In October 2015, an arson attack at Shepshed Rugby Club left their storage container destroyed, and with it all of the club’s playing and training equipement.
This left them struggling to fulling training sessions and matches, and even made retaining players tough.
The timing of the attack couldn’t have been worse. With the club about to launch a campaign to create a Mini and Junior section, the future looked to be safe for another generation of Shepshed Rugby players. Now however, those plans were to be put on hold, with funds and resources redirected to just get the club up and running again,
Those plans were never forgotten though, and after a year of hard fundraising and some generous donations, it appears the tide has turned.
Local rugby clubs helped their counterparts, and even Pescia Rugby Club from Italy got involved. They made significant equipment donations and held raffles to raise cash – a truly inspiring effort that embodied the meaning of the Rugby Family.
Gilbert, along with other rugby companies, were only too happy to help where we could with a contribution to the rebuilding of a club.
The result? Home games have now returned to the club, and in March, Shepshed were able to launch their first ever Mini/Junior Rugby session. Over 30 children joined, playing classic games with a rugby twist – Bulldog, Stuck InThe Mud and Eggs In The Nest. The aim from here is to provide the children of Shepshed and the surrounding areas a fun and safe environment to play rugby.
The Juniors have now played their first official matches, and the club as whole is fulfilling its home fixtures across the county. Club events such as Beer Festivals have continued to raise funds to improve the club, but the most important aspect for Shepshed is to have people back at the club, back playing rugby and back having fun.
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