Rossendale RUFC COVID-19 Recovery Fund

by Rossendale RUFC in Rossendale, England, United Kingdom

£21,192

£25,000 stretch target 16 hours left
105% 142 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 19th May 2021 at 1:11pm

Help us recover from COVID by buying rewards or donating to improve our facilities and help us hit our target within 6 weeks

by Rossendale RUFC in Rossendale, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Wow! What a fantastic achievement and with a stretch target, we can aim even higher, including:

  • Even higher standard of playing surfaces
  • Improved engagement with schools
  • Improved training for volunteers
  • And much more....

Thanks everyone for the support so far.


Who are Rossendale RUFC?

We are a local rugby union club who would have celebrated our 50th anniversary during 2020 had it not been for COVID-19. We run 3 senior teams in the RFU and Halbro leagues and have a very strong Mini & Junior Section, often seeing 200+ youngsters playing and training on Sundays. 

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The impact of COVID-19

In March 2020, the rugby world came to a grinding halt as Covid-19 took its hold. This meant the suspension, then cancellation of all rugby and affected everyone from Under-6s through to the 1st XV. It must have been so disappointing for the youngsters to have had no rugby for such a long period - we just hope that the enforced break hasn't meant us losing young players for ever. So we really want to drive to improve our facilities further to help encourage the retention and further growth of the Mini & Juniors. 

The lockdown also significantly impacted our income stream, as match day sales and proceeds from 'The Wagon' and sponsors' meals dried up. 

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We missed out on the 50th Anniversary Summer Ball, the Sportsmen's Dinner, New Year's Eve, and many other great events that we could have enjoyed together as a club.

But we still needed to maintain the pitches, and in fact improve the pitches. Our groundsman has worked tirelessly throughout the shutdown to make pitch improvements on the main pitch and on the Meadowhead pitches. 

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What are our challenges?

But because we have such a large Mini & Junior section, we struggle for decent pitch space, and a couple of the pitches rented from the local authority are often waterlogged and very difficult to play on (as you can see below).

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 The lack of income throughout the last 12 months has severely stretched our ability to invest into our plans for pitch improvements.

Our plans to improve our facilities

We also have ambitious plans to

  • take over a long-term lease of an additional pitch from Rossendale Council
  • invest in the drainage
  • improve the playing surface

This will help ensure that as many of our youngsters are able to play on grass right through the season. 

We want to get from this....

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To this.....

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So the aim of the funding raised here is to rebound from COVID-19 and gain the long-term lease on an additional pitch and to use the money to significantly improve the pitches available to all of our players. 

Once the long-term lease is secured, the first steps of this will be to install significantly better drainage to get rid of the excess water before working on improving the playing surface. We'll then establish a maintenance routine that has really borne fruit in the quality of the other pitches.

How can you help?

So this plea is for all friends, supporters, players and members to do what they can to ensure that the club recovers and continues to thrive for our youth community. 

Some of the merchandise available includes limited edition "Supporting the Club through COVID" Polo shirt (bearing the example logo below), clip-on club ties (ideal for juniors) and branded reusable water bottles (essential under
 COVID restrictions). We will contact you to arrange collection of merchandise from the club.

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We are also delighted to be able to pass on some great deals, thanks to the support from our friends in the following local businesses:

  • Alannah’s Bakes and Cakes - Alannah's Bakes & Cakes we specialise in brownies and blondies, which are made by using only the finest ingredients, and who promise to provide you with a product that will tantalise your taste buds and to provide the service to go with it too.
  • Fresh Café Deli is on Bank Street Rawtenstall serves a range of breakfasts, light snacks, lunches and a tapas menu in the evening, as well as Moo 2 You Ice Cream - ice cream sundaes, etc
  • Marl Pits Garden Centre is perched high above the Rossendale Valley and is proud to offer a comprehensive range of hardy plants including various rare varieties through to the commonly recognised favourites. They think if it grows well up there at altitude, the chances are it will thrive in your garden.
  • Nila Indian Restaurant in Rawtenstall has built up an enviable reputation for authentic Indian cuisine since opening its doors in July 1991. They are a totally committed team, producing meals of exceptional quality, providing a friendly, efficient service with great value for money, making every visit to Nila an occasion to remember
  • Paddock garage is owned and run by James Linton and is a local family run business offering a range of vehicle serving and maintenance for over 30 years that strives to help their customers and local community.
  • Pizza Box is located on Rossendale Market and is an artisan pizza restaurant, offering a take-away service for hand-made pizzas using the finest locally sourced ingredients.
  • The Coach is located in the village of Edenfield and is a delightful Gastro Pub that promises to deliver traditional cuisine albeit re-imagined. The welcome all, including walkers, dogs and their well-behaved owners.
  • Thai Shack takeaway is centrally located in Rawtenstall market, Rossendale and their wonderful food brings together the authentic tastes of Thailand and Asia. They offer a selection of foods from numerous regions, cooked in authentic and traditional styles.

So please have a look at the rewards listed on the right of this page (or at the bottom if viewing on a phone) and buy whatever you can. It would also really help if you can share it amongst all your friends and family to help us attain our target within the 6 week timetable, and ensure that the youngsters of Rossendale can continue to drive our club forwards.

Thank you for reading and for all your support.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

2021-22 Season - Junior Membership (U9s-Colts)

2021-22 Junior Membership for Under-9s to Colts plus free water bottle (discounted from £120)

£10 or more

£10 (or more) Donation

Spare us a tenner (or more) to help the club you love keep going, recover from the enforced shutdown and continue to invest in our facilities.

£10 or more

14 of 50 claimed

Reusable plastic Rossendale RUFC Water Bottle

An essential item these days with the COVID restrictions - a Water bottle with Rossendale RUFC logo

£10 or more

Junior Club Tie (Clip on)

Maroon tie with club logo - clip-on for ease of use.

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Save £5 at ABC Cakes

Get £20 to spend at Alannah's Bakes and Cakes for just £15 - saving yourself £5. (see Overview page for details of Alannah's Bakes and Cakes)

£16 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Save £4 at Marl Pits Garden Centre

Get a £20 voucher for Marl Pits Garden Centre for only £16, a 20% discount. (see Overview page for details of Marl Pits Garden Centre)

£20 or more

13 of 50 claimed

"Support the Club through Covid" Polo Shirts

A black polo shirt embroidered with the limited edition Covid recovery logo (see main story for example of logo). Adult sizes only (XXXL-S). These will be available for collection at the end of the campaign in May.

£20 or more

10% off club stash

Get 10% off the stash for 2021-22 Season. Choose how much you want to spend and we'll give you 10% extra to spend on your kit next season.

£25 or more

7 of 50 claimed

Covid Supporter Polo Shirt plus Social Membership

A black polo shirt embroidered with the limited edition Covid recovery logo (see main story for example of logo) and a year's Social Membership saving a fiver. Adult sizes only (XXXL-S). These will be available for collection at the end of the campaign in May.

£40 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Save £10 at The Coach

Get £50 to spend dining in at The Coach in Edenfield (when regulations permit) for just £40, saving yourself £10. (see Overview page for details of The Coach gastro pub)

£50 or more

Supporters Membership

Get free match entry for one adult including programme for all 1st XV Home Games

£50 or more

4 of 25 claimed

Sportmen's Dinner - Guaranteed Seat

Guaranteed place at the Sportsmen's Dinner in the Autumn (Date TBC) plus free Bottle of wine

£55 or more

18 of 30 claimed

Social Membership plus 2 Pre-match Lunches

Save £5 with Social Membership plus 2 pre-match Lunches for 1st XV games of your choice, subject to availability

£60 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Bonus Ball (7 months)

Join the Weekly Bonus Ball draw and be in with a chance of winning cash prizes of £90 every week with the Lotto bonus ball - with 7 months for the price of 6

£70 or more

2021/22 Season - Junior Membership (up to U8s)

2021-22 Junior Membership for up to (and including) Under-8s plus free water bottle (discounted from £90)

£70 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Save £30 at Marl Pits Garden Centre

Get a £100 voucher for Marl Pits Garden Centre for only £70, a 30% discount. (see Overview page for details of Marl Pits Garden Centre)

£75 or more

0 of 12 claimed

Match Day Mascot

Your child can be the match day mascot for a 1st XV home game. The package includes a behind the scenes tour before the game, join in some of the warm-up and lead the players out on to the pitch. It also includes 2 pre-match meals for you. (Subject to availability)

£100 or more

2 of 15 claimed

Social Membership Plus 4 Pre Match Lunches

Save £10 with Social Membership Plus 4 Pre Match Lunches before 1st XV games of your choice, subject to availability.

£100 or more

8 of 25 claimed

Bonus Ball (12 months)

Join the Weekly Bonus Ball draw and be in with a chance of winning cash prize of £90 every week with the Lotto bonus ball - with 12 months for the price of 10

£120 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Save £24 on Family Car Servicing at Paddock Garage

Get 1 Family Car Service  from Paddock Garage in Ramsbottom for £120 (£100+VAT), normally £144 (£120+VAT) saving a massive £24. (see Overview page for details of Paddock's Garage)

£150 or more

1 of 10 claimed

2021-22 Programme Advert

1/2 page advert in 2021-22 season programme plus 2 pre-match lunches

£156 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Save £24 on Executive Car Servicing at Paddock Gar

Get 1 Executive Car Service  (BMW/Mercedes/etc) from Paddock Garage in Ramsbottom for £156 (£130+VAT), normally £180 (£150+VAT) saving a massive £24. (see Overview page for details of Paddock's Garage)

£250 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Pitchside Advertising for 2021-22 Season

Pitchside Board for 2021-22 season plus 4 pre-match lunches. Note that this excludes the price of the board if you don't already have one - they are £118+VAT which you'll need to pay directly to the supplier or organise your own.

£300 or more

15 of 20 claimed

VPs for 2021/22 SEASON

Sign up for the VP package for the 2021/22 season and get £50 put on your club card

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Sportmen's Dinner - Table of 10

Table of 10 at the Sportsmen's Dinner in the Autumn (Date TBC) plus "special guest" during Meal

£650 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Table of 10 for Blackburn game

Pre-match lunch for a table of 10 for the 1st XV game v Blackburn, including wine (Date TBC)

£10 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Save £5 at the Fresh Café

Get £15 to spend at the Fresh Café/Deli on Bank Street, Rawtenstall for just £10 - saving yourself £5. (see Overview page for details of Fresh Cafe)

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Save £5 at the Thai Shack

Get £15 to spend at the Thai Shack on Rawtenstall market for just £10 - saving yourself £5. (see Overview page for details of Thai Shack)

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Save £5 at Pizza Box

Get £20 to spend at the Pizza Box on Rawtenstall market for just £15 - saving yourself £5. (see Overview page for details of Pizza Box)

£30 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Save £10 at Marl Pits Garden Centre

Get a £40 voucher for Marl Pits Garden Centre for only £30, a 25% discount. (see Overview page for details of Marl Pits Garden Centre)

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Save £10 at Nila

Get £50 to spend dining in at Nila Indian Restaurant Rawtenstall (when regulations permit) for just £40, saving yourself £10. (see Overview page for details of Nila restaurant)

Let's make 'Rossendale RUFC COVID-19 Recovery Fund' happen

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