Flooded Nottingham Rugby Club initiates plea to prevent sinking metaphorically and literally.

Nottingham Rugby Club has initiated a fundraising campaign following significant flooding that has submerged their Lady Bay stadium, pitch, and clubhouse. Situated on a floodplain just south of the River Trent, the 147-year-old club is ineligible for insurance coverage for the damages. Consequently, they are appealing for £50,000 in financial assistance.

A statement shared on the crowdfunding platform JustGiving urged the local rugby community to provide support during these unprecedented times for the club.

As of Monday evening, nearly £6,000 had already been raised, with prominent English clubs such as Saracens and Leicester Tigers endorsing the appeal on social media.

Dave Ross, the head coach of Nottingham, expressed gratitude for the solidarity shown by the rugby community, stating, “Obviously it’s been a trying time as you can imagine, but it’s been fantastic to see the rugby community come together and support us… The camaraderie between the Premiership and the Championship is real. The Prem Cup means we play each other – we played Saracens at StoneX [Stadium] not long ago – but the big clubs also know the importance of the Championship as their young players cut their teeth here.”

In recent years, Nottingham has played a role in nurturing the talents of England players such as Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Will Stuart, and Ollie Chessum.

The fixture against London Scottish scheduled for this weekend has been postponed, but Ross believes that Nottingham will be prepared to host the British Army in a friendly match on 26 January. Thanks to partnerships with Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, training has remained uninterrupted as Ross prepares the team for an upcoming away game against Cornish Pirates.

Ross remarked, “We can live with this. It’s not ideal, but we’re cracking on. And everyone has mucked in. The players all had their wellies on earlier and were getting involved trying to help as they could. But we’re off to training this evening, so it’s business almost as usual. There are so many good people at the club who care about the community. So many volunteers have helped, and the work to get us going again hasn’t stopped. But mother nature is a beast sometimes.”

Ross could not confirm if or how the Rugby Football Union might assist, and the club has yet to respond to requests for an official comment.

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