Help Keep Bath City's Promotion Dreams Alive

by BathCityFC in Twerton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 25th July 2020 we successfully raised £53,025 with 849 supporters in 28 days

Due to COVID we must raise funds to compete in the play-offs & prepare for next season. Every donation supports free tickets for NHS staff

by BathCityFC in Twerton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

All additional funds above £35,000 will go towards the Players Pledge for the 2020/21 season.


Help us offset the COVID-related costs of competing in the play-offs and to prepare for next season. Plus - all donations support free tickets for NHS staff and Carers.


**We’re still accepting donations to help lay the foundations for next season, but unfortunately are unable to offer any new rewards above a TERRACE Hero ahead of Sunday’s match. Watch for further updates.**


Bath City FC has been on a roll for the past few years since becoming a community-owned club. Each season has seen bigger crowds and higher finishes in the league – and this year promised to be the best yet with promotion to the National League – just one step below the Football League - very much on the cards.

Covid-19 brought all this to a halt with all football suspended from 16th March and the possibility of the season being wiped out.

However, now there’s a new chance to finish the job. Bath City are now lined up to take part in up to three play-off matches starting on 18th July that could see the promotion dream become a reality. Three wins, starting with a home match at Twerton Park, and The Romans could be in the National League. With Jerry Gill and the team’s skilful and exciting brand of football on the pitch and our ever-increasing crowds and commercial relationships off it, we’re confident we’d be ready to thrive in the higher division.

But competing will come at a cost that the Club could never have budgeted for. We have to test all players and backroom staff for Covid-19 a minimum of four times and invest in specialist PPE equipment. We have to undertake deeper cleaning and pay for travel to matches home and away. And we need to bring players and coaches back off furlough in order to work for the Club.

To get up and running and competing in the first play-off will cost around £18,000 and it would cost a further £17,000 to get us through the semi-final and to play in the final*. A total of £35,000 to play in matches that are all behind closed doors with no paying spectators, no bar revenue and no sponsorship.

UPDATE - thanks to the immense generosity of our fans, local well-wishers and football supporters everywhere, we have reached our initial target of £35,000 and will be donating 1,750 match tickets to NHS heroes. Now we're pushing on to a stretch target of £50,000 to help prepare the club for next season. PLUS every £20 donated over £35,000 will now generate a free ticket for Carers, Health Visitors and Care Home Workers. Please help our club and your heroes.

What you can do to help

We’re asking our loyal fans and friends across the city and beyond to help this superb Bath City team compete for promotion. Become a Bath City Hero by pledging your donation to get our players out on the pitch and playing for promotion.

And we’ll give you rewards to thank you for supporting the team, starting with the chance to watch a live stream of the match**; to having your own personalised flag displayed on the barriers at Twerton Park in the first match – and beyond if possible; to getting your own personalised thank you from Jerry Gill or Assistant Manager Jim Rollo and a match day reception; to sponsoring a player and keeping their unique play-off shirt.

But we know everyone's situation is different, so if the Reward levels aren't for you at the moment, please donate whatever you can afford. Every penny counts and will be appreciated just as much - you can even send cheques to the Club if you or people you know prefer (address below). And, we'll have free internet radio match commentary, so everyone can be part of the occasion.

Helping the NHS

Of course we’re all indebted to the real heroes of the NHS for getting us this far through the pandemic. And Bath City would like to take this chance to show our gratitude. Our match day kit will now bear the NHS logo throughout the play-offs and, for every £20 we raise, we’ll give a free ticket to NHS workers in next season’s matches. That’s up to 1750 tickets for NHS Heroes.

So please be a Bath City Hero and help us compete for promotion and to show our thanks to the NHS.

Choose from the Special Incentives on the right hand side now.

Thank you from the team and everyone at the Club.

Please note - a donation towards the running costs of Crowdfunder will automatically be added to your donation headed Tip, but you can change the amount if you wish.

* If we don’t manage to progress to the semi-final or final, all un-used funds will be deposited in the Player Pledge fund, a special account ring-fenced to support the playing budget in the 2020-21 season.

** Subject to National League approval. If for any reason this is not possible, we'll broadcast as much and as near-live as possible.

To get updates on our progress, don't forget to 'opt in' to receive them.

SPONSORSHIP REWARD OPTIONS:

These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please be mindful that your first choice of player or back room staff may not be available, so we suggest listing up to five favourites in order of preference. You will be contacted once you have made your pledge to select the player or back room staff member that you would like to sponsor. (Please allow up to 48 hours - all requests will be given strictly in the order that the donation was made).

  • Player Sponsorship options are from the following: Ryan Clarke, Dan Bowry, Alex Hartridge, Connor Riley-Lowe, Andy Watkins, Dan Martin, Tom Smith, Jordan Simpson, Sam Pearson, Ross Stearn, Lloyd James, Dan Ball, Tom Richards, Frankie Artus, Zac Smith, Ryan Brunt, Adam Mann and Harvey Wiles-Richards as well as Jerry Gill and Jim Rollo.
  • Back Room Staff Sponsorship options are from the following: Simon Jenkins, Steve Lock, Kit Barnes, Toby Wellington and Omar El Bezra. 

FLAG TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Flags are 75 cm wide by 1 metre long.
  • You will be contacted via the Crowdfunder platform with image requirements and sending details (please allow up to 48 hours). PLEASE check your junk folder for this message. 
  • Your personal image will be inserted into the Bath City Fans template.
  • Flags will be displayed on the crash barriers and a sample can be seen below.

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  • All images sent in will be approved by Bath City FC and any images deemed unacceptable will not be produced and you will not receive a refund.
  • This promotion is valid for the home play-off game against Dorking Wanderers only.
  •  We cannot offer refunds on this package.
  • If flag is damaged whilst at the Club (except for reasonable wear and tear), the Club will replace at our expense. However, if damaged by you upon collection, this will be your responsibility.
  • Flags can be collected from the Club at the start of the 20/21 season.
  • The best results will be achieved with the best quality of photos. We will proceed to produce the best quality product we can from the photos provided, but we cannot be held responsible for the quality of photo submitted and as noted above, we cannot offer refunds on this package. Please try and ensure the pictures supplied are no smaller than 3500 pixels in height, of a suitable resolution and that each file is named after the person in the photo. That will allow us to produce the flags quickly and easily. By submitting the photo you are giving your permission for the Club to proceed. You are also confirming you own the copyright to any image submitted. 
  • To ensure that your flag is ready by match day we need the images sent to info@bathcityfootballclub.co.uk by Monday 13th July to ensure that it is produced in time for the match. 

Postal address for cheques made out to Bath City Football Club:

Bath City FC, Twerton Park, Twerton, Bath, BA2 1DB

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

241 of 300 claimed

TERRACE HERO

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with... exclusive live video match coverage**, a free online programme AND help fund NHS Hero tickets

£4 or more

ONLINE PROGRAMME ONLY

Pledge £4 today and we'll reward you with an online programme for the match

£500 or more

14 of 21 claimed

PLAYER SPONSOR

Pledge £500 today (which will help to cover testing, travel & expenses of a member of the squad inc. Jerry & Jim) and we'll reward you with... Your name next to player picture in the programme & online and the player's signed matchday shirt to keep AS WELL AS Roman Hero Rewards AND help fund NHS Hero tickets

£250 or more

5 of 5 claimed

BACK ROOM SPONSOR

Pledge £250 today (which will help to cover testing, travel & expenses of a member of the back room staff) and we'll reward you with... Your name next to staff member's picture in the programme & online and your staff member's signed match day training shirt to keep AS WELL AS Roman Hero Rewards AND help fund NHS Hero tickets

£750 or more

1 of 1 claimed

PLAY-OFF BALL SPONSOR

Pledge £750 today & we'll reward you with... a hospitality package for 6 at a match of your choice in 20/21 Season (to inc. lunch, match day tickets & visit from Jerry on the day), AS WELL AS Roman Hero Rewards AND help fund NHS Hero tickets

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

PLAY-OFF MATCH DAY SPONSOR

Pledge £1000 today & we'll reward you with... a hospitality package for 8 at a match of your choice in 20/21 Season (to inc. lunch, match day tickets & visit from Jerry on day), AS WELL AS Roman Hero Rewards AND help fund NHS Hero tickets

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