Selby RUFC - Keep us in the game

by Selby RUFC in Selby, England, United Kingdom


Gift Aid
+ est. £1334.50
£20,000 stretch target 11 days left
103% 152 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 28th January 2021 at 12:03pm

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit our club finances through limited sporting activities and no social events. Please help us.

by Selby RUFC in Selby, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you so much for your generous support we have hit our initial £15k target!

As we still have some brilliant Rewards to release and there is still a large demand to support the club, we have stretched our target to £20k.

This will really….Keep us in the game.


            Selby RUFC – “Keep us in the game”

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 other clubs, Selby Rugby Club is facing financial pressures with the on-going situation.

With our usual revenue streams significantly impacted, we are reaching out for your support to help us raise money for a Covid-19 Relief Fund. This will enable us to continue to provide club facilities for our members and the wider community we serve.


Who we are – and what we do…

Selby Rugby Club dates back to 1933 and has always been at the heart of the local community.  We pride ourselves in being a family friendly club and regularly see second or even third-generation players coming through the teams.  Selby Rugby Club is a place where competition and friendship go hand in hand.  

We have four senior men's teams; a ladies and girls section; fantastic mini and junior teams that get boys and girls playing and training from 6-18 years old; and a growing O2 Touch & Pass sessions.


In the Community 

The Club acts as a ‘hub’ for the local community and historically we have links with a large number of educational institutions in the area.  Local schools regularly visit the grounds at Sandhill Lane and our aim is to increase the amount of rugby in Britain’s schools and promote rugby core values.  We host inter-schools sports and provide summer sporting camps, along with extra support coaching for local schools. 

Our local MP, Nigel Adams, invited ex-England Captain and Chair of the International Rugby Board Billy Beaumont, and CEO for the Rugby Football Union Bill Sweeney, to visit Selby RUFC to show how the Club is being used in the community, especially at junior level.  Both Bills were very complimentary about how involved we were with local schools and spreading the word about the benefits rugby brings, not just physically, but also in the values that it promotes. 


Schoolgirls from Selby High School and Brayton Academy, Nigel Adams MP, Bill Sweeney, Bill Beaumont

Our facilities are used beyond rugby and we share our grounds with the local cricket club, archery, running, cycling, and a meeting place for the local hockey club.   

At the beginning of the year and in support of Doddie Weir Foundation, a charity cycle team led by ex-Scotland Captain and British & Irish Lion, Rob Wainwright, dropped into Sandhill Lane while cycling from Twickenham Stadium, London to BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.  Our President, Doug Skelton, presented Rob with a cheque for Doddie’s charity which had been raised at the Club’s Burns’ Night Supper.  The cycle team were aiming to raise over £100,000 and Selby was very pleased to give them a well-earned rest and contribute to their fundraising efforts. 


As a Club, we also support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and our Boxing Day meeting raises money for our hardship fund which supports our own players if they find themselves financially challenged through injury or other circumstances. 

How Covid-19 has affected the club 

Senior Rugby

Since the season was abandoned in March we have been unable to play any league rugby and won’t be able to do so until the start of the new season in September 2021.  We have a pool of players who regularly train, but with the lack of competitions, we have seen a significant drop in senior players' membership.  It may take us a few seasons to attract those players back again.


Junior Rugby

Like the seniors, the juniors also have had no fixtures.  We have engaged with the players throughout the lockdowns and it was good to see the majority return to training on a Sunday morning and weekday evenings.   Like the seniors we have seen a drop in player numbers and the decline could continue over the winter months.  The teams are inclusive of all skill sets and age grades – we actively encouraging non-members to join us and experience what we have to offer.



We regularly host Yorkshire teams for both training and matches.  Memorable matches in 2019 include Carnegie Academy v Leicester Tigers and Yorkshire 20s v Northumberland in County Championship Semi-final.  Not to mention a very wet Warrington Wolves’ v Wakefield Trinity  Physical Disability Rugby League final too.



At the centre of all our sporting activities is our Clubhouse which has possibly felt the most impact from the current circumstances.  From the original hut of the 1940s, and with the forward-thinking of many club members before us, we are lucky to have the wonderful facilities we know today.  However, with restrictions on gatherings in hospitality venues, our regular club, and social events, christenings and parties have been severely affected and limited footfall has meant revenue is extremely low.  


So in summary, Covid 19 has affected the Club with:

  • no competitive rugby since March for seniors or age grade;
  • no use of our gym or changing rooms;
  • no social events in the Clubhouse;
  • no matchday entertaining for members and sponsors;
  • limited food offering;
  • no hosting of representative rugby matches;
  • cancellation of the May 2021 marquee event;

Financially, this has lead to a significant loss of income, including;

  • Loss of the Ball and Sporting Dinner £30k
  • Loss of Saturday rugby £20k
  • Loss of events £30k
  • Reduced sponsorship £6k
  • Reduced membership £6k

Despite this, throughout 2020 we have been able to support the community:

  • Whenever possible, we have kept open to support and promote physical and mental health.
  • We continued our age-grade/youth and senior training – following RFU guidelines.
  • We supported our broader sporting relationships – Cricket, Archery, Running, Hockey.
  • We have held ladies and touch rugby.
  • We have expanded on the O2 touch rugby we offer, added additional sessions through the summer.
  • We opened our clubhouse to all.

We have been extremely well supported by our Sponsors and Members, for which we are incredibly thankful, but with further lack of visitors to the Club over the coming months, our finances are being stretched very thinly and now we really need YOUR extra support…

Please help to "Keep us in the game"

We are looking to raise £15,000+ from our members, the community, and hopefully, fingers crossed, match funding from Sport England. 

The impact of Covid-19, both socially and financially, is being felt throughout our country and Selby RUFC is no different.  The Club prides itself on inclusivity from all social backgrounds and has historically kept overheads, training, and playing fees at minimum levels.  Covid-19 has meant an inability to operate a matchday bar, host external events, and undertake our usual fundraising activities.  

Therefore, we are asking those associated with the club and the wider local community to help by donating what you can.

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.

Where will the money raised be spent?

  • Providing appropriate support and facilities to continue training safely
  • Maintaining all our pitches throughout the winter months.
  • Supporting the loss of income due to COVID-19, providing support to all areas of SRUFC while we tackle the current crises
  • Maintaining floodlights to keep our players and visitors safe.
  • Maintaining our changing rooms and toilet facilities.
  • Improving and maintaining our clubhouse
  • Implementing measures to safely return to rugby from COVID-19 for all club players, coaches, staff, volunteers, members, and supporters.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

52 of 60 claimed

Gin, Fizz and Wine Night

Ladies, what a night this will be! Gin, Fizz, Wine, and a Dance. The equivalent of 4 x drink tokens. Further details to follow.

£5 or more

Sponsor a cyclist on the Selby to Pock bike ride

Sponsor our team of cyclists on the Selby RUFC to Pocklington RUFC May bike ride and receive a Crowdfunder bike ride programme.

£10 or more

6 of 10 claimed

Club Baseball Cap

Club Baseball Cap

£10 or more

2 of 4 claimed

10 miscellaneous branded pint glasses

Pack of 10 Ex clubhouse miscellaneous branded pint glasses.

£10 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Selby RUFC Insulated cup

Selby RUFC insulated cup - black with a red lid and club logo and "Keep us in the game" on the side. A great way to keep your drink warm.

£15 or more

1 of 12 claimed

45 minute rugby skills masterclass with RDO, Tizzy

45 minute passing masterclass with RDO, Richard 'Tizzy' Nicholson. Two dates (TBC) with six players at each session. Reward is for one player at one session.

£15 or more

8 of 10 claimed

M&S Prestige Gold Car Valet Upgrade

This reward entitles you to a M&S prestige Gold Valet for the price of a Silver Valet. On a standard car, with this upgrade you pay only £55 and receive the Gold Valet worth £85. Additional charges apply to large vehicles & 4x4's

£20 or more

11 of 13 claimed

Match Ball Sponsor for a 2021/22 Season game

Sponsor the match ball for a 1st XV Home 2021/22 match and a mention in the programme

£20 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Beginner music lesson for ages 8 to 18.

Beginner music lesson on keyboard or guitar for ages 8 to 18. 30 mins to an hour. Within 15 miles of the club. Further details available

£20 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Match Day Programme and Social Media Thank you

Your name in our match programme and on our club social media. A big thank you from us for your help to "Keep us in the game"

£20 or more

6 of 12 claimed

individual place at our beer tasting evening

An individual place at our beer tasting evening at the club Includes the equivalent of at least 5 bottles of beer per person. Only 12 available

£22 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Club Scarf and Key Ring

Club Scarf and Key Ring

£28 or more

Mens Limited Edition Selby RUFC Vest

Limited edition Kukri training vest in black and gold. These will only be available as a crowdfunder reward. Collection will be available at the club, timing to be confirmed (but before summer!)

£28 or more

Ladie's Limited Edition Selby RUFC Vest

Limited edition Kukri training vest in black and gold. These will only be available as a crowdfunder reward. Collection will be available at the club, timing to be confirmed (but before summer!)

£50 or more

5 of 7 claimed

Clubhouse Social Event Hire

Hire of the clubhouse subject to usual availability as agreed with Clubhouse Manager. Please discuss with the Clubhouse Manager before Pledging

£65 or more

8 of 10 claimed

Selby RUFC 2021/22 home season ticket & scarf

Entry to all the 1st team home games in 2021/22 plus programme and a nice warm club scarf

£400 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Team Bench Coats - Need to keep your team warm

Sponsor a Team Bench Coats with your chosen logo. This will provide a team of your chice with bench coats. Teams up to Under's 12 will recieve 5 bench coats. Under 13's and up, including seniors, will receive 4 bench coats.

£450 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Pitch side sponsor board

This is a three-year package and commitment including: One 600 x 2400mm company advertising hoarding around pitch 1 and/or car park, including manufacture and erection. Cost: Year 1 - £400 + VAT Rent (includes printing manufacture and fixing costs) Year 2 & 3 - £275+ VAT (and any subsequent years)

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Club Beanie Hat

Club Beanie Hat

£15 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Selby RUFC Bike ride to Pocklington - One way

Saturday 1st May - 29 miles ONE WAY - Buy 2 if you want to share the full 58 miles. Pledge for a cyclist on the Selby to Pocklington club bike ride. Pledge for yourself or nominate a willing cyclist. See Social Media for the route and more details.

£25 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Drone Photos

Drone photos of your house, car, etc. Location of your choice within 15 miles of the club and subject to drone laws. At least 10 x soft copy photographs of the location to be emailed.

£30 or more

31 of 31 claimed

Selby RUFC Bike ride to Pocklington Return ticket

For those keen to make the return journey, ride back as well to earn a completers podium pic. Saturday 1st May - 29 miles. Pledge for a cyclist on the Selby to Pocklington club bike ride. Pledge for yourself or nominate a willing cyclist. See Social Media for the route and more details.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Ossett Brewery Tour for 2 people

Brewery tour for 2 people, kindly donated by Ossett Brewery. Dates to be agreed. Further details available

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Charlie Booth's Regular Pie

Claimed by Chris Jackson

£55 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Charlie Booth's XL pie

Claimed by Janine Adamson

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Retro Selby RUFC tracksuit

Medium (40" chest) mens tracksuit as shown on our Instagram account

£108 or more

6 of 6 claimed

VIP Match day with the President - party of 4

Group of 4, 2021/22 Season ,1st team game entry, programme, seated meal in Cafe bar, 1 drink pp, plus as many anecdotes as you can stomach from our very own president. 2 tables available for each VIP event across 3 different match days

£120 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Beer tasting evening - table of 6.

Table of 6 at our beer tasting event at the club with 5 tables in total. Includes the equivalent of at least 5 bottles of beer per person

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

An electrician for a day

1 electrician kindly provided by Keith France Electrical. Up to 6 hours of labour time and work within 15 miles of the Selby RUFC. Any products or parts required are not included in the Reward and will be invoiced separately.

£250 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Personalised Parking Space - 1st Team Home Games

Designated Parking space for the 2021/22 season at 1st Team Home matches.

Let's make 'Selby RUFC - Keep us in the game' happen

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