To provide opportunities for a business in terms of direct publicity, public relations and tax-effective membership of an organisation keen to strengthen the position of the club and its contribution to the community.
To establish a relationship between Newport RFC, its supporters and the community it serves.
To assist Newport RFC’s existing community projects.
To identify groups in the community that can benefit from a relationship with Newport RFC.
Community Broad Achievements in the First Year :
Contact was made with all the schools and junior rugby clubs in the area served by Newport RFC’s Gateway Project. Schools that expressed an interest benefited from our token collection scheme. Some junior clubs have benefited from programme sponsorship and Bettws RFC received a trophy to award at their youth sevens tournament.
The Trust paid for some of the garments worn by the Gateway Officers whilst they carry out their school visits. This helped relieve the financial burden on the club. The Trust also launched and sponsored the highly successful art competition in conjunction with the Second Half Project.
As mentioned above, contact was made with many potential beneficiaries of our work. The feedback has been very useful in forming a strategy for moving forward.
A token collecting scheme for this year has already been launched. We have also been asked to consider a major sponsorship deal with the Newport Schools RFU. We will maintain contact with our existing community partners and will seek to gain more.
We would hope to be able to assist the Gateway Scheme financially as a regular project. The art competition was a major success and plans are being formed for next year’s competition.
We would like to strengthen our relationship with the club this year, and hopefully they can help us to encourage more support, especially from local schools.
Fundraising & The Bullion Draw Alan Cording Fundraising Officer
Website Sponsorship The Trust is a voluntary organisation that has been set up to look after the interests of rugby in Newport, specifically geared towards Newport RFC. The Trust is involved in many community schemes involving Newport RFC, schools, youth and other charities. Details of which can be found on the Trust website. To support these aims and initiatives the Trust does a lot of fundraising to help raise money. Therefore in keeping with this we are looking for sponsorship of the website. This sponsorship is designed to help cover the hosting and ongoing development costs of our site and to ensure the site remains one of the best available for Trust Members and also Newport RFC supporters throughout the world. We are looking for 2 official sponsors whose logos/adverts will appear on the Trust’s websites. These will consist of a Primary Sponsor and a Secondary Sponsor.
The History of Newport RFC Mike Dams Club Historian
This is how we see things developing but it is subject to change and the feature list will change depending on input from the users. If you would like to help in anyway then please get in touch with the project team. As you can imagine, Newport RFC has an immense history that spans over 130 years and this is a something that is going to require a lot of effort and time.
www.historyofnewport.co.uk “ I think that the website is a very exciting development. It allows us to keep our loyal following informed of club developments. I would like to recognise the enormous amount of dedicated work that has to go in to such a project, not only in the start up stages but the ongoing maintenance and updating of the site. This is a testimony to all the hard work of those involved with FONR Trust. I would like to think that in the future both the coaches and players can provide you with material to help promote both the trust and website. Thanks again for your continued support.” Dai Rees Newport RFC Coach 9th February 2005
www.historyofnewport.co.uk “ What an excellent website, a must for all true supporters of Newport RFC. Congratulations to FONR Trust for what must have been labour of love to produce such detailed information on the complete history of the club. It brings back so many memories of Newport's heyday particularly as a young supporter during 1940's and 1950's, as a player in the 60's and coach in the 70's. Well done FONR Trust.” John Ryan Played 22 times for Newport from 1959/60 - 1961/62. Newport Coach from 1973-8 winning the Welsh Cup in 1977. Welsh Coach in 1988.
www.historyofnewport.co.uk “ An excellent historical rugby site, reminding both ex players and supporters of the outstanding individuals and teams that represented the Worldwide renowned Newport club with such great distinction.” David Burcher Played 208 times for Newport scoring 67 tries. Captain 1976/77 - 1977/78 “ Congratulations on a first class undertaking. It was great to read some of the reports and check out some of the stats. I look forward to many more hours on the site. I loved my time at Rodney Parade and although I never lived in Wales I was made to feel very much at home. Good Luck and thanks for all the effort that was put in!” Gareth Rees Scored 603pts in 47 games from 1993/4 to 1995/6
The Trust is working with the Supporters Club at the request of Rodney Parade Ltd to identify all of the memorabilia that is onsite. The items will be catalogued and then displayed in the clubhouse as appropriate.