Manly Rugby Foundation Steps Up

After more than 2 years of steady fundraising,  the MRF is in good shape and has now launched  4 projects as part of its “success through development “strategy.

We now have 85 members of the foundation. These donations have enabled the MRF to safely invest its core capital of $100,000, and  has sufficient surplus to execute on four projects we believe reflect the objectives and values of the Foundation

Each of these projects have been approved by the Australian Sports Foundation. This is of course essential in securing tax effective donations and is a process closely monitored by the ASF. This requires us to account directly to the ASF for expenditure under each project on half yearly basis.

MRF Project 1—Colts scholarship programme. The first ever scholarship of this nature has been awarded to Will Haskins. Will was the outstanding recommendation of the Colts selection panel after a wide ranging search for our first scholarship winner. Will is a local junior from the Manly Roos, won his blue in the GPS 1st XV last year and played for the  NSW schoolboy 1st XV in the National Championship—he plays as half-back. Key to his selection is the leadership he has already shown within the squad and his professionalism, especially in recovery from serious injury last year. He has commenced studies for a Bachelor of Business at UTS.  Other candidates are in the pipeline.

MRF Project 2—Northern Beaches Rugby Pathway. In many respects this is our most exciting , most important project for 2017. Based upon an excellent rugby development programme for high schools designed by Tom Crerar, the inaugural MRF Gala day will be held on June 20th at Nolans Reserve between 930am-230pm. This projects involves 14 high schools in the northern beaches and north shore area. Our development team will attend all schools to instruct u13, u15 and open teams , boys and girls, in the Olympic sport of rugby sevens. There is no other support for rugby in these selected schools.

MRF Project 3—Refurbishment of the Kierle Park facilities. Perhaps more mundane but nevertheless a very long overdue upgrade to these training facilities. This will benefit not just the senior club, but the colts, and all junior rugby clubs that use the ground throughout the playing season. This was very much a joint project that has secured real leverage. An initiative of the Manly Marlins, the MRF joined the consortium that also includes the Manly Junior Rugby---the combined impact was to secure both Local Council and Federal Grants for the refurbishment. This will commence once certain planning matters are finalised

MRF Project 4—Manly Barbarians to Paris 2017.  Clubs from the Manly Junior Rugby Union have pooled resources to attend the famous Tournoi des Capitales in Paris in September 2017. School teams, both boys and girls, have been invited from around the world to participate in this famous event. The Manly Barbarians will also participate in the 100th anniversary services recognising the Battles of Villers Bretonneaux and Longueval.  With the direct approval of the ASF, the MRF has been able to pass through the tax benefits of ASF donations to the Barbarians. This is worth noting for all clubs intending to undertake such tours and need to fund raise as part of that process.

So as MRF moves into execution phase, its a big thankyou to everyone that has donated to and supported the Foundation.

These are our first projects, we expect to learn much during execution and we shape keep you updated on our next initiatives.  We are always open to suggestions and recommendations – contact board members Matt Curl, Steve Williams or Bill Calcraft This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.