Help St Mary's Kick COVID into Touch

by St Mary's RFC in Bradley Stoke, England, United Kingdom


raised of £20,000 stretch target


116% 35 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 27th October 2020 at 8:08pm

Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Erection of Tractor Store, Upgrade of Referees Facilities & improve Changing Facilities to support diversity

by St Mary's RFC in Bradley Stoke, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We have a long term vision to add additional changing facilities to the Club which will enable us to have all sides playing together on the same day but with better privacy for changing.  This is a long term development aim but the first steps are the creation of the tractor store to help free up space in the Clubhouse that has the potential to be reassigned.

We also have an all weather surface that will need upgrading and replacing - this is significant cost that we cannot currently budget for but if our crowdfunding is successful we can start planning for this upgrade.


We are a diverse and inclusive Rugby Club in Bradley Stoke, Bristol running  

  • Minis and Juniors teams from the age of 6-17, 
  • a Senior Ladies Team that is a pathway Club for Bristol Bears Women and 
  • 3 Senior Mens teams. 

We are an O2 Touch Centre welcoming players from outside of our Club and we also run a Walking Rugby team for families and mixed ability particpants.


We pride ourselves on this and the development of talent, seeing our members move on to higher things is one of our values as evidenced by some of our former players like 

  • Jake Polledri, Gloucester & Italy, 
  • Callum Braley, Treviso and Italy, 
  • Joe Joyce, Bristol Bears and Ireland U20s and 
  • Nathan Chamberlain to Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland U20s.  

SMOB Ladies have seen 

  • Kyara Martin, Jo Smith and Phoebe Beer go up to Bristol Bears Women, 
  • Sammy Knighton and Kirsty Fido to Cheltenham Tigers and 
  • Emily Robson has represented British Police and 
  • Tori Gilmartin the British Army.   

 Ultimately we are really passionate about playing for fun, coaching with a growth mindset and ensuring that everyone who wants to play gets to play.

Since the beginning of lockdown our Club has had to cease all of its sporting and social activities, resulting in a significant financial hit; 

We continued to invest in the grounds and pitches,  so as lockdown was eased, we have been able to train and share our facilities with our Gaelic Football and Association Football partners.  As well as grounds maintenance costs we have continued to employ (rather than Furlogh) our Club Manager to carry out maintenance work in the clubhouse and on the pitches.

Our usual summer income comes from being able to host our Minis and Juniors Festival in April, where over 40 Clubs come to play, summer parties for corporate clients, as well as social events and functions, inclusding weddings, and birthday parties. Over the last few years these events have been vital to raise funds for us to carry our improvements to our facilities and to help us widen participation.  Because of the COVID situation we have so far lost £40,000 of income from not being able to run these events.


Despite our own difficulties, St Mary's have been active in raising cash for our Community, as our Chairman explains in his video - raising funds for the NHS Charities, RFU Injured Players Foundation, the Bristol Bears Community Foundation and Mental Health Awareness.   


But now we need to raise our own funds to complete our improvement projects so we can continue widening participation for Girls and Women's Rugby and provide better facilities so that when COVID is over we can generate more income ourselves and become sustainable again.



We urgently need cash to pay for the refurbishment of our Kitchen including the purchase of a new Commercial Grade Cooker and the reconfiguration of the space so we can safely operate in a post COVID world.  Being able to provide food means our members and guests stay longer, enjoy the experience and contribute to increasing our revenue and funding.

Additionally we have had to pause the installation of our external tractor store due to lack of money.  We need to hire specialist equipment and run services to this location as well as finalise the groundworks and then carry out the erection.  

This will free up space that is the first stage in a vision to develop dedicated Female  changing facilities to help us to make better use of our pitches and facilities and further develop Girls only sides and a second Senior Ladies team.


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 and Sport England have joined in to match fund all donations by 50%.  

So if we hit our £15,000 target we will receive an additional £7,500 from Sport England.  This will enable us to complete our planned improvement projects.

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 supporting or playing at the Club over the years. Help us kick COVID into touch!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£75 or more

12 of 40 claimed

2020 Stash Pack - Ladies or Mens

** Early Bird first 40 £5 Off will revert to £80 ** Receive a personalised set of the new SMOBL or SMOB 2020-21 Training and Leisure stash worth £100 to include Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, Track Pants Gym Shorts, Gym Socks, Bobble Hat. We will contact you separately to capture size requirements. Have up to 3 initials personalised on the tops.

£5 or more

Windy’s Chipotle Hot Sauce

With a deep smoky flavour, uncap Windy’s Chipotle Hot Sauce. The smoothness of rich chipotle peppers are paired with his candlelight peppers and an infusion of signature spices. It’s great when paired with pork, chicken and has been known to liven up the dreariest of Billy’s Tiger Rolls. Uncap Real Flavour™ with Windy’s Chipotle Chilli Sauce. Bottle size 250ml, keep refrigerated, should last up to 3 months

£6 or more

St Mary`s Pitch Up for Rugby drink and BBQ

St Mary`s Pitch Up for Rugby drink and BBQ Register and receive on arrival at our 'Pitch Up for Rugby' Event on Saturday 12th September a voucher for your first drink at the bar and a hot dog or burger from the BBQ.

£10 or more

£10 Family Support

Does a member of your family play at SMOB? If so you could help St Mary's kick Covid into touch by pledging £10 or more and help spread our fundraising message across your own Social Networks.

£20 or more

6 of 20 claimed

Introduction to wine tasting evening

Ever wanted to know a little bit more about wine, try some new varieties as well as your usual and have more confidence buying wine? Then join us in a fun evening where we will taste 8 wines from Fizz and Whites to some full bodied Reds, with a couple of very special treats, £10 from each ticket will be a donation to Kick Covid into touch.

£22 or more

St Mary`s Matchday Holdall/ Kit Bag

If you claim this reward you will be given a rugged 45L kit bag with Saint Mary`s logo and the option to add your initials. Travel in style either to matches or for a weekend get away.

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Domain Name and Holding Web Page

When it comes to personal or business branding, having your own domain name can be a great resource. Registering a domain that consists of your first and last, or business name is something worth considering for a bunch of different things. How about an online portfolio to show off your work, a web-space to connect with family around the world, or simply give your kid a head-start by registering their name before someone else does?

£55 or more

Old Gits Supporter's Stash Pack

The right gear to keep the Old Gits warm when we finally start playing in December (fingers crossed). A Gilet/Bodywarmer to keep out the cold, a SMOB Bobble Hat, SMOB Socks and a SMOB T-Shirt to get down with the players in the Clubhouse after the game. Go on - spoil yourself with the pension money you have saved during lockdown.

£65 or more

Mini/Junior Stash Pack

The same design as the Adult Stash packs only cheaper - will scale up to size 13 - the designs are all on the website at

£240 or more

2021-2022 Vice President Membership

This membership package includes full non-playing membership of £60 as well as a donation to the Capital Projects that the Club needs to carry out for the season 2022-22. By paying forward now you will receive your Vice Presidents membership at the reduce rate of £240.

£300 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Pitchside Sponsorship Board

See your company advertised around the main pitch for 3 year cost of £300 + VAT. This will include all artwork (subject to you supplying your company logo/details), materials, and erecting the board. This is our standard 1 year rate so you will receive 2 additional years included in the price.

£500 or more

£500 2020-21 Vice President Membership

This membership package includes full non-playing membership of £60 as well as a donation to the Capital Projects that the Club needs to carry out for the season 2020-21. Vice Presidents are formally recognised on the Vice Presidents Honours Board, receive an VPs Pin Badge and are invited to attend the Vice President's Annual Pre Match lunch. Their generosity helps to ensure the Club can invest for the future.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Donation Hodges SMOB Ladies Coaching

This sponsorship package will enable SMOB Ladies to benefit from excellent coaching, enabling the club to provide a talented team of specialist coaches headed up by Rich Hynes. As Sponsor, Hodges will be invited to bring 2 guests to a pre match function as guests of the Chairman at one of the SMOBL Home Games in season 2020-21.

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Club Shorts Sponsor

Our playing kit is consistent across all sections of the Club. Have your Logo on the rear of our playing shorts and seen by multitudes supporters, parents and potential customers across three senior Mens, our Senior Ladies and all minis and Junior sides.

£2,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Sponsorship for 2020-21 Season

Become one of our key corporate Sponsors for the 2020-21 season. Package includes Pitchside Board, Table of 6 at 2 of our Sponsors Dinners for you and your guests plus 2 free hires of the Clubhouse.

£5 or more

50 of 50 claimed

St Mary`s Pitch Up for Rugby drink and BBQ

** Early Bird first 50 only £5 Each** Register and receive on arrival at our 'Pitch Up for Rugby' Event on Saturday 12th September a voucher for your first drink at the bar and a hot dog or burger from the BBQ.

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£5 Reward Windy Miller`s Legendary Chilli Sauce

Ever wondered how Steve Miller earned his nickname Windy? Try some of his home made Chilli Sauce and find out! For those of a certain age, Camberwick Green meets Trumpton.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Boot Camp Donation

Donation from Boot camp participants

£1,180 or more

1 of 1 claimed

BSYFC Training Pitches Donation

This reward entitles BSYFC to 59 training pitch slots across the month of August

£2,400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Advertising Package for Hallen Developments

This reward provides for provision of Pitchside and Clubhouse Advertising for Hallen Developments

£2,400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Advertising Package for G-Build

This reward provides for provision of Pitchside and Clubhouse Advertising for G-Build

£3,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Advertising Package for Miskella Construction

This reward provides for provision of Pitchside and Clubhouse Advertising for Miskella Construction and access to International Tickets at face value for the 2020-21 Season

Let's make 'Help St Mary's Kick COVID into Touch' happen

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