In March 2020 as with many others, our football club was hit with the news of our first lockdown and the suspension of grassroots football. Two lockdowns later and we are sadly still in a similar situation to 11 months ago with just a handful of matches played in between. Horndean Football Club prides itself on its history, character and supportive team of committee, backroom staff and players. But most importantly our team of volunteers across the whole club in different roles from coaching, maintenance, grounds people and commercial staff.
The club has some fantastic sponsors who are also possibly having a tough time, but the Club appreciates all that they do for the Club in helping with its development in every way.
All of our age groups from Under 7s through to our adult First Team were enjoying their football, all our hospitality areas were open serving players, their families, supporters and local community resident members. We had prepared to introduce matchday hospitality and had gained a number of new sponsors as well as a number of charity events, dinners and matches.
In light of this the club has several areas in need of upgrading to prepare Five Heads Park for the restart of football:
- Continue to develop the changing room areas to allow for more space, making it secure for all our adult players, youth teams and staff.
- Ensure the Referees area is adapted to accommodate referees in a safer environment and accommodate areas for female officials and the introduction of youth girls teams.
- Invest in new floodlights to a more efficient source financially and enviromentally friendly.
- Reinvest in our catering facilities to allow a secure 2m rule for supporters to enjoy the facility
- Continue to develop our Clubhouse to make secure and safe for our local residents, families and supporters to use in line with Government Co-vid guidelines
During lockdown we have formed a Commercial Committee group of volunteers that are regularly meeting via Zoom weekly and working tirelessly to develop and ideas to enable the sustainability of this fantastic club.
How we will spend the money raised ?
We want to continue our preparations for when Co-vid restrictions are relaxed allowing us to get back to some normality and welcome back our players, members, supporters, local community, volunteers and their families. We have a plan of improvements within the specific areas above and as detailed below:
- Make Horndean Football Club COVID-secure by purchasing and installing sanitizing stations
- Refurbish of the changing rooms and shower areas to accommodate areas for players and female players
- Changing to LED lighting within the ground, enabling a substantially reduced carbon footprint
- Purchase of playing equipment, including balls and bibs
- Refurbish our Referees room to allow additional changing areas for our female officials
- Replenish lost stock and revenue from Catering areas due to Covid
- Add an additional turnstile to provide another entrance to the ground in line with guidelines for the future progression and vision of the club and the safety of supporters.
- Establish groundworks for an additional hospitality area within the ground offering an additional facility for our fans and local community groups to use.
Our Reward to You
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If you choose a reward whether it be a £20 matchday package, £50 season ticket for the season 2021/2022 season or a £150 Main Match Sponsorship for you and 5 guests at a home fixture, or even donating match tickets to a local cause; your donation will give you something back in return as thank you for your support.
Your pledge will help not only Horndean Football Club, but its place in the whole community for us to develop. Pledge and feel proud YOU are one of the Crowd who will have helped our cause.
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