an advertisement board based on your artwork. This will be displayed for 3 seasons. We will also provide a Match Day Lunch Packaged for 10 People as well as promoting your business on our website, social media platforms and in each matchday program for the coming season.

£15 or more

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Pledge £15 or more today and you will receive a gift voucher worth £20 to spend at THE HOPTIMIST TAP & BOTTLE SHOP, Guiseley. That's a saving of £5. There are only 10 gift vouchers available so act quickly! THE HOPTIMIST TAP & BOTTLE SHOP is new to the Guiseley high street selling craft beer and gin from local, national and international breweries. Website:

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