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With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, let’s look back at five projects that Sport Wales have funded at rugby clubs through our ‘A Place for Sport’ fund. 

A Place for Sport offers rugby clubs the opportunity to engage with their community and raise money through Crowdfunder. And if they hit their fundraising target, Sport Wales steps in with extra money to support the project. Pretty good, eh?

Could these projects inspire your club to start crowdfunding?

Tackling cost of living at Canton RFC

Less than two miles from the Principality Stadium itself, you’ll find Canton RFC. And with nearly 200 children now enjoying rugby week in, week out, the Cardiff club is bursting at the seams and is in desperate need of more space.

What’s more, the club’s big dream is to bring the costs to parents right down to zero. How great is that?

The club decided to put a Crowdfunder together to see if they could raise enough money for a new storage container. This would not only house equipment but would also help the club cover the cost of winter training by opening a small kitchen.

The club has crowdfunded almost £7000 and was handed another £3,500 from Sport Wales. 

Top Tip

Mini and Junior Chair Wayne David says, “Do your homework first – look at successful Crowdfunder projects to help decide your target. Speak to other clubs who have been through the process and get guidance from your National Governing Body who can help you put a plan together.”

All change at Ruthin RFC

With just one single communal shower, the facilities at Ruthin RFC have long needed a makeover. Having already spoken to funding partners to raise some of the funds needed, Ruthin RFC set up a Crowdfunder to see if the local community could push the project over the line. 

And they did exactly that. Crowdfunding £15,000, Sport Wales then converted with an extra £10,000 from its A Place for Sport fund.

Aside from much improved shower facilities, the club will now have a modern clubhouse and changing rooms which the whole community can enjoy. It will allow the club to continue growing junior rugby and its increasingly popular Ravens section for women and girls.

Top Tip

“Don’t leave your deadline too long,” says Ruthin RFC’s Sam Higgitt. “You need to build momentum and that’s easier within a shorter timeframe. Remember to update people when you hit your milestones too!”

It’s a new era for Waunarlwydd

Waunarlwydd is a village in Swansea and at its heart is its rugby club which has been dishing up community rugby for more than 120 years. It has also helped develop Welsh internationals Nicky Smith, Liam Williams and Siwan Lillicrap.

Its clubhouse has played many roles since it was built in the 1970s – a food bank during the pandemic and school fundraiser venue to name just two. But while it is much loved, it is no longer fit for purpose.

Turning to Crowdfunder, the club outlined its plans to develop a state-of-the-art clubhouse which would benefit the entire community. With match-funding from Sport Wales, the club has already raised over £40,000 for the fit out of the building which has been constructed by a developer.

Top Tip

“It’s a good idea to get someone to lead on it so they can keep reminding people to donate,” Andrew Wedlake, Club Chair.

Waunarlwydd RFC's idea for their new clubhouse

an illustration of a new clubhouse for Waunarlwydd RFC
Waunarlwydd RFC's idea for their new clubhouse

Yr Hendy on track to develop more World Cup players of the future

Meanwhile, Yr Hendy RFC outside Swansea, decided to apply to Sport Wales’ A Place for Sport fund so it could invest in video analysis equipment. And it has already raised more than £2000.

It is hoped that the new technology will improve coaching at junior and senior levels. It certainly has a good track record of player development, having nurtured the talents of Wales’ World Cup ace Josh Adams.

Turning to the community to help raise funds can often seem daunting. But as the club hosts a number of events for the local school as well as social occasions and yoga classes, local people have only been too happy to help.

Top Tip

“It needs to be a coordinated effort – make everyone aware – volunteers, players and people and get them to share it too. That really helped us get it across the line,” says men’s head coach Sam Collins.

Bangor Rugby Club say goodbye to vandalism and dog poo

Bangor RFC was becoming increasingly frustrated about the level of vandalism and, yes, dog poo on their pitches. Despite putting up signs, the problem just wasn’t going away, causing health and safety concerns.

In order to protect players, especially the youngers ones, the club decided to fence the pitch. But at a cost of £10,000, it couldn’t do it alone. 

They turned to Crowdfunder and Sport Wales’ A Place for Sport fund and exceeded their target by raising almost £11,500. Now the fence is in place and players can enjoy running, passing, and tackling on a vandalism and clean pitch. Result!

Top Tip

John Lloyd, club fundraiser says, “Keep reminding people why you’re doing the project – for us, it was protecting the health of our children.”

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