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Women's Rugby Development Squad

A project by: Samantha Crichton


WE RAISED £2,650

from 39 donors

This project received pledges on Mon 12 Jan 2015
Helping women at the University of York to get into and stay playing rugby union.

UYWRUFC is the University of York Women's Rugby Union Club. It is open to all women who are interested in Rugby, including girls who have never picked up a ball! Many of our players have never played the game before joining University. We are:         

  • York Sport Union Team of the Year 2014
  • League Champions 2013/14, gaining promotion and winning the league by a massive 296 points!
  • Roses Champions 2014 

Our project

Our goal is to establish a development squad to allow new players to learn from the experienced ladies and a qualified coach.

And in addition enable our development squad to attend the first XV games to expose them to the game.

Our story 

  • The Women's rugby team has been part of the university for a number of years and, with the sport becoming increasingly popular, we have found that more students are wanting to try the game.
  • With so many new players is it's a challenge to adapt sessions to the varying abilities and obviously it takes some time for the new players to understand the game. By creating a development squad we will be able to train new players without the added pressure and difficulty which often comes with training with the the first team.
  • We have found that a number of potentially gifted women drop out of the club in the first few weeks because they struggle to pick up the new concepts quickly and the fast paced sessions can be off-putting to someone who has never touched a rugby ball before.
  • By donating to our project you will be helping the women of University of York get into and stay playing rugby union.

Where will the money go?

  • If we hit our minimum target, we will be able to run training sessions led by a qualified coach throughout the rest of the 2014 season.
  • If we hit our full target we will be able to pay for transport to take our developing ladies to the First XV games so that they can watch the match and, if they want, even get some time on the pitch!
  • We aim to purchase a new First XV strip to allow our developing ladies to compete in friendlies against other similar teams in the area.
  • If we exceed our target we will be able to have additional coach led development training sessions which will help the new players improve and gain in confidence.
  • We will give fortnightly updates on how our developing players are doing and how the team is progressing throughout the project.


  • £1200 will transport to all 4 first XV away games left this season (@ £300 for transport to and from a single away match)
  • £450 will provide the team with our target of 15 training sessions with a Qualified Coach (@30 each)
  • £990 will be enough to purchase 22 new shirts (@ £45 playing shirt)

And if we raise all of that we will hit our ultimate target of £2640!


We have some fantastic rewards to say thank you to anyone who donates! Check out our rewards section to find out more!
Find us here:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/York-University-Womens-Rugby/123689545765
Twitter @UYWRUFC
Instagram http://i.instagram.com/uywrufc
If you have any questions please email womensrugby@yusu.org 

We need YOUR help to succeed! 

Please donate today by clicking on the right of the page and select your gift

We understand that you may not be able to help us financially which is why we ask you to become a helper on YuStart and share our project with anyone you think would support us! 

You can share our project by:

  • liking us on facebook
  • helping us trend on twitter
  • following us on instagram
  • sending out emails to your contacts
  • mentioning us in a conversation to a friend
  • tag us in a blog or post online
In fact, if you could share it with everyone you know we would be unbelievably grateful and we will thank you personally via our online platforms! The more people who know about the project the more likely we are to success so your help is much appreciated!

And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen.

2 years, 6 months ago


to DONATE to the University of York Women's Rugby Development Team.

We are so close to reaching our target but we need your help to raise the last 9%.

Remember after today you will no longer be able to donate via the hubbub platform.

Thank you so much for all your support, we really appreciate it!!!

2 years, 6 months ago

Final Sprint to the finish line! Only 7 days to go, please help us reach our target! A massive thank you goes out to all our sponsors so far!

If you are having trouble donating via PayPal please get in touch

Come on folks a few more quids wold get theese fantastic young women to 2000

or email address is womensrugby@yusu.org

2 years, 7 months ago

Manchester Away 3rd December

2 years, 7 months ago

Photos from a training session with our new players last term

2 years, 7 months ago

Photo from our scrum session last term. We've been practicing our tower of powers ready for our big games next term!  

2 years, 7 months ago

It's the end of the Autumn term for us so, the we went out to celebrate a tough but rewarding first term in the higher league. 

Please support us over the Christmas period, we are continuing to work hard on fitness and will be back in York in January ready for the Spring term matches and refreshers fair! We are hoping to get a few new additions to our lovely rugby family, so if you're interested get in touch! 

If you think you can support the club financially please donate. We really appreciate all the pledges so far and we have been amazed by the generosity of you all! 


Rugby Love from UYWRUFC xx

2 years, 7 months ago

We have exceeded our minimum target and are on track to reaching our full target of £2640, please help us reach this! 

You can donate to the page by clicking on the right-hand side of the fundraising page. You can also share our page through the facebook, twitter, google and email links on the right-hand side of the page. 

We would really appreciate it if you could become a follower and a helper and through that support our project.

2 years, 8 months ago

Check out our Freshers to Watch! 


YuFund matchfunded £500

Juliette Carter

generated 124 clicks, donated £50.00, and caused 1 donation of £50.00


generated 82 clicks and caused 1 donation of £50.00

Samantha Crichton

generated 226 clicks, donated £66.00, and caused 2 donations totalling £31.00

Ruth Whitehead

generated 120 clicks and caused 2 donations totalling £15.00

Sophia Duffy

generated 267 clicks

Lara Turner

generated 163 clicks and donated £15.00

Louise Best

generated 134 clicks

Megan Hull-Steward

generated 126 clicks and donated

Christine Saunders

generated 124 clicks

Jenny Thompson

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Harriet Giles

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generated 106 clicks

Gareth Knight

generated 93 clicks and donated


donated £250.00

Joanna Moffat

donated £100.00

Karen Bannister

donated £100.00

Lottie Massey

donated £70.00

Kenneth Moody

donated £50.00

Helen Rennardson

donated £50.00

Helen Fletcher

donated £30.00

Katherine Underhill

donated £25.00

Sarah Lewis

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donated £15.00


donated £15.00

Lindsay Forrest

donated £10.00

Margaux Wehr

donated £5.00

Andy Layley





followed this project and signed up to help

Bri Kilpatrick

followed this project and signed up to help

Connie Sansom

followed this project and signed up to help

Mollie Staples

followed this project and signed up to help

Susie Braithwaite

followed this project

Jessica Have

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Ralitsa Padalska

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signed up to help

Katie Layley

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Ben Lairig

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Serena Brymer

signed up to help

16 anonymous donations totalling £544.00

Only project creators and their sponsors can post comments.

From Katie's mum. X

Good luck ladies! I started playing rugby at York Uni and still at it 20 years later, it's the best sport.

All power to the Black and Gold. Fabulous pitch, fabulous team.

From the Dad

Good luck ladies.

Lots and love, nanny and grandad Jennings x

Good luck girls ... love dogrib

Good luck team.

Really proud of you all for doing rugby good. York Women's Rugby is such a tremendous team and I am so honoured to have been a part of it!!!! Hope my support helps towards your final goal!!! Moff xx

Yaaaay go UYWRUFC!

Best wishes

I've seen many appeals and this is the first one that has really got my attention. Very well put together and thought through yet specific and everything university sport should be about. Best of luck!

A friend posted you ad on Facebook...just what Uni sport should be about...love the fact that you want to include as many as possible in the fun of the away trips. fantastic job on the video...good luck :)

Good Luck with the fund raising.