Why the project
Sherborne has a fabulous pitch constructed for us twenty years ago at a cost of circa £700k. Unfortunately, the pitch holds water and for the last few seasons we have had to close it for three months mid-winter as its been waterlogged.
With the pitch perfect we can get the younger teams playing games under floodlights again and making all our fixtures / occasions very special
The consequence of pitch closure
The consequence of closing the pitch for three months is less income but more importantly less games. Moving games off our site means at the wettest part of the winter means we must rely on council pitches to play. There have been many occasions when we have been advised that a council pitch is not available as its been overplayed. We cancel games or try and rearrange fixtures. Moving games has also reduced the number of people who come to watch as there is no shelter or refreshment and it prevents people in wheelchairs from gaining access as there are no pathways.
What the plan is
Keith Kent the former RFU Head Groundsman came to the club in March 2020 and agreed that our main pitch could be something very special. We play in an area of outstanding beauty ! He has written a plan (Extract below) that we are working with which will address drainage and condition over the course of a year. We started work in April and have extensive works planned in September. We have worked in conjunction with the Sherborne Town Council, Sherborne Golf Club and Folke Golf Club who have all been very supportive and part of the solution
Covid 19 has put our project in jeopardy?
The project has been put in jeopardy as a result of the pandemic
The club lost substantial income in March/April and May 2020 which historically are very strong months for us as a result of good weather, end of season social events and the Club Annual Dinner Dance.
We must also be extremely cautious on major expenditure in the forthcoming season which we believe will be financially tougher than any we have experienced before .
We remain unsure when it will start and what our income will be under the latest guidelines regarding the use of indoor social space .
We have outstanding community sponsors who have supported us financially over many years and help us become what we are today . This will be our time to support them which I know our members will do .
Crowdfunding we hope will send our message in many different directions and help us achieve our goal of keeping players playing, pitch perfect!
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.
Support the club and receive a £5 voucher from Castle Gardens in Sherborne to spend on a Christmas Tree in December
Craig Hardaker started Communifit in 2018. He has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 13 years and holds a BSc (Hons) Sports Fitness and Coaching degree, and is a qualified GP referral consultant and sports therapist. The reward is a set of 6 one hour classes on the pitch with the aim of improving fitness. The class will be in the evening and likely to run between 6pm and 7pm
The Local Boiler Company will service for central heating boiler in September or October and give you 20% off the rate card for the service.
We would normally play 13 1st XV home games in a season but this season when it starts is likely to be less . You will receive a card that you can show at the gate and would hope that this creates good value.
Pilates on the Pitch with Lucy Pollard . One 45 minutes Pilates session with Lucy Pollard Pilates Instructor and Back Care Specialist on the Pitch in August or September
Sherborne has a strong group of VPs who support the club and make a donation each season . We have 10 year schemes and offer life membership as well for £1000 . • Apply for International tickets although demand is often greater than supply • Full Voting rights • Monthly email on news • Vice President Tie • Membership card for one year
Your name will be added to the Pitch Perfect 2020 Supporter Board placed at the entrance to the pitch as a thank you for your help and support and to recognise the contributions we received in a challenging year
Sherborne Rugby can offer your business or organisation the opportunity to amplify your business message through the official match day programme. There are many options to choose from, with a variety of sizes to suit your needs and budget. Whether you wish to advertise for the entire season or utilise space for one-off promotions, you can use the match day programme to reach the spectators at every home match
The sign will be mounted around the perimeter of the pitch for the season and the price excluding the cost of the board is £200 each. Boards are circa 2.9m x .75m - finished with the sponsor’s graphics on one side of the sign. Printed on outdoor gloss vinyl, gloss laminated and mounted on 10mm pvc board .All boards are made in Sherborne by South West Signs and the cost of the board is normally added to the first year’s advertising cost.
This is our most “personal” sponsorship package where you can choose or be allocated a member of the Senior Squad to sponsor.Your support of a player will be advertised on the Club’s website and in the programme and is available at £200 for the season.