We are overfunding, check out what else we can do if we reach £46,000!
Incredible! We have managed to break our £26k target, and so can say with confidence that we will indeed be kitting out our function room and community space at our new ground.
Many thanks and congratulations to all our backers! This means so much to the club and to the local community we will be part of later this year when we move into Broadhurst Park.
We reached our target in just four weeks and have another four weeks to go. It's only half time! And with that in mind, let's hope the second half is as good as the first. A key part of servicing the function room and community space for meetings and events will be the kitchen facility which is right next door to that function room. We need to ensure that we have a fully fitted kitchen to allow us to be self-sufficient for catered events and on a match day. We reckon that we need to raise around £20k to buy what we need to kit out the kitchen and with your help, we think we have a great chance of doing it.
- If we raise another £5,000 we can buy all the crockery, cutlery and glassware we need.
- An extra £10,000 above target will enable us to get a commercial toaster, a mixer, large liquidiser, full set of pans, roasting and baking trays and storage equipment.
- Going £15,000 over our target gets us a commercial fridge freezer and an oven.
- And if we raise another £20,000, our final target, then that means we can completely fit out the kitchen with everything we need including microwaves, food warmers and a coffee maker.
As an extra incentive to pledge we've added two new rewards to the list on the right.
Let's keep up the momentum and kit out that kitchen!
FC United – Kit it Out!
Kit it Out aims to fund the kitting out of a community space and function room at Broadhurst Park, FC United of Manchester's new football ground and community facility in Moston, North Manchester. This new facility, now being built in an area of Manchester deprived of economic investment, will act as the central hub for FC United’s ongoing community and volunteering activities across Greater Manchester. Broadhurst Park will not just be a place where our home games are played; we will also have three sports pitches and community changing facilities, all of which will be open to the wider community as we seek to increase participation in sports. Our function room can be divided into three separate spaces and will be used for education courses, meetings and to organise volunteering and other activities. And we need your help to Kit it Out!
About FC United of Manchester
FC United of Manchester is a supporter-owned football club currently playing in the Evostik Premier Division at level 7 of the English football league system. Since our formation in 2005, we have played our home matches at Gigg Lane, groundsharing with Bury FC. We have no rich backers. All our funding comes via the efforts of our supporters and members who in turn run our club.
Why is our Kit it Out campaign important?
The function room at Broadhurst Park will provide a community centre for local people and FC United fans. It will be a great space where meetings, functions, training, teaching, social events and volunteering activities can take place. It is anticipated that the room will be available seven days a week, not only on match days, and used for a range of community activities including promoting a healthy lifestyle through sport. Sport also provides learning and work opportunities, reduces re-offending rates and strengthens community identity and we hope to realise these benefits for the local community too. Help us make a difference by supporting this campaign.
What needs to be done?
As you read this, in a field in Moston our ground is being built. On completion, in early autumn 2014, there will be a multi-purpose function room and community space. To help create the opportunities for community sports and deliver a volunteering hub that will support activity across the Manchester area, we need to raise money to pay for the equipment and fit out what we will need in the day-to-day running of the facility. We've also got some brilliant rewards for people willing to pledge to our campaign and these will be delivered once Broadhurst Park is fully operational and the function room is open.
Supporting lasting community benefit
By supporting this project you will be helping us make a real difference in the local community. By helping us kit out our function room you'll enable us to sustain and expand on our successful volunteering projects. This already includes training young volunteers, visiting the elderly, working with young offenders, as well as sports training. Special events throughout the year include "Youth United Day" to encourage youth participation in live football, "A Woman's place is...at the Match!" celebrating the role of women in football, and "Big Coat Day" where we collect warm clothing for the disadvantaged and homeless across Greater Manchester. To help achieve these commitments to the community we are delivering our ground programme in partnership with our future co-tenants Moston Juniors Football Club, Manchester City Council, The Manchester College and community-based charities.
Make no mistake, by pledging to our Kit it Out campaign you'll be directly helping to deliver lasting community benefits that will make a real difference to local people.
Thanks for taking an interest – we really appreciate your support.
How can you help us?
- A few minutes – Pledge to our campaign and select a reward!
- A few minutes – Like us on Facebook, tweet a link to our campaign on Twitter.
- 10 minutes – Tell your friends about Kit it Out.
- 15 minutes – Highlight our campaign with your local community group or workplace. Perhaps you can fundraise together for a greater reward?
- 30 minutes – Visit our website and read about FC United's continuing community work.
- A few hours – Organise a fundraising activity to help to gain an even greater reward.