Pontefract RUFC Return from Covid Fund

by Pontefract RUFC in Pontefract, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th April 2021 we successfully raised £37,810 ( + est. £4790.50 Gift Aid ) with 251 supporters in 27 days

We are calling on you - our wide community of players, members, supporters & friends - to help raise £20,000 for our Return from Covid Fund

by Pontefract RUFC in Pontefract, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

New stretch target

With additional funds raised, we would be aiming to provide much needed separate toilet / shower facilities for our female members and visitors as well as much needed improvements to our disability facilities and access to the club.

In an effort to attract new social members, funds would be used to refurbish/ decorate the main interior of the clubhouse.

We would also invest money on our pitches in preparation for our return to rugby. Drainage, sand and fertiliser will be needed to continue to improve the grounds and make us rugby ready.


Who We Are: A Brief History

Pontefract RUFC is a community rugby union club, which has the objective of providing the best facilities to enable the men, women, boys and girls of the local area to enjoy the benefits of playing rugby.  

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Rugby Union has been played in Pontefract since the late 19th Century, with the club being based at the Moor Lane ground since 1967. Previously games were played at Pontefract Park.  The club’s 1st XV currently play in Yorkshire Div. 1, which is Level 7 of the RFU national league structure, and has two further senior teams (2nd XV and 3rd XV) as well as a range of Junior Teams for both boys and girls.  The club has ambitions to increase the number of boys and girls participating in the sport, and in particular to be able to field a Senior Women’s team in the future.

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Our club has a strong ethos and remain committed to our values, which we can summarise in three words:

1. Community 

2. Opportunity

3. Inclusion

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Santa visits our Clubs younger members every year

The Effects of Covid-19 on Pontefract RUFC: 

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for grassroots sports clubs which is going to make it very challenging for them to survive – and like many others, Pontefract Rugby Club has suffered greatly during this on-going situation.

Much of our usual income throughout the year comes from being able to run the bar, various sporting activities, not least Rugby, host fun days, as well as social events and functions, such as weddings, festivals and parties. Over the last few years these days and events have been vital to raise funds to keep the club open to our community, but because of the lockdown we have so far lost £77K of income from COVID-19 restrictions. 

Right now Pontefract RUFC really needs YOUR support…

Due to COVID-19 our Club has had to cease all of its sporting and social activities since the beginning of March 2020, resulting in a significant financial hit. With our usual revenue streams negatively affected, we are reaching out for your support to help us move forward with various capital projects - all of which will help us continue to thrive, grow, and work with and for our members and the wider community we serve.

The income that would have been generated for the club each year is essential in keeping the club doors open, and our facilities on offer to all in our community.

 It also supplements our maintenance projects to keep our club in good working order, and enables us to focus on 2-3 large improvement projects each season.

  • Renovation and Extension to the outside café and training area

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  • Pitch care activities – rolling, verti draining, seeding and cutting 

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  • Automation of the Main Gates for security purposes

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We identified the key to increasing the club's ongoing revenue stream in the long term, would be to sell more food and drink pitch side on weekends and at events. 

 It was planned to renovate the existing floodlights and develop an outside cafe area, creating a new server area for food and hot drinks to be sold from. 

 This new facility would also provide a safe outdoor social setting where club members and supporters can gather, as well as having potential for hire, community use and a hub for the local soup kitchen.

As these projects can no longer proceed due to all our events being cancelled, in an effort to make a real difference to our Club, we have enlisted the support of CrowdFunder to reach out to our wide community of supporters and friends through their crowdfunding website platform to raise funds for a Return from Covid Fund. We hope that our community of players, members, supporters and friends can rally together and lift the Club out of its current financial uncertainty by helping to raise the ambitious sum of £20,000 within 4 weeks.

The Projects YOU are funding?

The funds raised through this crowdfunding initiative will go towards ensuring the financial sustainability as we exit this difficult Covid-19 period. 

With the halting of all sporting activities and the closure of our clubhouse, we have lost over £77,000 (to date) in income since the start of lockdown. We urgently need funds to keep basic services running and to prepare for the re-opening of our clubhouse. This includes:

  • Completion of the Renovation and Extension to the outside café and training area
  • Pitch care activities – rolling, verti draining, seeding and cutting 
  • Automation of the Main Gates for security purposes
  • Essential repairs to the club's infrastructure. 
  • Replacement of equipment. 
  • A social media marketing campaign to help relaunch the club after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please let all your friends and families know about this CrowdFunder page, including the many that no longer live in our area, but who enjoyed attending and playing at the Club over the years. 

Let’s show what a great sporting community Pontefract is and help the Club through this difficult time.

Why Should You Help?

It is difficult to overestimate the value of our rugby club in our community

What seems to be merely recreational on the surface has a real effect on the lives of everyone involved. Sport improves your mood, your concentration levels and your sleeping habits. It reduces stress and depression. It has links to leadership traits and, most of all, it brings people and communities together

We cannot be more emphatic about the last point. Many of us that are part of Pontefract RUFC will say that we are not just a rugby club, we are a family. In fact, for many of us, to be without our club would be unthinkable. 

Our central catchment area attracts people from all over Yorkshire. It is a place where Public School and State School kids come together. It is a place where all are welcome: regardless of ethnicity, upbringing, gender, social status, religion or nationality.

This is made abundantly clear when you consider the diverse variety of sports teams that use out facilities. 

Without Pontefract RUFC, our local community would be without: 

  • 3 adult male teams and plans to field a senior womens team in the near future.
  • 10 youth teams, including 2 girls' teams and our newly developed and unique JET (Junior Elite Training) programme

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  • A 1st Team playing in the Level 7 of the National League structure.
  • One of the fastest growing youth sections in Yorkshire. 
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  • The home of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service RUFC
  • The home of various community clubs such as our local Running and  Dance club to name but a few
  • An established social membership of over 230 people, many of which are ex-players or the friends and families of ex-players.

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  • Over 60s 'Friday Gang' Social Club

There is real uncertainty with regard to how quickly we can get back to normal. 

We want to ensure that when we do begin to welcome back players, spectators, club members and visitors, we are prepared with a safe and enjoyable environment for all. 

What Will You Get In Return? 

In recognition and appreciation of everyone that donates a minimum of £25 to our cause, we are giving you the opportunity for your name to appear on our brand new 'Board of Honour'

This will hold a prominent position in our clubhouse, and it will memorialise all of our friends and members who have helped us through this difficult time. 

As well as this, we have many great and exclusive rewards available to claim whenever you make a donation. 

What should you do next?

Don't forget to spread the word! Make sure that all of your family and friends know about this site. Don't be afraid to share our effort on social media. And, most of all, please contribute (no matter how small, all donations will be really appreciated).

100% off all donations will go to our club, and our club only. 

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Indoor 1hr 5-a-side Pitch Hire at A1 Football

Our partners, A1 Football Factory are offering PEAK 5aside Pitch Hire usually £50 for one hour, so grab a bargain and help us to reach our target! Check out what else A1 Football Factory have to offer and their pitch availability at www.a1footballfactory.co.uk

£10 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Car Wash by our Junior Members

To say Thanks for your fantastic generosity, the Junior Members and their parents will be turning the PRUFC Car Park into Pontefract's NO 1 car wash for a Spring Afternoon, so grab a bargain and help us to reach our target!

£15 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Family Strawberry Picking Experience

Experience the best 'Pick your Own Strawberries' in Yorkshire. With this reward you will receive a voucher USUALLY WORTH OVER £25 for a family of 4 (2 children and 2 adults), to spend a day experiencing the fantastic, family-run, pick-your-own at Farmer Copleys. Valid till the end of July and subject to availability. Check out what Farmer Copleys has to offer at www.farmercopleys.co.uk

£15 or more

4 of 20 claimed

PRUFC Branded Mug

Pledge £15 and receive a Pontefract RUFC Cambridge Mug

£20 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Junior Polo Shirt

SPECIAL OFFER through the April Crowdfunder, we're offering a subsidised PRUFC Canterbury Junior Polo Shirt. Please email us to confirm size.

£20 or more

13 of 30 claimed

PRUFC Branded Bundle

Pledge £20 and receive a PRUFC branded enamel Pin Badge, Cambridge Mug and Car Sticker.

£22 or more

13 of 30 claimed

Adult Polo Shirt

SPECIAL OFFER through the April Crowdfunder, we're offering a subsidised PRUFC Canterbury Adult Polo Shirt. Please email us to confirm size.

£25 or more

9 of 30 claimed

Junior Hoody

SPECIAL OFFER through the April Crowdfunder, we're offering a subsidised PRUFC Canterbury Junior Hoody. Please email us to confirm size.

£30 or more

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Adult Hoody

SPECIAL OFFER through the April Crowdfunder, we're offering a subsidised PRUFC Canterbury Adult Hoody. Please email us to confirm size.

£30 or more

EARLY BIRD 2021/22 SOCIAL Membership & Voucher

WITH PRICES SET TO INCREASE inline with other YRUFC prices, we are pleased to announce that if you pay your fees before the Crowd Funding deadline (18:00hrs on the 30th April 2021) you will pay last years rate. In addition you will get a £10 voucher to spend in the club shop or over the bar. Once you have paid please ensure you provide an active email so we can send you the membership card and letter. Worth £40

£32 or more

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Golf Day Entry

Your entry to the PRUFC Golf Day at Pontefract and District Golf Club on July 9th 2021

£45 or more

EARLY BIRD 2021/22 FULL Membership & Voucher

WITH PRICES SET TO INCREASE inline with other YRUFC prices, we are pleased to announce that if you pay your fees before the Crowd Funding deadline (18:00hrs on the 30th April 2021) you will pay last years rate. In addition you will get a £10 voucher to spend in the club shop or over the bar. Once you have paid please ensure you provide an active email so we can send you the membership card and letter. Worth £55

£60 or more

EARLY BIRD 21/22 ADULT PLAYER Membership & Voucher

WITH PRICES SET TO INCREASE inline with other YRUFC prices, we are pleased to announce that if you pay your fees before the Crowd Funding deadline (18:00hrs on the 30th April 2021) you will pay last years rate. In addition you will get a £10 voucher to spend in the club shop or over the bar. Once you have paid please ensure you provide an active email so we can send you the membership card and letter

£60 or more

EARLY BIRD 21/22 JUNIOR Membership & Voucher

WITH PRICES SET TO INCREASE inline with other YRUFC prices, we are pleased to announce that if you pay your fees before the Crowd Funding deadline (18:00hrs on the 30th April 2021) you will pay last years rate. In addition you will get a £10 voucher to spend in the club shop. Once you have paid please ensure you provide an active email so we can send you the membership card and letter

£60 or more

36 of 50 claimed

LIMITED EDITION Canterbury Retro Rugby Shirt

Celebrating 130 years since we first won the Yorkshire Cup. Share in the history of the club with this LIMITED EDITION 1891 Heritage Canterbury retro rugby shirt. Completely unique, with our traditional theme and colours of Royal Blue. A once in a life time opportunity. Don't miss out. Sizes S to 4XL available

£70 or more

0 of 10 claimed

PRUFC Wall Plaque

Claim this reward and you will receive a PRUFC Wall Plaque

£90 or more

EARLY BIRD 2021/22 FAMILY Membership & Voucher

WITH PRICES SET TO INCREASE inline with other YRUFC prices, we are pleased to announce that if you pay your fees before the Crowd Funding deadline (18:00hrs on the 30th April 2021) you will pay last years rate. In addition you will get a £10 voucher to spend in the club shop or over the bar. Once you have paid please ensure you provide an active email so we can send you the membership card and letter

£100 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£100 Round of Golf for 4 at Pontefract Golf Club

You and three friends get a round of GOLF at Pontefract and District Golf Course!

£120 or more

27 of 40 claimed

Player Sponsorship

Sponsor a Player for the 2021/22 Season and have your chosen name / company name on our Player Sponsor Board predominatly placed in the club house and all 2021/22 Match day Programmes. This will also help subsidise players with the 2021/22 Training Kit.

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Table for 10 Match Day Experience

Claim this reward by donating £250, and you will get a real rugby experience for you and 9 others. This will include: 10 tickets to a game, reserved table in the clubhouse, a two course meal plus cheeseboard.

£295 or more

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Match Ball Sponsor & Table for 10 Match Day Experi

Claim this reward by donating £295, and you will get a real rugby experience for you and 9 others. This will include: Match Ball Sponsor and Name in the Programme of your chosen 1st XV Home Game, 10 tickets to the game, reserved table in the clubhouse, a two course meal plus cheeseboard.

£300 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Exclusive VIP Yorkshire Day Package

Entry for up 6 people to our 2021 Yorkshire Day Event. Prosecco & Canapes on arrival. Unlimited drinks from our Yorkshire Day menu with waiter/waitress service. Live music with prime viewing. Enjoy a great day.

£500 or more

2 of 8 claimed

PR Package

Receive a sponsorship and PR package for your chosen business to thank you for your Incredible support! You will receive:- A pitch side advertising board for 2 seasons with your company branding. Advertising for 12 months in our programmes and on our social media. Your company logo on our 2021/22 1st XV team kit 2 VIP Family tickets to PRUFC Yorkshire Day THIS PACKAGE IS WORTH £950!

£500 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Junior Kit Sponsor

Sponsor one of our Junior Teams Playing Kit for the 2021/22 Season and have your chosen name / company name on their shirts.

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Fish & Chips for 2 Voucher

You will receive Fish and Chips (with Peas or Curry Sauce) (worth £14) for 2 people at the fantastic Lanes Fisheries on Willow Park, Pontefract

£17 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Fish & Chips Voucher

You will receive a Fish and Chips voucher (worth £20) for the Brilliant Hillside Fisheries in Ackworth, run by friend of the club Charlie Tipton

£20 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Meat Voucher worth £25

With BBQ season just around the corner, the new and already very popular S&K Family Butchers on Station Lane, Featherstone are offering 4 Vouchers WORTH £25. See what they currently have to offer via https://www.facebook.com/cablesbutcher/

£25 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Freshly Prepared Healthy MEAL PREPARATION PACKAGE

For just £25, receive a £36 Meal Preparation Package (12 meals) from the PERFORMANCE FUEL Menu at A1 Football Factory. Hand-crafted sports nutrition developed to enhance your performance goals and keep you lean. These meals are prepared using fresh ingredients and will help to maintain your nutrition goals. Enjoy freshly prepared meals at a hugely discounted price. Take a mouth watering peak at their current menu https://a1ff.bytable.net/menu

£35 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£40 Indian Restaurant Vouchers

Thaal Indian Restaurant in Brotherton are offering these magnificent vouchers to exchange for their delicious Indian food served in their relaxed, contemporary surroundings. We're sure you'll be happy with this exchange for your generous donation. Their menu is awesome! https://thaalbrotherton.co.uk/main-menu/

£50 or more

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£50 Drinks Voucher at the PRUFC Bar

PRUFC will offer you a voucher for 20 drinks (worth £60+) to be used whenever you like and will have no time limits! That's only £2.50 per drink

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Gym Membership & Online Ultimate Shred Package

Usually £85.....grab a bargain and Receive 1 month membership in the ever growing Ultimate Shred Gym, giving you access to Open Gym & 40+ classes a month PLUS a sign up to their next ULTIMATE SHRED ONLINE PROGRAMME starting 24th May. This gives you access to your own portfolio (via Ultimate Shred app) of online Gym & Home based workouts with NUTRITION GENERATOR to help with that 'leaner' you. Check what they have to offer www.ultimateshred.co.uk

£100 or more

20 of 20 claimed

£100 Drinks Voucher at the PRUFC Bar

PRUFC will offer you a voucher for 50 drinks (worth £150+) to be used whenever you like and will have no time limits! That's only £2.00 per drink

£450 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£450 Life-time Membership

Life-time membership - Free entry to every home game - Free tickets to our 2021 Yorkshire day and a FREE PRUFC Polo Shirt

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