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How crowdfunding helped save DMP Sharks from oblivion and retain place in Allianz Premier 15s | Rugby Union Information | NEWSRUX

DMP Sharks have been going through a bleak future – till the local people stepped as much as assist them stave off administration; crowdfunding attraction raised over £30,000 in just some days; co-captain Mackenzie Thomas-Roberts says: “We had ladies ready to promote their jerseys to assist elevate cash”

Final Up to date: 24/11/22 8:41pm

DMP Sharks players Chloe Broom (left), Mackenzie Thomas-Roberts (middle) and Dani Phan (right) model the club's new strip

DMP Sharks gamers Chloe Broom (left), Mackenzie Thomas-Roberts (center) and Dani Phan (proper) mannequin the membership’s new strip

Rugby’s monetary disaster has been laid naked in current months with the plights of Worcester Warriors and Wasps – however there may be now a feelgood story within the salvation of ladies’s aspect DMP Sharks.

The Darlington-based outfit have been on the verge of dropping out of the Allianz Premier 15s, the highest division of ladies’s home rugby in England, having wanted to boost £50,000 to retain their place.

Sharks launched a crowdfunding marketing campaign and the local people got here to their rescue with over £32,000 generated in just some days, serving to the membership affirm their inclusion on this season’s league.

The funds raised will enable Sharks – the one totally newbie aspect within the Allianz Premier 15s and the only top-flight workforce within the north east of England – to cowl journey, lodging and medical charges.

These efforts have been supported by Vodafone, who stepped in with a front-of-shirt sponsorship deal and whose partnership with Sharks extends to the junior groups and serving to produce gamers of the longer term.

Sharks co-captain Mackenzie Thomas-Roberts mentioned: “It was actually emotional however seeing the followers and the local people get behind us was unbelievable.

“We even had younger ladies who have been ready to promote their jerseys to assist elevate cash for the workforce. These are the gamers that we need to encourage, and we hope that sooner or later they’ll come and play for us.”

Sharks coach Mark Luffman added: “You possibly can’t put it into phrases. We now have had fairly a troublesome begin from the start of pre-season, and it has been wonderful to have funding from Vodafone. Their monetary assist is essential to our mentality and professionalism going ahead.

“We need to be on the forefront of the premiership and now with backing from Vodafone and the local people it’s only going to push us to attain extra.”

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