Crowdfunding football: How Grimsby Town FC raised £110,000 on Crowdfunder

GTFC LogoAfter Grimsby Town FC missed out on promotion to the Football League in May, their fans and the Mariners Trust decided to set up a Crowdfunder campaign to help their manager buy new players.

50 days, 2000+ pledges and £110,000 later, we can safely say that Grimsby Town FC has scored big as one of the UK’s most innovative, and brilliant crowdfunding campaigns.

The legacy from the Grimsby campaign shows that on the pitch, success comes through hard work, determination and team-work. Off it, supporters can play a vital role by running crowdfunding campaigns to raise much-needed funds for their clubs.

The club featured in a wide range of national media across their crowdfunding campaign, but the support of their local paper, the Grimsby Telegraph and Look North – their regional BBC broadcasters, the Mariners Trust managed to secure not only funds from immediate fans of the club – but wider support from the whole town. The campaign even secured international pledging with support funnelling into the campaign from a total of 16 countries.

The club even threw an “end of campaign” party to celebrate their success…

Paul Savage, the driving force behind the Grimsby FC crowdfunding campaign commented on their success: “There are no words to describe how proud we are of Grimsby and our incredible community. Raising over £100k in just fifty days is an unbelievable achievement and completely surpassed our original £20k target. There is no way we could have imagined this result for our football club.

“The Crowdfunder campaign has pulled our community together in ways we’d never expected – not just to raise funds but to generate creativity, ideas, support – and pledges from around the world.

“The support from fans has given our football club the opportunity to gain promotion back into the league, and put the fishing town of Grimsby on the map for innovative digital community fundraising. The only words are Thank You.”

Grimsby are not just inspirational – they are a reality — and proof that communities believe in the beautiful game, and they want to do more than just stand on the side-lines, they want to be a part of it.

If you have a sports project needing funds, or a football club , add your project today and get started.

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