We did it
On 22nd September 2020 we successfully raised £15,010 with 123 supporters in 52 days

We started the project to raise money to invest in our main pitch . £15,000 will enable us to invest in two pitches . We are almost there !

by Sherborne Rugby Football Club in Sherborne, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

£10,000  has enabled the club to work on the main pitch thank you . £15,000 will mean we will start working on the second pitch as well to the exact standard of  the other . Two pitches in first class condition and a superb place for visitors and supporters to watch Sherborne players of all ages - all by the end of September and perfect for when rugby returns 

1595052277_sherborne_rugby_football.jpgSherborne RFC are raising funds to keep players playing. 

What do you know about Sherborne Rugby Football Club?

Formed in 1980 with a playing membership of over 350 players with 2/3rds under the age of 18. We are proud to be a community-based club and open to everyone with players from the ages of 5 to 55yrs old boys and girls 

We have had some brilliant players over the years and currently have four ex Sherborne players in the Rugby Premiership (Ollie Devoto at Exeter. Jake Woolmore at  Bristol. Tom James at  Northampton and Tom Lawday at Harlequins) which is quite extraordinary for such a small town and they have all come through the club’s teams at some stage and still help out when they can!

Sherborne has a number of England Internationals at the various age groups /student and displays Ollie Devoto’ s England Full Cap against Wales in the clubhouse 

1595514295_ollie_d.jpgThe 1st XV are playing at Level 6 in South West One with a team primarily built through the younger age groups.

Why the project 

Sherborne has a fabulous pitch constructed for us twenty years ago at a cost of circa £700k.  Unfortunately, the pitch holds water and for the last few seasons we have had to close it for three mo1595513192_picture_of_site_corner_from_road.jpgnths  mid-winter as its been waterlogged.

With the pitch perfect we can get the younger teams playing games under floodlights again and making all our fixtures / occasions very special

The consequence of pitch closure 

The consequence of closing the pitch for three months is less income but more importantly less games. Moving games off our site means at the wettest part of the winter means we must rely on council pitches to play. There have been many occasions when we have been advised that a council pitch is not available as its been overplayed. We cancel games or try and rearrange fixtures. Moving games has also reduced the number of people who come to watch as there is no shelter or refreshment and it prevents people in wheelchairs from gaining access as there are no pathways.


What the plan is

Keith Kent the former RFU Head Groundsman came to the club in March 2020 and agreed that our main pitch could be something very special. We play in an area of outstanding beauty ! He has written a plan (Extract below) that we are working with which will address drainage and condition over the course of a year. We started work in April and have extensive works planned in September. We have worked in conjunction with the Sherborne Town Council, Sherborne Golf Club and Folke Golf Club who have all been very supportive and part of the solution 


Covid 19 has put our project in jeopardy?

The project has been put in jeopardy as a result of the pandemic

The club lost substantial income in March/April and May 2020 which historically are very strong months for us as a result of good weather, end of season social events and the Club Annual Dinner Dance. 

We must also be extremely cautious on major expenditure in  the forthcoming season which we believe will be financially tougher than any we have experienced before . 

We remain unsure when it will start and what our income will be under the latest guidelines regarding the use of indoor social space .

We have outstanding community sponsors who have supported us financially over many years  and help us become what we are today . This  will be our time to support them which I know our members will do   . 

Crowdfunding we hope will send our message in many different directions and  help us achieve our goal of keeping players playing, pitch perfect ! 


Thanks for giving your time to read about our project I hope you can help!


 Mike Trew Chairman 

07808 096810 email  mike.trew@molsoncoors.com



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Happy Christmas !

Support the club and receive a £5 voucher from Castle Gardens in Sherborne to spend on a Christmas Tree in December

£30 or more

8 of 30 claimed

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 6 one hour classes on the pitch with the aim of improving fitness. The class will be in the evening and likely to run between 6pm and 7pm

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Get your central heating boiler ready for winter

The Local Boiler Company will service for central heating boiler in September or October and give you 20% off the rate card for the service .

£40 or more

Season Ticket to 1st XV Games 2020/21

We would normally play 13 1st XV home games in a season but this season when it starts is likely to be less . You will receive a card that you can show at the gate and would hope that this creates good value

£50 or more

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Pilates on the Pitch

Pilates on the Pitch with Lucy Pollard . One 45 minutes Pilates session with Lucy Pollard Pilates Instructor and Back Care Specialist on the Pitch in August or September

£75 or more

Vice President Sherborne Rugby Football Club

Sherborne has a strong group of VPs who support the club and make a donation each season . We have 10 year schemes and offer life membership as well for £1000 . • Apply for International tickets although demand is often greater than supply • Full Voting rights • Monthly email on news • Vice President Tie • Membership card for one year

£100 or more

Pitch Perfect Honours Board 2020

Your name will be added to the Pitch Perfect 2020 Supporter Board placed at the entrance to the pitch as a thank you for your help and support and to recognise the contributions we received in a challenging year

£150 or more

Match-day Programme Adverts 2020/21

Sherborne Rugby can offer your business or organisation the opportunity to amplify your business message through the official match day programme. There are many options to choose from, with a variety of sizes to suit your needs and budget. Whether you wish to advertise for the entire season or utilise space for one-off promotions, you can use the match day programme to reach the spectators at every home match

£200 or more

Perimeter Advertising 2020/2021 Season

The sign will be mounted around the perimeter of the pitch for the season and the price excluding the cost of the board is £200 each. Boards are circa 2.9m x .75m - finished with the sponsor’s graphics on one side of the sign. Printed on outdoor gloss vinyl, gloss laminated and mounted on 10mm pvc board .All boards are made in Sherborne by South West Signs and the cost of the board is normally added to the first year’s advertising cost.

£200 or more

Player Sponsorship 2020/21

This is our most “personal” sponsorship package where you can choose or be allocated a member of the Senior Squad to sponsor.Your support of a player will be advertised on the Club’s website and in the programme and is available at £200 for the season

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