£45,282

raised of £50,000 stretch target

281

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 2nd October 2020 at 10:00am

Critical ground repairs need undertaking to ensure we can retain our current status and to enable supporters to have a safe environment.

by Hitchin Town Football Club in Hitchin, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We will use any additional money raised to effect extensive improvements to our ground and social club: complete replacement of a better entrance for emergency vehicles (currently unusable), secure a new building and utilities for our club office (now condemned and needs demolishing), a new building for the ground staff and their equipment (an old shed has had to be demolished), and further improvements to our social club (Canary Club) such as upgrading the fire doors and electrics.


Hitchin Town Football Club can trace its formation back to 1865 and the original Hitchin FC club survived until 1911. The Club reformed in 1928 as Hitchin Town and since then has played a prominent part in the local community. We are an inclusive club and a community club that has raised thousands of pounds for charities and good causes. As well as the first team we have over 200 youth players involved in our youth section, two ladies teams and an Ability Counts team. Over the years the Club has faced many challenges, none more so than when the "Save Top Field" campaign was launched to prevent developers building a supermarket on our Top Field stadium in 2014. The campaign was successful, as the local community got behind the club with over 1,000 people attending a protest march. Top Field was saved and a long term lease was granted.

It was obvious the Top Field infrastructure was in dire need of renovation but because of lack of finance a "make do and mend philosophy" had to be adopted whereby only essential safety work could be undertaken. Profits from the 2018-19 FA Cup run were used to carry out essential modernisation of the Social Club and it was hoped this would increase profitability and that the extra profits would go towards improving Top Field. There was a definite improvement with bookings of the social club increasing but then along came the Covid-19 pandemic and overnight all our revenue streams were wiped out.

The awful weather over the last year has not helped, as the January storms in particular wreaked havoc at Top Field causing extensive damage that was totally beyond our control. The Covid-19 pandemic was then a further body blow to the Football Club at a time when we could ill afford more bad news.

We have explored all avenues to raise revenue and reduce costs but unfortunately Top Field desperately now needs an immediate investment of £25,000 to carry out essential health and safety work. We hope that supporters, followers and local residents can help us raise this amount. This includes total replacement of part of the main stand's roofing, all of the perimeter fencing on more than two sides of the ground, and structural repair to one of our buildings in the ground. There is much more, but these are the "must do" projects before we can go on.

We will not pass our next ground grading assessment if this essential work is not done and this would mean instant relegation. We need the £25,000 to ensure we can retain our current status and to enable supporters to have a safe environment in which to watch football at Top Field. We are still absolutely committed to getting a new stadium for Hitchin Town Football Club and we believe we are in a very good position for this to happen in the foreseeable future. However it is still imperative that the current stadium is fit for purpose until the new stadium can be built.

Hitchin Town Football Club is an essential part of the local community. No other local event attracts the level of support that the Football Club generates while we have gained great publicity for the town with national media interest in our FA Cup runs. When we hosted the draw for the first round of the FA Cup in 2018 it was shown not just on national television but across the globe.

Here’s the full list of essential works we’re looking to complete:

  • Main Stand Roof
  • Internal Rebuild of Old Tea Bar
  • Perimeter Fencing around Top Field
  • Fishpond Road Stand timber repairs
  • Concrete Path Repairs
  • Current Tea Bar Canopy Replacement
  • Canary Club Office Wall Repair
  • Changing Room Toilet Repairs
  • Covid-19 Compliance Work for Spectator Admission

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So please help us to raise the £25,000 we need and support our Crowdfunder appeal by donating and/or sharing this page as much as you can. Thanks for any help you can give.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

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YOUR NAME ON OUR SHIRT

Pledge £100 today and in order to commemorate 150 years since the original Hitchin FC kicked off the first ever FA Cup, we will incorporate your name within the design of our special edition 2021/22 away shirt. Limited to only 150, the bespoke shirt, professionally designed utilising our original white, navy and magenta colours and manufactured by Errea, will be individually numbered on the tag and presented in a special presentation box.

£10 or more

OUR GRATEFUL THANKS

Spare us a tenner to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way, and we'll email you a letter of our grateful thanks for helping our Club.

£25 or more

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OUR PROUD HISTORY

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with a copy of our brilliant Club history book 'Tales of The Town'. This will enable you to be in touch with the proud history that we are trying so hard to preserve.

£50 or more

JOIN THE WALL OF SUPPORT

Pledge £50 today and we'll add your name to our WALL OF SUPPORT within the Top Field Stadium.

£250 or more

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MAIN STAND SPONSOR

Pledge £250 today and you could become the first ever Main Stand Sponsor at Top Field Stadium. Open to 20 interested parties, the entrants will be placed into a draw where the new sponsor will be selected at random. The party that wins this draw, shown live on our social media, will be the main stand sponsor for a three-year period. The remaining 19 entrants will each be given a pitchside advertising banner at Top Field, so it's win/win!

£1,500 or more

LIFETIME SEASON TICKET

Pledge £1500 today and ensure a lifetime of enjoyment from the Top Field terraces. This will include entry to every Hitchin Town FC league fixture for the remainder of your life. Plus, you'll forever be an absolute legend to everyone at the Club.

£500 or more

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DUGOUT SPONSOR

Pledge £500 today and sponsor one of our brand new dugouts at Top Field stadium. Fixed to the back of the structure, this prominent advertising spot directly faces a large % of our watching attendance and will be in place for three years. First come, first served to bag the home dugout.

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