The funds raised have helped the Sharks cover vital running costs - including travel, accommodation and medical fees - to allow them to compete in the league this season.
- DMP Sharks, a Darlington-based rugby club, were on the brink of dissolution in August 2022 and had to raise enough funds to save their Allianz Premier 15s season.
- The club made a public appeal for support in a bid to raise the £50,000 required, sparking an amazing crowdfunding effort from the local community.
- Vodafone also agreed a front-of-shirt sponsorship with DMP Sharks, securing the future of the club and enabling the crowdfunding amount to be used to support the club’s continued growth.
- The funds raised have helped the Sharks cover vital running costs – including travel, accommodation and medical fees – to allow them to compete in the league this season.
In August 2022, the Darlington-based Sharks had to raise a minimum of £50,000 or be forced to withdraw from the Allianz Premier 15s. In response, the club launched an emergency crowdfunding campaign. Thanks to incredible support from the local community, they raised over £32,000 in just a few days.
Vodafone then stepped in with a front-of-shirt sponsorship deal. This enabled the club to confirm their place in this season’s league and to invest the full crowdfunding amount in the continued growth of the club.
The partnership forms part of a broader commitment from Vodafone to support women’s rugby, both on and off the pitch. This includes existing partnerships with the Welsh Rugby Union and Armed Forces Women’s Rugby Team. Vodafone will be working with all three teams to help grow the women’s game, whether that’s providing business support to help grassroots clubs run more efficiently, expanding participation initiatives, developing talent pipelines, or using Vodafone technology to upgrade elite clubs’ sports science capabilities.