The Friends of Waikato Rugby Fund

The Friends of Waikato Rugby Fund was created by the Waikato Rugby Union and Momentum Waikato to support grassroots amateur rugby across the Waikato. It was established in 2020 with a significant foundational gift from a generous group of directors and other rugby supporters.

Waikato rugby supporters now have this opportunity to smartly support the community level of the code by making donations and/or a gift-in-will into a long-term arms-length ring-fenced investment Fund, rather than just for immediate expenditure. This is a significant element in the WRU’s strategy to diversify funding sources for the local game, as the best guarantee of continued resourcing.

Grassroots rugby is the heartbeat of many communities, schools and clubs. The Fund’s future distributions therefore focus on the game’s role in creating greater community unity and wellbeing. Club and school teams, women’s rugby, Sevens, Ripper Rugby and volunteer support and other core activities will be supported and enabled.