In the words of The Proclaimers, we would walk 500 miles...but we'd need a bit more training first!
We need to get our 22 players all the way to the University of Stirling, to compete in the first round of the National Trophy- and we need your help to get there!
Who are we?
We are the University Of Leeds Women's Rugby Union team!
We are an inclusive, fast growing, and successful club, who have just won our inaugural Leeds Varsity competition at Headingley Stadium, making us the first ever women's rugby union VARSITY WINNERS at the stadium.
We are also growing every day! We are on track to reach 100 members this season, most of whom are completely new to rugby.
But we don't let this lack of experience doesn't stop us... we compete in the Northern 1a league, and have reached the final of the National Cup twice in the last three seasons.
Fresh from our 2019 Leeds Varsity victory, we are set and ready for an amazing season.
However, we’ve hit a speed bump on our road to victory – which no amount of training will fix!
We have drawn the University of Stirling in the Women’s National trophy, a competition which would put us against some of the best women’s rugby teams in the country.
We’ve proven that we’re good enough to compete, but can’t quite afford the coach to do the nearly 500 mile round journey to get there and back.
What’s more – even if we were to pull together the money for this round from our members, we’re set to be up in Scotland quite a bit – with most of our upcoming competitors being up there!
This is where you come in….
With your support, we hope to raise enough money to not only get to our competition in Stirling but also future matches.
You would be helping us to realise our dream and give our members the opportunity to play at a national level.
Where will the money go?
The minimum that we need to raise is £1,200. This would help us to...
• Pay for a coach and drivers to get the team up to Stirling
If we were able to reach our main target of £3,000, we would be able to...
• Pay for a second trip up to Scotland
OR If we don't progress through the cup
- Hold a Development Festival to give players with less experience a chance to get stuck in and play some rugby
To say thank you for your generosity, we have a few rewards available for donors.
- For a donation of £5, we will recognise your contribution and thank you in one of our weekly blog posts.
- If you donate £15, we will thank you with two photos of the team, doing what we do best – competing!
If you are known to one of our players (family or friends), we can send you a picture of her playing rugby. The player does not necessarily have to be playing in the match against Stirling. The photos will be one team photo including the player, and one of the player on the pitch, unless otherwise requested. Photos will be sent in the post and therefore if you claim this reward, please send us the name of the player you wish to have photographs of, and the address you would like them sent to, at email@example.com. Please note; this is not suitable as a surprise present for any player, as we will be verifying with the player whether or not they know you and are happy for you to receive photographs of them.
- For a donation of £50, we will offer you the opportunity to create and name after yourself an award to be presented at our Christmas and end of season dinner
There will only be two opportunities to claim this prestigious reward. We will share with you with the awards that we currently give out, and allow you to create a criteria for a new award, which will then be named after yourself, or after another person if you wish. One award will be presented at our Christmas dinner, and the second at our end of season dinner. Whoever claims the reward first will be given the first pick of which event they would like their award to feature in.
Find us here
To see how we are doing in our project, and keep up with all the other great stuff we get up to, follow us...
On Facebook at Leeds University Women's Rugby Union
On Twitter @LUUwomensrugby
On Instagram @luuwrufc
You don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.
However, if you can spare even a couple of pounds, or the price of a cup of coffee, it would be really helpful in helping us reach our goal!
If 30 people a day for two weeks gave us £2.50 (less than a cup of coffee!) we would hit our target – put the Starbucks aside and put the Costa that towards helping us!
We will give you weekly updates on the progress of our campaign, as well as an update whenever we reach a milestone. This will appear on this page, but will also be shared on all our social media platforms
Check out our video for more information!