One of Ireland’s newest rugby clubs – Aughrim – is taking an innovatice approach to fundraising by nominating the IRFU Charitable Trust and Goal to receive a percentage of all funds raised…

Aughrim Rugby Club have made it part of their fundraising model to include their charity partner programme via the club’s constitution stating that 5% of all fundraising goes to our charity partners GOAL and the IRFU Charitable Trust.

Aughrim Rugby Club is based in south County Wicklow. The club was founded in February 2011. Aughrim Rugby although in its infancy has gone about the club setup superbly, incorporating a full business model into the club structure. Key to its sustainable future is the fact that it is not in a rush to jump through age grade rugby.

As a new club Aughrim Rugby has been heavily branding itself in the region (Aughrim Rugby where stars are born) and since February this year they have put in place a schools partner programme which currently numbers 7 schools.

They have appointed two Coach Development Officers, and most importantly they have appointed a schools recruitment officer and by August they aim to have twenty IRFU certified coaches.

The club put in place a business partner programme which has already seen interest from Dublin, Kilkenny and Wexford.

All this for mini rugby?

Derek McAllister PRO said: “Start as you mean to go on; our committee is putting in place the building blocks to ensure a sustainable club from a recruitment and sponsor side of things, we have recruited 118 registered players from our schools partner program in under 2 months.”

Aughrim Rugby Club will one day play all age grades but that goal is in a 10 year plan. Their immediate goal is to educate the players through a fun and enjoyable rugby education program.

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