Yorkshire businesses invest in future of 50-year-old rugby club

Yorkshire Division Three rugby union club Aireborough RUFC have received a significant amount of funding thanks to seven new partnerships with local businesses.

Brands Creative Ltd, Fire Investigations UK, Hunters Estate Agents Yeadon, Leuly Photography and PR, Spencer Woods Accountants, we change it and The Potting Shed Guiseley have each signed either a one or two-year sponsorship deal with the Yeadon-based rugby club.

As a result, the club will benefit from a £12,000 investment towards the maintenance and development of its pitches and facilities.

On average it costs around £15,000 per annum to maintain the club’s current pitches and facilities, so they rely on the donations from sponsors and crowdfunding, as well as the funds that are generated through their own fundraising events.

Club chairman Graeme Foster said: “We are overwhelmed by the generous donations from each of our sponsors and can’t thank them enough for the support that they have already shown.

“The additional funds mean that we can continue with the development of our pitches and facilities, thus further enhancing the support we offer to our members and the wider community.”

The news of the sponsorships was announced at a recent kit launch event, during which each of the 200 plus playing members received a shirt carrying the sponsors’ logos.

To celebrate the club’s upcoming 50th season as a rugby family and to honour its heritage, the new playing shirts replicate the shirt design used throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

As a special thank you, each sponsor was presented with a personalised anniversary shirt at the launch event in front of the 200 plus members who attended.

Junior chairman Andrew Wood added: “The launch of our new anniversary kit was such a special occasion, so we decided to make the announcement of our new sponsors during the event.

“As a club, we strive to continuously develop the services we offer to our members and the funds we have received from our sponsors will support this mission.”

Based at the heart of the community, Aireborough RUFC is an RFU accredited rugby union club founded in 1970. The club currently comprises ten junior and two senior teams and is home to over 250 members aged four and upwards.

Over the past few years, they have actively supported the local community by offering free rugby-fit sessions, collecting unused kit to send to third world countries, launching a new mental health in sport initiative (T.A.C.K.L.E) and opening their social events for all to attend.

Their community values are what makes them a desirable organisation for businesses looking to invest in sponsorship.