Ruskin Rugby Community Covid Response

by Ruskin Park RFC in St. Helens, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd August 2021 we successfully raised £3,408 with 63 supporters in 42 days

Ruskin Park have been at the heart of St Helens since 1954. We are reaching out to the wider community to help us bounce back from Covid.

by Ruskin Park RFC in St. Helens, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we could raise more than our target, this will allow to secure our facilities for the next 2 years and help us facilitate further free community touch rugby sessions.


Ruskin Park Rugby Football Club

Ruskin Park RFC was formed in 1954, under the name of St Helens Recs, by a group of Rugby enthusiasts at Pilkington Glass, and membership of the club was initially limited to employees of the company. This was soon rescinded and the club welcomed all players to its ranks, which resulted in the club being very successful both on the field and off it.

The club changed its name to Ruskin Park in the 1970's to avoid confusion the many other sides in the region with a similar name, but continued to attract other players from the area.

At Ruskin nearly all the volunteers, players and members stay committed to the club for long periods of times. Ruskin Drive has always been a real community hub and has welcomed everyone. Most of the players at Ruskin are second, third or even fourth generations. We have hosted teams, tournaments, been on tours and promoted the enjoyment of the sport for all ages over the last 67 years and long for this to continue.

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Ruskin Park Today

As with a lot of clubs in the modern era, Ruskin struggle to keep up with the more professional local clubs and has constantly strived for players, coaches, volunteers and committee members to go about their business purely for the love of the game.

Ruskin do not have their own clubhouse and rent a pitch from the local council.  All funds are generated by the members and players through raffles, playing fees, generous sponsorship and social events.  As you can imagine, during the recent pandemic, there has been little opportunity to raise any funds.

Despite this, we felt that during the various lockdowns and restrictions we had an obligation to provide some respite for the wider St Helens community.

During the pandemic we have held Community Fitness Bootcamps, Touch Rugby Sessions, On-line Social Events and offered support to anyone who has reached out for help.

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How we Help the Community Recover From Covid and Lockdown

As we slowly start to get back to playing rugby we recognise that the community has really struggled during the pandemic and have decided to help ease the burden and make playing rugby as easy and as financially free as possible.

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Community Touch Rugby Sessions

We are currently offering free of charge Community Touch Rugby Sessions on Wednesdays these are well attended mixed touch sessions.  We encourage women, men and have couples who join us on a regular basis

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Providing Free Rugby For All

We have waived all Membership Fees for the coming season and we are again working behind the scenes to provide all the Kit, Training Equipment, Matchday Supplies and Medical Support - Free of Charge for all players.

As you can imagine; this all costs money, as does the hiring of facilities, washing kits, providing post match food and all the other ongoing expenses involved with running a community sports club.  That is where you come in...

How will the money raised be spent?

All money raised will directly go to our community rugby projects:

  • Provision of appropriate equipment and Covid precautions
  • Training and Touch Rugby Pitch Hire
  • Training equipment, balls and player kit
  • First Aid provisions and basic training of coaching staff
  • Coach training and development to allow us to offer the best experience for our players
  • Match day pitch and facility hire

We DO NOT charge our players any membership fees as we want to be 100% inclusive and not dissuade any one from joining our projects.  

How you can help

Whether you've played for, supported, occasionally watched or even know someone who has; we are asking to give a little back to your community club. Whether its £5 or £50, £10 or £100; please help us continue the great work our volunteers are doing to help continue the great work of Ruskin Park.

All monies will go to providing opportunities for everyone in St Helens to partake in Rugby regardless of ability.  We don't have a clubhouse to refurbish or a roof to fix, every penny will be spent on Rugby related costs in order to provide a home for those who just want to play rugby whatever their background or financial situation.

"Always remember Ruskin are a Team of Mates!"  Lou Kwasnicki

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Rewards 

To say a huge thank you for donating we have and are working with a few local sponsors, friends and partnerships to offer the chance of some rewards for your donations. Please note you don't have to claim a reward and can just donate. 

New rewards will be added on at any time so please keep an eye out for some great new rewards.

Matchday sponsorship rewards now available!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

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Matchday Sponsorship

Sponsor one of our home games this coming season - Prominent position on marketing materials the week of the match including full coverage on all social media platforms.

£2 or more

Community Touch Rugby Session

Join us for one of our midweek touch rugby sessions. All abilities welcome

£5 or more

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Regalos £10 Gift Vouchers

£10 Gift Voucher for St Helens' newest bespoke gift shop. Treat yourself to something lovely for your home. www.facebook.com/RegalosUK

£5 or more

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Liverpool FC Cadbury's Chocolate Bar

Large Limited Edition Liverpool FC Dairy Milk Gift Bar. Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate with a glass and a half of fresh milk.

£5 or more

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Man Utd Cadbury's Chocolate Bar

Large Limited Edition Manchester United Dairy Milk Gift Bar. Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate with a glass and a half of fresh milk.

£10 or more

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Day Pass at Ruskin Leisure Gym

Spend the day in the brand new Ruskin Leisure Gym. Experience full use of the pool, gym and coffee bar facilities. See details here: www.ruskinsthelens.com/fitness-club/

£20 or more

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Matchball Sponsorship

Sponsor one of our home matchballs this coming season - Presented on all marketing materials the week of the match including full coverage on all social media platforms.

£20 or more

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15% off your food bill at the Sticky Wicket

Get 15% off your food bill at the Sticky Wicket Restaurant in St Helens. Get 5 Star treatment at the Sticky Wicket and choose form their delicious new menu. www.ruskinsthelens.com/sticky-wicket/

£20 or more

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Aromatherapy Massage from Green Rooms Therapies

Reward yourself with a Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage from The Green Room Therapies. www.facebook.com/TheGreenRoomTherapies

£25 or more

Ruskin Park Canterbury T - Shirt

Ruskin Park RFC Canterbury Ugly Cotton Tee - Navy blue with printed logo on the front Size: Small to 4XL

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Ruskin Park RFC CCC Team Dry Polo Snr Navy blue with Club badge Size: Small to 4XL

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Ruskin Park RFC CCC Team Hoody Snr - Navy blue with Club badge - Size: Small to 4XL

£50 or more

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Half Page Advert in Matchday Programme

Grab yourself a half page advert in our new matchday programme.

£75 or more

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Full Page Advert in Matchday Programme

Grab yourself a full page advert in our new matchday programme. A great way to get your business seen by all our social media and physical fans!

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