Orange City Rugby Club did not have contents insurance to cover all its equipment, clothing and training gear lost when its Pride Park grandstand was badly damaged by fire two weeks ago.
The club has now set up a GoFundMe page to try to raise money to replace the lost items.
Club president Steve Stone said the club had decided contents insurance was too expensive.
"The cost of the contents insurance was going to be quite prohibitive," he said.
"We were getting quotes of $2500 to $3000."
The value of the lost equipment is estimated at between $15,000 and $25,000.
He said the November 30 fire had occurred just before it was planned to move some of the clothing stored in the grandstand into a club member's home over the summer break.
The items stored included merchandise for fans valued at $8000-$10,000 plus spare sets of jerseys for the club's junior teams.
"They had a couple of extra sets that hadn't been used," he said. Other equipment stored in the grandstand included pads, posts and two marquees.
Mr Stone said committee member Tamara Grant had set up a GoFundMe page with an initial aim of raising $10,000.
As of Thursday morning the online request had raised $3266 from 22 donors.
"Anything we can get is a step in the right direction," he said.
"We don't like to ask for money.
"We don't expect $10,000. If we got $10,000 it would be fantastic," he said.
Mr Stone said Orange City had helped out Orange Emus Rugby Club when its equipment shed was damaged by fire earlier this year and Emus had reciprocated with help for City now.
He said the club would pull together and work toward getting teams on the field for the next season.
"It won't stop us. It will make the club stronger," he said.
Mr Stone said the grandstand building was covered by insurance taken out by its owners, the Waratah Sports Club.
However, he said it was still unclear whether the building could be saved.
Charges have been laid over the fire and court proceedings are currently underway.
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