Community Rugby Park Funding Drive
$1,475 raised
10% of $15k goal
6 contributors
49 Days left Ends Jan 1, 2019
The Clayton RFC is in the home stretch on Phase 1 of our Community Rugby Park project. Help us finish off the project so that we can open the park in the Spring of 2019!

Our Story

The Clayton Rugby Football Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase the participation, awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment of the sport of Rugby Union in Johnston County, North Carolina, and the United States. 

Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the United States, but field space is limited in Johnston County and not one rugby specific field exists. We have been working for years to develop a rugby facility in our area to help with the growth of the sport. Our goal is to provide rugby friendly fields that are appropriately sized, accessible, and safe for players of all ages. 

The Johnston County Rugby Park

Over the past two years, our club has been working closely with the Town of Wilson's Mills, NC on a joint community park project. The town is installing a playground and bathroom/pavilion facility as well as providing land for the rugby facility, which we are developing. When not in use for rugby, the fields are being made available to the Town to fulfill the recreational needs of their growing community. 

The park is poised to become a hub of activity for both rugby and community in Johnston County. Joining the Town of Wilson's Mills in support of the project are the Johnston County Visitor's Bureau, Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and Johnston County Department of Economic Development. 

"As Johnston County continues to grow with the Triangle Region, we see the efforts of the Clayton Rugby Football Club as an opportunity to become the "go-to" destination for rugby teams and players from the Triangle, the Southeast United States and beyond. Locally, the facility will provide much needed additional recreational space for our citizens." - Chris Johnson, Director, Johnston County Economic Development

The Project

The Johnston County Rugby Park officially broke ground in June and we are in the home stretch on Phase 1 of our project. The two multi-purpose fields are expected to be completed by the end of October with the Championship field finishing later this Fall. The park is expected to be open for play in March of 2019.

Phase 1 includes:

  • Installation of one full regulation size Championship Field with permanent international grade goal posts
  • Installation of two multi-purpose playing fields that are of full regulation size for rugby and have ground sleeves in place for removable goal posts
  • Parking for 150 vehicles

Future phases include:

  • Construction of a clubhouse/community building
  • Grandstand seating on the Championship Field
  • Expanded parking
  • Scoreboard and other support structures

Help Needed

Through internal donations, discounted/donated labor and items, sponsors, and traditional fundraising efforts we have brought in roughly $350,000 towards the project. The donated site work being a large chunk of that budget. As with any major project, there have been unexpected costs that have pushed past our budget estimates. 

We've done the hard part, laid down the foundation, and we need your help to finish it off. We have set a goal of raising another $15,000 before the end of the year. This final push will complete our fundraising efforts on Phase 1 of our project and potentially give us a head start on Phase 2 of the project. 

We sincerely hope that you consider donating to the cause as it has a direct impact on the future of rugby, for all ages, in Johnston County and North Carolina. Not many clubs in the USA have an opportunity like this, so please help us take advantage of it. Any size donation is welcome. Even the smallest donation makes a difference. 

Offline Contributions and Payment Plans

If you aren't comfortable using this format and prefer to make an offline contribution to the project, please contact us at info@claytonrfc.com for details. We are more than happy to accept any form of donation. We are also capable of setting up a monthly automatic payment plan for the larger amounts. 

Give the Gift of Rugby

Your donation to the Johnston County Rugby Park project not only helps us develop the facility, but it also provides the platform to grow rugby throughout the region. The facility will be a source of pride in the community and a place for players and fans to call home for many generations to come. 

Picture yourself or others on a beautiful North Carolina Saturday. It's a home game and you arrive early for breakfast at the club. After breakfast, you watch some youth rugby or an international match on the big screen in the clubhouse. You then play in or watch the main event match with a packed grandstand. Fans and youth players buzzing around the park. You can smell the food from the social just waiting for you to enjoy. No need to leave after the match to go to another location for the social. Everyone in the same place to celebrate another great day at the Johnston County Rugby Park. 

A perfect day of rugby, family, and community.

The journey starts here with Phase 1 of our project. 

We need your help. The hardest work has already been done. Help us make this dream a reality by pushing us past our goal.

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Perks

$25 USD
Friend of the Clayton RFC
Friend of the Clayton RFC Level Donors Receive the Following:
1. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park T-Shirt
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$50 USD
Bootlegger Level Donor
Bootlegger Level Donors Receive the Following:
1. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park T-Shirt
2. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park Ball
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$100 USD
Bronze Level Donor
Bronze Level Donors Receive the Following:
1. Recognition as a Bronze Level Donor on a Memorial Placed at Johnston County Rugby Park
2. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park T-Shirt
3. Club Pin
4. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park Ball
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$250 USD
Silver Level Donor
Silver Level Donors Receive the Following:
1. Recognition as a Silver Level Donor on a Memorial Placed at Johnston County Rugby Park
2. Clayton Bootleggers Training Jersey
3. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park T-Shirt
4. Club Pin
5. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park Ball
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$500 USD
Gold Level Donor
Gold Level Donors Receive the Following:
1. Recognition as a Gold Level Donor on a Memorial Placed at Johnston County Rugby Park
2. Clayton Bootleggers Training Jersey
3. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park T-Shirt
4. Club Pin
5. Club Tie
6. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park Ball
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$1,000 USD
Club Level Donor
Club Level Donors Receive the Following:
1. Recognition as a Club Level Donor on a Memorial Placed at Johnston County Rugby Park
2. Free admission for life to rugby events hosted at the Johnston County Rugby Park
3. Framed Clayton Bootleggers Jersey
4. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park T-Shirt
5. Club Pin
6. Club Tie
7. Commemorative Johnston County Rugby Park Ball
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