Oxford University Women’s Rugby have embarked on an innovative fundraising project for new floodlights.
Merton College have allowed the club use of their sports ground for training sessions in a fantastic collaboration seeing the college working closely with the university sports club.
However, in order to train in the evenings, they need to pay for a pair of floodlights to light it.
Their fundraising campaign features a series of challenges against OURFC, in which every time the campaign reaches a £500 milestone, one player on the women’s team will challenge their equivalent position on the men’s team!
The first challenge will take place this Friday at OURFC’s Iffley Road stadium, in which scrum half Jessie Flowers will go head to head with Samson Egerton.
Anyone donating £100 or more to the campaign will also receive a free ticket to the Men’s Varsity Match in December at Twickenham on 12th December.
Captain Tatiana Cutts features in the video, which you can watch below, calling for supporters to back the club with as little or as much a donation as people can afford. Tatiana said,
“The club is made up of girls that work incredibly hard on and off the pitch to be true ambassadors for women’s rugby, and for the University. After 25 years we finally have our own scrum machine and a training pitch, for which we are extremely grateful to Merton College. In order to train in the evenings, however, we need to light it. That’s where the floodlights, and you, come in. Your support will make a great deal of difference – whether by donating directly or spreading the word.”