Stirling Clansmen American Football Team

To replace 50% of our helmets and purchase filming equipment to stream our games

£2,399 raised of £6,000 target 40 %
38 supporters 14 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 10:00am 7th July 2017

What is our project?

Our project is to replace 50% of our helmets and to purchase filming equipment to stream our games worldwide. 

 

What is the need for this project?

For the University of Stirling Clansmen American Football Team to compete, we MUST have equipment that meets safety standards. It is imperative for our player’s safety that helmets are replaced on a regular basis (usually every 2 or 3 years) to help prevent injury through damaged equipment. We take the safety of our players extremely seriously. Our primary concern is our player’s safety with concussions being one of the leading injuries in American football. Helmets endure a lot of contact throughout the season, and can sustain a lot of damage. Damaged helmets can leave our players prone to injury which is why it is one of our main priorities to replace them for the upcoming season.

We need to reach our target to be able to replace 50% of our helmets, ensuring that the best possible helmet is bought to offer the best protection for our players as they make the University of Stirling proud worldwide. 

We are a popular club, with fans from around the world and many of our former members and players still taking an active interest. We would like to purchase filming equipment to stream our games so that people can watch and support us worldwide. Filming and sharing our games will allow us to promote our successes and advertise our team as well as the University of Stirling. We travel a lot for our games and unfortunately our supporters are not always able to come with us so we would like to offer them the chance ti watch our games from the comfort of their own home. 

Our plea to you is to help us reach our fundraising goal of £6000 enabling us to purchase the helmets we require. YOU will be helping to increase the safety for the current Clansmen players and for those of the future. Any donation you can give and would be greatly appreciated by all players and coaches affiliated with the Clansmen.

 

A bit about us....

In 1984 the University of Stirling became the first University in Scotland to start playing American Football - the Stirling Clansmen were born. For over thirty years the Stirling Clansmen have been at the forefront of the development of American Football in Scotland and the UK.  Currently, we are the only Scottish team in the Premiership of the British Universities league. the elite devision for University American Football.

Our key achievements have included:

  • In 1997 the Clansmen qualified for the Northern Conference Plate.
  • In 2001 the Clansmen were Scottish Champions for the first time.
  • In 2003 the Clansmen triumphed, becoming British Champions for the first time.
  • In 2012 the Clansmen gained the honour of Elite Sports Status, at the University of Stirling, the University of Sporting Excellence in Scotland.
  • In 2014 the Clansmen won the British title, and in 2015 for the first time succeeded in defending their title.
  • In 2016 the Stirling Clansmen ended as runners up after an undefeated season.
  • In 2017 we regained the British title after getting to the final for four consecutive seasons

We are the reigning BUCS National Champions of American football. This victory was our third British national title in four years. We are currently the only team representing Scotland in the BUCS Premiership and it is our ambition to continue to represent the University of Stirling, the town of Stirling and Scotland to the best of our abilities. This has been achieved because of our dedicated players and coaches who have formed a diverse and multi-cultural team that has come from all over the world to play in Stirling.

 

What difference will this project make?

If successful, this project will transform the club and keep us competing  at the top for the next few years. We will be able to offer our players the best protection against head injuries while they both train and compete.

We will also be able to publicise and share our games with the world so that everyone who wants to, can watch through our live stream of the match.  

With your help, the Clansmen will be able to protect its players, continue to compete at the highest level, and attract new fans to Americal Football and help us to continue being the great club it is today!

Why do we need your help?

We fundraise all year round and have been generously supported in the past by the Stirling Fund, the Vice Chancellor of the University and our alumni. As players, we pay fees each year as well to cover most of the costs. These costs involve insurance, uniforms, equipment and travel. However, we are unable to fully support the replacement of new helmets and so need your help to reach our target. 

We will start by purchasing our camera which will cost £200 and then, assuming we make the target will be able to purchase 30 helmets. 

1 x helmet = £189 including VAT

This means that we will be able to stream our games straight away and then purchase as many helmets as we can.  

What can we offer you?

As a token of our appreciation for helping the team, we would like to offer you something in return. 

  • For donating up to £15, you will receive a Clansmen Team Poster with personalised message. Perfect for friends and family!
  • For donating up to £25, you will receive an official “12th man” T-shirt
  • For donating up to £50, you will receive an official “12th man” Hoodie
  • For donating up to £100, you will receive everything: the poster and the “12th man” T shirt and Hoodie.
  • For any donation over £250 you will receive a #12 Team Jersey. In addition, you will be named honorary captain and will have exclusive gameday access, including walking out to the field with the Team.

 

Thank you once again from all the players and coaching staff of the Stirling Clansmen for considering donating to the team. We would be delighted if you could contribute any money to help us reach our goal and ensuring a safer playing field for our players.

Thank you for taking the time to read our story