Wigan RUFC Covid-19 Recovery Crowd Funder

by Mike Parker in Wigan, England, United Kingdom

£12,214

raised of £13,000 stretch target

94

supporters
94% 27 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 4th September 2020 at 12:40pm

COVID-19 brought a 6 month halt to income at this historic community club stalling our essential club maintenance programme. Please Help.

by Mike Parker in Wigan, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

As we move beyond our initial target we are fully aware that the cost of resurfacing the road will be significantly higher than £10,000. In addition the club have a long list of improvements that we are looking to deliver without any income to cover these costs. 

Your  continued support to take us towards our stretch target will allow the club to continue to develop and prosper. We aim to offer enhanced access for those with disabilities, we want to establish female rugby at the club and continue to grow the mini and junior section, all of which requires playing kits and training equipment. Further we want to increase our offer to non-playing members, opening our facilities for free to schools and community groups and to do this we need investment in the development and maintenance of our outdoor and indoor spaces, in particular the completion of the new changing cabins with step access and matting.

Your support will ensure that, despite our lack of income, we can continue to develop the club, and get it ready for a hopeful return to rugby. So please make a pledge and ... pass it on .... to friends and family.


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WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?

Wigan Rugby Union Football Club is a long-standing amateur sports club supporting grass roots Rugby Union in the town of Wigan, an area with extremely high levels of deprivation and consequently high levels of health inequalities.  The club is here to support our local community through:

  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Creating active communities 
  • Championing inclusion and diversity
  • Promoting the core values of Rugby Union
  • Offering opportunity for all

1594995222_img_0401.jpegFounded in 1913, the club moved into its current ground, the Douglas Valley, in the 1960’s. Here, it has established a reputation as an outstanding community rugby club, supporting our local communities. With a strong emphasis on participation the club has a growing membership in excess of 300.

1594038580_img-res.pitchero.com.jpegThe club currently has two senior teams playing in the ADM Lancashire Leagues with the 1st team competing in the Premier Division.  In addition, there is an ad-hock casuals’ team (for older players) and a senior Colts (U18’s) team

1594994713_img_0401.jpegWigan RUFC have 10 mini and junior teams ranging from 5-year olds through to Under 16’s, recently winning the National Mini and Junior Section of the Year at the National Rugby Awards. We are very proud that the vast majority of the current 1st XV squad came through the junior set up at the club, following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents.

1594038708_img-res.pitchero.com-2.jpegThe club offer outstanding social, health and wellbeing facilities including a fitness centre, open daily to the wider Wigan community. These facilities provide a valuable asset in a rural location starved of easy access to community facilities.

As a club we pride ourselves on inclusion and have invested heavily in  ensuring that everyone is treated equally and fairly and that everyone has access to sport in a manner that is relevant and appropriate to them. As a club we are continuing to work to improve disability access and are working hard to offer playing opportunities for female rugby. The club opens its facilities to be shared by the local archery club alongside supporting our local rugby league communities with opportunities to utilise the facility. We regularly invite schools to host events such as school sports days and other sports activities at the club. Therefore the impact of Covid-19 closure is felt far wider than just Wigan RUFC.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW MORE THAN EVER

Today we find our doors shut, our revenue stopped for at least 6 months and still no idea when we can open for business again. This interruption in income seriously jeopardises the planned club and grounds maintenance which had been scheduled for the coming months. We are therefore  calling on our local community, club members, supporters, our local residents and businesses to try and help get us through this crisis and get us back on track. 

1594042433_img-res.pitchero.com-6.jpegThe club is entirely run by an army of volunteers. These volunteers deliver over 2000 hours per year in volunteer time, maintaining the facilities, delivering community and social events, running the bar and kitchens, coaching, safeguarding and child protection, managing fixtures and training schedules, memberships, the club’s finances, governance and grant applications to name but a few.

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Whilst the generosity of volunteers keeps the club running, maintenance and development costs money. To cover these costs, the club is largely reliant on sponsorship, match-day revenue and social functions for finance. This investment came to an abrupt halt in mid-March with the Covid-19 outbreak with the facilities forced to close – literally overnight - with no return to rugby and no functions allowed in the foreseeable future. While still financially sound, the club income will continue to be adversely affected, with potentially significant impact on our development plans and cashflow projections.

WHAT WILL WE DO WITH YOUR SUPPORT

1594038007_img_4521_(1).jpegAt the time of going into lockdown the club were in the process of identifying investment to upgrade the club driveway and carpark. Those that know it will appreciate the effects that the poor condition of our main driveway has on visitors to the club with the impacts felt more greatly by older visitors and those with disabilities. In particular, whilst we have invested in a disabled lift, negotiating the potholes to access the lift is a significant barrier.

Closure of the club due to the pandemic and the subsequent lack of maintenance has led to a deterioration in the condition of the driveway and carpark.

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1594039900_img_4532.jpgFurther, the significant reduction in our income has seriously jeopardised our facility upgrades and pitch side maintenance,  including access to and from the recently installed new changing cabins at the side of the club that requires artificial matting and step access

1594997190_image_17-07-2020_at_15.45.jpegThe continuation of our facility improvements are critical if we are to continue growing the mini and junior section and establishing new playing opportunities for females.

Any pledges received will be used to get this all this work, back on track. So please make a pledge and 'past it on!

RECOGNISING YOUR SUPPORT

Aside from the reward you will obtain when pledging money, you will get a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing that you have contributed to maintaining this historic community asset and ensuring we can survive the effects of this pandemic. If you leave your name when pledging your support we will credit you in an article within the first team match day programme on resumption of the new season.

All the companies taking up the pledges to sponsor will have their company logo featured on the sponsors page of the club website and in a sponsors article in the first team match day programme. Additionally we will feature your company heavily in the clubs social media channels. Your company logo will also feature on a planned 'Club Sponsors' board which will be placed within the clubhouse in recognition of your valued support for the club.

Wigan RUFC would like to thank to the following companies for generously donating gifts and services to support our crowdfunding efforts and in return we urge our members to support these local business' who, like us have been heavily hit by the Covid pandemic.

If you can offering additional rewards to help the cause please email mike.parker@progresshp.co.uk and he will add them to the page.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£20 Miss Lola Couture Voucher

Miss Lola Couture womenswear boutique in Standish have kindly donated two £20 gift vouchers to be used in the Standish store. See the website for details on the boutique www.misslolacouture.com

£2 or more

ENTRY TO CLUB RAFFLE + WARM FUZZY FEELING

We would e grateful if you could pledge your support to this historic community club and enhance our work with all our communities. For each £2 donated you will be entered into a club raffle and receive a warm fuzzy feeling that you have supported the ongoing developments at the club and helped out in time of need. All names will feature in an acknowledgement and gratitude’s article in the programme on the first home game of the season

£3 or more

2 of 10 claimed

FREE TEA OR COFFEE AT THE ALLOTMENT

Thanks to the generosity of our local business 'The Allotment' For just a £3 donation we can offer you a Free Tea or Coffee voucher at our local coffee house on Wigan Lane - The Allotment - see website https://allotmentwigan.com

£5 or more

TWO BEER TOKENS

For just £5 you will receive 2 Beer Tokens that can be exchanged at the bar for any of the extensive range of draught beers, larger or ciders. This offer is strictly limited to one reward per person - ie you cant apply for numerous BeerTokens.

£10 or more

0 of 100 claimed

RECIPE BOOKS AND MEAL PLANNING

A package of 3 recipe books worth £21, providing 150 nutritious recipes, 6 weeks of meal planning and shopping lists including a breakdown of calories, macronutrients and MyFitnessPal barcode. There are plenty of high protein, plant-based and low-carb options to choose from all in a convenient PDF format which can be downloaded instantly to any device. Thanks to Roger Davies @ 'Revolutionary Health and Fitness' for supplying the reward

£15 or more

10 of 40 claimed

PRE MATCH MEAL + TICKET TO HOME GAME

Each £15 pledged entitles the doner to a sit-down pre-match meal and free entry to the ground before the first home game on resumption of rugby.

£15 or more

1 of 6 claimed

£25 BOARS HEAD FOOD VOUCHER

Pledge a minimum of £15 or preferably more and you will be rewarded with a £25 gift voucher for Food at the Boars Head at Standish. Please only take ONE voucher per household. Thanks to the sponsorship of Janet and the Boars Head team. More info on this pub can be found here www.boarsheadstandish.com

£50 or more

0 of 7 claimed

1st TEAM MATCH BALL SPONSOR

Why not join our growing band of reputable local business sponsors. Each £50 donation entitles you/your company to be the match ball sponsor for a first team home game, including acknowledgment and logo in the match day programme

£100 or more

0 of 8 claimed

½ PAGE MATCH DAY PROGRAMME ADVERTISEMENT

Each £100 pledged and you’ll receive a ½ page full colour advertisement in the matchday programme for a full season and the company logo featuring on our website

£200 or more

0 of 8 claimed

FULL PAGE MATCH DAY PROGRAMME ADVERTISEMENT

Each £200 pledged and you’ll receive a full-page full colour advertisement in the matchday programme for a full season and the company logo featuring on our website

£200 or more

2 of 6 claimed

SECOND TEAM MATCH SPONSORSHIP

Pledge £200 today and we'll reward you with all the trimmings of a second team match sponsor including pre match meal for yourself and up to 20 invited guests in the comfort of the sponsors lounge on a match day of your choice + company logo featured in the match day programme for the season

£350 or more

0 of 20 claimed

PITCH SIDE HOARDING

We ant to support local business. Pledge £350 today and we'll reward you with a pitch perimeter advertising hoarding for 12 months and the company logo featured on our website + logo featuring in the sponsors page of the match day programme for the season

£400 or more

0 of 7 claimed

FIRST TEAM MATCH SPONSORSHIP

Entertain your guests and boost you company profile. Pledge £400 today and we'll reward you with all the trimmings of a first team match sponsor including pre match meal for yourself and up to 32 invited guests in the comfort of the sponsors lounge on a match day of your choice + company write up and advertisement in the match day programme + logo featuring in the sponsors page of the match day programme for the season

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

MINI or JUNIOR TEAM SPONSORSHIP

Why not become a team sponsor for one of our renowned Junior teams. For just £500 your company logo will be prominently printed on the rear of a brand new playing kit. You will also receive recognition in the senior match day programme, on the club website and on the clubs sponsors board.

£10 or more

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GIFT VOUCHER FOR A MEAL IN THE BOARS HEAD STANDISH

Thanks to the generosity of our local pub, the Boars Head at Standish www.boarsheadstandish.com For your £10 donation you will receive a £20 gift voucher towards a meal in the Boars Head Standish.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 MISS LOLA COUTURE VOUCHER

Miss Lola Couture womenswear boutique in Standish have kindly donated two £20 gift vouchers to be used in the Standish store. See the website for details on the boutique www.misslolacouture.com

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

PERSONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SESSION

Positive Performance are offering one lucky person an opportunity to receive a 1:1 personal training session designed to meet your needs and delivered by Mike Turner from Positive Performance. Mike has worked as a professional strength and conditioner for a number of elite professional sport clubs. https://www.instagram.com/_positiveperformance/

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

HOME GUTTER CLEANING

Total Cleaning North West are a Wigan based exterior cleaning company. They clean patios/driveway, gutters, soffits & facias and clear the inside of the gutters. They are generously offering to clear your gutters inside using the SkyVac and clean the outside of the gutters, soffits and facias for you, friend or a family member. This would normally cost £140 so its a real bargain! - see website https://www.totalcleaningnorthwest.co.uk

£1,200 or more

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FIRST TEAM KIT SPONSOR

As first team kit sponsors your company logo will appear on the front of the first team playing kit. Your company brand will be prominently featured in each senior match day programme and on new new sponsors board in the club house, with extensive social media reference

£2,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

LEAD MINI and JUNIOR SECTION SPONSOR

As lead sponsor your company logo will appear on the front of all mini and junior kits. Your company brand will be prominently featured on the mini and junior page in each senior match day programme and on new new sponsors board in the club house. You will be entitled to a free company advert in the match day programme for whole season and receive a free invitation to all club functions, with extensive social media reference

Let's make 'Wigan RUFC Covid-19 Recovery Crowd Funder' happen

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