Crowborough Athletic Crowd Funding Project

by Ross Levitt in Crowborough, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th July 2020 we successfully raised £5,275 with 59 supporters in 28 days

The survival and future of a Community Football Club which has been in the local community for 125 years.

by Ross Levitt in Crowborough, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Pitch renovations, clubhouse and stadium improvements. The next pressing project is to replace the stadium floodlights. Any additional money raised would be used to start a new funding project for that work.


Dear friends of Crowborough Athletic Football club,

We don’t need to tell you that we are living in unprecedented times. The effects of the corona-virus pandemic have clearly reached far and wide in all aspects of life. Of course, our thoughts are first and foremost with all those that have been affected and impacted by this awful virus. We hope that all our well-wishers, players, members, volunteers, supporters and committee members remain safe and healthy.

Here's the situation...

Crowborough Athletic Football Club has provided football to the local community since 1894. While our team of volunteers works tirelessly to keep the club running on a shoestring budget, we certainly aren't immune from the knock-on effects of the virus and unfortunately this has only exacerbated what was already a difficult time. An extended period of inclement weather (including the wettest February on record) has meant that the football club’s last home game for our First Team was on the 10th March 2020, and we’ve had no way of raising funds since. We estimate lost revenue to be in the region of £7500-£10,000, with senior games postponed, losing not only gate money but revenue from things like programmes, burgers, merchandise and bar sales. There's no clear date as to when football at Step 5 will return...

Why we need your help...

While money had been set aside to maintain the pitch inside the stadium, our concerns have now turned to our Junior teams (Under 6 to Under 18) and the problems with the junior pitches outside the stadium. Crowborough Athletic provide football to around 200 children in the area and our target is to get those children back out on a training pitch, in the fresh air, with their friends and at the club, where we have access to all the necessary facilities. Unfortunately, the outside pitches at Alderbrook are in extremely poor condition, unplayable, with the Town Council unable to help at this moment in time. We have had the required work assessed and we are looking at a bill of just over £5000 to make our three pitches playable again, as they need to be scarified, Verti-drained, top-dressed, seeded and fertilised – a bag of seed on it’s own costs nearly £80 and we need at least 15 bags….

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While these pictures may show a lovely field - and it IS a lovely field - it's not a surface that's safe to play football on for young muscles and bones. It is for this reason that the Executive Committee have taken the decision to launch this crowdfunding appeal, as we simply have no other income to rely on and no date as to when football will return for the First Team. Our fundraising target is £5,000, therefore, and this would help to replace the anticipated revenues which would have been generated before the season ended. 

We understand that this is a big ask.

We are incredibly fortunate to be a well-supported community club, and from the hundreds who watch us on a Saturday, it is now you that we turn to for help at this difficult time. Any donations, large or small, would be gratefully received.

Quite simply, we need your help.

Thank you

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,000 or more

Whole Shooting Match!

A signed First Team shirt, promo board pitch-side, a season ticket for 20/21 season, and one Away Day Match experience, which includes door to door travel, entry, hospitality and hopefully 3 points!

£5 or more

Random Music

Two mystery CD's from Crowborough's local Indie/Alternative pop act.

£20 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Fabulous Brownies!

A entire uncut tray of sensational Brownies courtesy of our friends at www.countrykitchenbrownies.co.uk , sent fresh to your door.

£25 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Fish & Chips !

Fish & Chips for two at the best chippy in Crowborough, J Bennetts, on us!

£50 or more

Cakes!

Anyone donating £50 or more will receive a box of cup cakes courtesy of www.sugarandslicecakes.co.uk , based in Crowborough, branded with the CAFC logo and on us!

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

New First Team Shirt prize draw

Anyone who can pledge this amount will be placed into a prize draw for a chance to win a signed first team shirt, when the new kit is ready for the new season.

£150 or more

First team shirt and match day ball sponsor

Chance to enter a prize draw to win a first team shirt and sponsor match day ball

£500 or more

Signed 1st Team shirt & pitch-side board

Chance to win a new signed First Team shirt and a banner pitch-side in the stadium for 2 years.

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