Madison United Rugby
History: The idea of Madison United Rugby started in the fall of 2007, when rugby coaches and administrators – often the same people – started talking about a way to unite all of the Madison area rugby clubs around our common interests. They thought a new “umbrella” organization could provide organizational efficiency and help build our sport. From these early conversations a Board of Directors was formed and Madison United Rugby Inc. was incorporated in April 2008. Later that year Madison United Rugby was granted 501(c)3 tax-exempt status by the IRS. We are governed by a seven member Board of Directors.
Mission: To support the growth of rugby in the Madison area. We have developed an alliterative
four point approach to this broad mission.
PLAY: We support the playing of the game by our member clubs, at the highest level possible.
We are establishing a fund to assist clubs with expenses associated with National Championship Playoff travel and lodging, as well as assisting individuals players chosen for select-sides. This fund will also be used to assist our member clubs with the hosting of international touring sides.
PROGRAM: Our signature program Youth Flag Rugby debuted the summer of 2010. Our goal for the first year was to have one hundred grade school kids playing flag rugby. Each summer we host a six week, coed, non-contact program. It provides structure for developing running, passing, catching and kicking skills, with an emphasis on sportsmanship and teamwork. Each summer session runs from June 21 - July 31, with two age groups; those entering grades 2-3 and those entering grades 4-6. Middleton and South Madison are the first two locations. We plan to expand in future years as our resources allow. Other programs will include the hosting of camps for training and development of coaches, referees and player skills.
PLACE: A proper field for rugby has always been one of the biggest issues for American clubs. Thanks to the hard work and generous donations of many, the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex now exists to benefit all of our clubs. In the Village of Cottage Grove, just east of Madison, we own a portion of Fireman's Park.
PARTNERSHIPS: For rugby to grow significantly, we recognize the need to expand beyond our current sphere of operations. Madison United Rugby is actively seeking partnerships to support our family oriented operations. We are actively connecting to the community at large through our Youth Flag Rugby Program and the WRC Sports Complex will be available for sporting and social activities other than rugby. Sponsorship opportunities exist for Madison United Rugby individual clubs and the Sports Complex. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CONTACT US: Madison United Rugby, Inc., Post Office Box 45598, Madison, WI 53744-5598
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