General FAQ

Q: What is The Rugby Football Foundation?

A: The Foundation is an independent, registered charity and was established by the RFU in 2003 to do good through Rugby Union.

Q: What is the aim of the Foundation?

A: The objects of the Foundation are for the benefit of the public to:

  • promote community participation in healthy recreation by providing facilities for playing rugby union football and other sports (“facilities” means land, buildings, equipment and organising sporting activities);
  • to provide and assisting in providing facilities for sport, recreation or other leisure time occupation of such persons who have need for such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social and economic circumstances or for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving their conditions of life;
  • to advance the education of children and young people through such means as the trustees think fit in accordance with the law of charity; and
  • to advance the education of the public in the history and development of rugby football and its antecedent, in particular by establishing or maintaining a museum for the permanent exhibition and preservation of items of education and/or historic value.

Q: Is the RFF independent of the RFU?

A: The RFU is the RFF’s largest donor, providing substantial funding every year. However the Foundation is a separate registered charity, no. 1100277.

Q: What is the RFF's relationship with the RFU?

A: It is one of the official charities of the RFU.  The RFF receives a substantial annual donation from the RFU which is earmarked for the development of grassroots rugby and facilities funding. The RFF commissions delivery from Rugby Football Development Ltd, although as the RFU is the main funder, the delivery team wear kit with the RFU logo on it.

Q: What are the Foundation's admin and fundraising costs?

A: The Foundation is donated almost all core services by the RFU which means that our costs are exceptionally low and almost 100% of our income goes directly to our charitable objectives.

Q: How large are the Foundation's reserves?

A: The unrestricted reserves are currently less than one month's charitable spend. However, as our running costs are donated by the RFU this does not pose a great risk to our operation.


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