Hertford Men’s Football Team (HCAFC) is on the verge of returning to the higher leagues. The squad have been very close to promotion for three seasons running and there are plans to merge training sessions with the MCR to pool our sporting skills. The team currently receive around £400 a year from the JCR and kit sponsorship deals that are shared with the rugby team to cover necessary costs, such as league and referee fees. The team is also looking into going on tour next year, which will require sponsorship.
Additional finances will provide the football team with even more of a platform to grow. To complement the expansion the football team is undergoing, we are also looking to build stronger foundations with the Old Boys and have many more inclusive events for all.
- £50 will allow us to buy 5 high quality footballs
- £50 will buy a large amount of other equipment such as cones, bibs and ball carrier bags
- £184 will hire the nearby all-weather 5-a-side pitch at University Club for an hour a week across a whole term and allow the team to regularly train together
- £500-600 will buy the whole team brand new match day kit
Hertford College Boat Club (HCBC) is the college’s largest sporting society and provides opportunities for first time novices right through to Olympic athletes. The club prides itself on achieving excellence and also encourages participation from all corners of the college, across graduates, undergraduates, visiting students and boat club alumni. Since the inception of women’s rowing at Oxford less than 40 years ago (the first Oxford bumps race open to women was held in 1978) Hertford has produced a steady stream of talented male and female rowers, and now holds the highest number of women’s crews on the Isis.
But rowing is not a cheap sport. Each year HCBC spends £4,500 on race entry fees, including the Christchurch Regatta, Torpids, Eights, as well as external regattas. These competitions are the best way to accelerate the development of Hertford’s rowers, but at the moment the top crews are prioritised to keep the budget within bounds. With an increase in donations HCBC would like to be able to enter as many crews as possible.
Zoe Lee (2004) is currently a member of the British Rowing team and won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, having never rowed before Hertford. Steph Cullen (1999) came first in the 2011 World Rowing Championships and Paul Mattick (1999) won two gold medals in the 2012 World Cup season.
The boat club offers bursaries to students who are concerned that rowing in the holiday prevents them from working to earn income that would support them during term-time. Thanks to a donation, HCBC is able to spend £1,000 on bursaries for these students for the next two years.
- £3,100 would fund a new set of oars; £310 would fund a single blade
- The rowing machines in the boathouse will need to be replaced over the next 5 years. £850 would fund one new rowing machine
- £100 would fund one week of coaching
How much does a new boat cost?
- £20,000 to £30,000 would fund the purchase of a new rowing eight
- £13,000 to £15,000 would fund a new rowing four
- £8,000-11,000 would fund a new rowing pair or double
It is possible to part-fund the purchase of new boat by selling one of our existing shells – this can contribute up to 60% of the new purchase cost. In these cases, we can offer donors who make up the remainder of the purchase price the opportunity to name that boat as they choose.
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Hertford College Rugby Club (HCRFC) is a friendly and inclusive college rugby club. It welcomes players of all abilities, from complete beginner to blues standard. HCRFC has had a resurgence recently, with the introduction of an annual tour (recent destinations have been Mongolia, Malta and Belgium), and a run to the Cuppers semi-final last season. There is also significant Old Boy involvement with the rugby club, with an annual Old Boys’ game, and several Old Boys joining us on the tours.
HCRFC receives £300 a year from the JCR to cover subscription costs to university competitions, which give us a 15 a side game each week in both Michaelmas and Hilary term. However, in order to improve, training equipment is essential. Sponsorship is available for all kit that we buy, and we are also keen to involve Old Boys in the club.
• £100 would pay for a set of balls for a season
• £200 would pay for 4 training tackle bags
• £400 would pay for 4 training tackle pillars
• £800 would buy a new set of match shirts
Cricket enjoyed a resurgence at Hertford after the team defeated the Hungarian National Team on the 2014 tour of Budapest. Since then the squad has grown and thrived in the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Cricket League (OICCL). The team is made up of members of both the JCR and MCR, such that our spread of players now ranges from freshers to PhD students.
Our cricket ground lacks sight-screens, nets and covers – the latter particularly problematic given its position on the swamp that is Marston! In the next few years we hope to improve this situation and consequently we are searching for sponsorship in whatever form it may take.