Adders Bounce Back to Hockey

by Adders Hockey in Atherstone, England, United Kingdom

£10,617

raised of £10,000 target

91

supporters
106% 19 hours left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 23rd September 2020 at 8:42am

The Adders are desperate to return to doing what we do best - providing great opportunities for players young and old to enjoy hockey!

by Adders Hockey in Atherstone, England, United Kingdom

1597008351_1597008351606.pngHelp the Adders recover

from the impact of Covid-19

and build for the future.


Like many, the Club and our members face a significant challenge in recovering, but we are determined to bounce back! Please play your part in helping us to ensure that both current and new members may continue to play, coach, manage, umpire and support hockey locally.

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We are …

a community hockey club run by volunteers with a vision of providing affordable hockey to everyone regardless of age or ability. Our Bounce Back Campaign is intended to ensure that we are able to do just that.

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                        "so many families, all part of the one Adders family"

We face …

challenges on many fronts, including:

  • Significant loss of income following the season’s premature closure and cancellation of key fundraising events
  • Loss of summer activity impacting on player welfare, retention and recruitment
  • Uncertainty over the timetable for the new season
  • Likely challenges in delivering the schools programme and driving junior recruitment
  • Pressure on the Club’s cashflow given loss of income and future uncertainty

However, these challenges also present a great opportunity to return stronger and in better shape, better prepared and equipped to deliver the Adders’ brand of hockey in the “new normal”!

We will …

  • Bounce Back – a campaign that underpins the Club’s “return to play” strategy
  • launch a new Coaching Philosophy and Plan for the new season
  • expand the Scholarship Fund supporting younger players to commit to the Club
  • introduce a Hardship Fund to ensure that those facing financial troubles may continue to play hockey
  • develop a new Volunteer Recognition and Support programme to recognise the Club’s coaches, umpires and young leaders
  • broaden the Schools Programme, increasing the opportunities for young people to play hockey
  • extend our engagement with the local community piloting and introducing new initiatives

and your support can make this happen!

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             "Young people are at the heart of the Club" - Joseph Kobrin, Chair

You can help …

The Adders are Crowdfunding in order to raise funds to help cover the loss of income and to ensure that we have the additional funds necessary to Bounce Back to Hockey.

Our target is to raise £10,000 in total and we are hopeful that Sport England might contribute significantly towards this. However, Sport England’s support will be conditional upon us first raising £5,000 – that’s our initial challenge and the Club can help. We have a number of rewards to thank those supporting us, including free tickets to the Bounce Back Party and new T-shirts (perfect for returning to training). A number of local businesses have agreed to support us and further rewards will follow.

For those able to contribute a little more, please consider sponsoring a match day or indeed a team. Whilst we have outlined a few of the benefits, we would be pleased to provide a more bespoke solution according to the needs and wishes of a prospective sponsor.

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More specifically, we will…

Invest in improving facilities at our TQEA pitch. With restrictions around access and social distancing likely to continue and impacting on the experiences of players, coaches, umpires and supporters, we will need to offer some additional cover, increase seating, improve signage and ensure a most welcoming environment for all.

Support the Club’s new Coaching Philosophy and Plan with investment in new equipment. Current restrictions around the sharing of equipment also require us to increase the amount of equipment available to support back to back sessions when in more usual times the same equipment would otherwise have been used.

Support more players through the Club’s Scholarship programme. This has been central to the Club’s recent successes ensuring that players, most usually aged 16 – 24, are able to commit to the Club whilst also balancing the needs of continuing their education, part-time and full-time employment. The programme also requires players to commit to supporting the Club, perhaps umpiring, coaching or managing junior teams. Last season, this support totalled almost £900 and it is hoped that we might double this in the new season.

Introduce a Hardship Fund. Whilst the Club has always looked favourably on those struggling to meet the financial demands of playing for the Adders, the current post-lockdown climate provides a hitherto unseen and challenging time for many of our members. The Club has already committed, despite the loss of more than £5,000 since March, to maintaining all subscriptions and fees at last season’s levels whilst also formalising support for those now struggling to play and pay.

Recognise and reward the Club’s coaches, umpires and young leaders. The Club wishes to subsidise the provision of clothing for those volunteers who give so much to the Club whilst also expanding the opportunity for more to attend and complete training, workshops, courses etc.

Expand the provision of hockey in local schools ensuring greater access to support for teachers, the delivery of more sessions in schools and increased opportunity for schools to participate in local competition. In short, we will reach a greater number of children, predominantly from the Primary age group, and get more young people playing! Last year the Club spent more than £1,000 in this area and would like to double this figure in the year ahead as we come to terms with operating in a different environment.

Extend our engagement with the local community. Having been a nomadic club for many years playing in neighbouring boroughs and indeed counties, the laying of an all-weather pitch in Atherstone almost ten years ago was the catalyst for the Club's resurgence. Engaging young people remains a top priority, but given a far greater awareness of the Adders across the town and surrounding area and a great reputation as a family-centred club, we are well-placed to extend our Back to Hockey initiative, build on the Hockey Heroes programme and pilot a Walking Hockey project. The Club's support of Santa's Sleigh is legendary and provides an annual reminder of the power of pulling together!

Despite having lost significant income over the summer – monies that would usually fund much of the above – the Adders are confident that with your support and that of Sport England, we can deliver and indeed Bounce Back Stronger!

              "Lockdown didn't stop the Adders doing it the Adders way!"

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Bounce Back Prize Draw

Entry into the Adders prize draw for one of two fantastic hampers filled with food, drink and other goodies kindly provided by local businesses. Please note that this is available to those aged 18 and above only.

£5 or more

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Juniors Bounce Back - sports bottle

Be one of the first to donate £5 and claim your free Samurai sports bottle at the Adders Junior Bounce Back to Hockey Festival

£10 or more

Bounce Back Party

A free ticket to the Adders Bounce Back Party!

£10 or more

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Bubbles for Bubbles

Enjoy a bottle of Prosecco at the Adders Bounce Back Party. Ice cold and delivered to your party bubble. For those aged 18 and over only!

£25 or more

Adders Bounce Back T-shirt

Wear the shirt with pride as you bounce back with the Adders! Perfect for training and a great way to demonstrate your support of the Adders! Shirts will be available in a range of sizes.

£25 or more

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Tea for Two at The Black Horse

Afternoon Tea for two at The Black Horse, Atherstone. A great opportunity to spoil someone special!

£30 or more

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Enjoy a Steak Night for two at The Black Horse

The Black Horse Atherstone is pleased to support the Adders and invites you and a guest to sample its legendary Steak Night. What's not to like!

£250 or more

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Match Day Sponsor

With four or five games scheduled at home every Saturday throughout the season, there's never a quiet day in the calendar. Choose your match day and enjoy lots of hockey whilst wearing the latest Adders sweatshirt and enjoying complimentary hospitality.

£500 or more

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Sponsor the new Pitchside Noticeboard

With restrictions on gatherings away from the pitch, a new Club noticeboard at our home pitch will be key in our communications with players and supporters. Sponsor the new noticeboard and have your name displayed prominently too - perfect for a corporate sponsor!

£500 or more

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Team Sponsor

With nine teams competing on a Saturday, the Adders have a team in need of your support! Annual dinner tickets, pitchside branding, social media acknowledgments and match day reporting are just some of the ways in which we can thank you for your support.

£1,500 or more

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Enhanced Team Sponsor (inc. Shirt branding)

Support one of the Adders' nine teams competing home and away in new match shirts bearing your company's branding. Whilst we will tailor any sponsorship to exceed your expectations, annual dinner tickets, social media acknowledgments and match day reporting are just some of the ways in which we can thank you for your support.

Let's make 'Adders Bounce Back to Hockey' happen

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