The first sporting body to join Pennies
When you shop at the Rugby Store at Twickenham Stadium, not only can you get yourself something nice and support your favourite sport, but now you can also round your bill up to the nearest pound and donate a few pennies to charity.
The Rugby Store stocks the largest selection of England replica kit and international and club shirts, alongside a huge selection of England Rugby leisure wear for men, women and children; training wear and equipment; gifts and souvenirs. So when you shop at the store and pay by card, press YES, round up and contribute to raise funds to help the Injured Players Foundation and the Rugby Football Foundation.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 1,900 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership. The RFU is, in layman's terms, a "Friendly Society" (registered under the Industrial & Provident Societies Acts 1965-78). This means that it is owned by its member clubs and aims to make a profit to reinvest in rugby union in England.
Its income is made up of funding from sponsorship, government, ticket sales from international matches at Twickenham, hospitality and catering, a travel company and television rights.
The RFU employs approximately 500 paid staff and helps to train and support up to 40,000 volunteers whose roles include:
- Organising rugby activity, including the playing, coaching and refereeing of matches and recreational rugby at all levels
- Supporting the volunteer workforce
- Working with clubs to secure grants and loans for facilities
- Fundraising, handling money and insurance
- Offering medical advice and support