Teignbridge Trojans have made a fast start to life, and they are going about it in a unique way…

Founded by friends Barry Whittle and Joe Bramley in August, they have progressed quickly off the field ahead of a proposed start to competitive action in 2017.

They have launched an innovative fundraising campaign called ’50 4 50′, as Whittle explains:

“We’ve just launched our fundraising effort ’50 4 50′. Essentially, we’re looking for 50 companies, groups or individuals to give us £50 for sponsorship.

“In return, all 50 donaters will go into a hat and the first ten drawn out of the hat will be given spaces on our brand new playing kit, so you could be our main sponsor with all the prestige and exposure that comes with it for a fraction of what it costs to sponsor other clubs in the same way.”

More than one ticket can be bought by anybody, but all donaters will have their name or logo featured on the club’s training gear, which will be handed to all players and made available for public sale.

Whittle added: “’50 4 50′ is something we have seen work in other places and it just made sense for us to give it a try. We do have other areas which will need funding such as ground equipment, flags, post protectors, balls and medical assistance – all can be discussed and prices arranged.”

The south Devon club have also secured a home at Newton Abbot RFC, which has hosted Rugby League before, and Whittle commented: “Newton Abbot was our preferred choice. They have been thoroughly good landlords previously.

“We have been given permission to play at Rackerhayes and we will have all facilities open to us including changing rooms and bar which is great news for our growing fan base – we are very pleased and excited to show what we can offer both on and off the pitch.”

The club have also started talks with local secondary schools to design the club’s first playing kit, as well as taking part in local Rugby League tournaments.

He added: “We are working hard to arrange three tournaments and engage with secondary schools in our area in different ways.

“It’s all ‘go’ at the moment and we are all just excited for next May to see all our hard work come to fruition – only then can we say we have achieved something special.”

The Trojans are set to take part in the South West Rugby League next year against teams from both Devon and Cornwall, with the season set to kick off in May 2017.

For more information on how to get involved with the club, or to get on board as a sponsor, get in touch with Barry Whittle. e: bjw1980@yahoo.com / t: 07545876583