The game so far...
The football community is as diverse as ever with clubs battling for promotion and against relegation; trying to fill financial holes as we strive to compete in the modern football world.
Then a pandemic!!!
We have been affected over the last 7 months, like everyone else, by the Covid 19 pandemic. This meant an instant end to revenue from ticket sales and all planned fundraising was abruptly cancelled.
What this meant for our club
Since March 2020, we have lost all of our matchday revenue, gate money and bar takings. We had to cancel lucrative fundraising events including summer tournaments, our popular themed nights and successful quiz/ bingo nights.
We are also informed that it is unlikely that any of the allocated £125 million by the FA for EFL and National League Clubs will filter down to clubs such as Newquay AFC.
Match day socialising, functions, facility hire and community events normally provide the bulk of our income, all of which is used to support the continued provision of our sports and social facilities for the enjoyment of all. These types of activities are all likely to be subject to restrictions for some time to come. So we need to adapt, both our thinking and our facilities, to ensure we are able to generate sufficient funds to reinvest in our facilities moving forward. We are estimating a shortfall of at least £10,000 and we face the prospect of struggling to cover our running costs.
With pitches to maintain, players wages to pay and financial ongoing costs to be met we're asking anyone who would like to help (including past, present and future players) to donate, keeping this 120 year old football club financially stable during these difficult times. The money raised will be invested into providing facilities at the club which will generate money to keep ourselves self sufficient when things get back to normal.
What we want to do...
Due to the current pandemic, as a Committee, we not only recognise there to be a great need but also the great opportunity of creating up to date modern facilities which encourages people to visit the club 7 days a week. This is crucial in the development and sustainability of Newquay AFC.
This exciting new development will provide the local community access which will not only secure the future of the football club but give us the financial ability and income streams to compete in the higher echelons of the Football League.
SOME GREAT NEWS! - The lovely people at Sport England will match whatever you give!
In addition to what you give, Sport England will 50% match fund, so they will effectively inflate whatever we raise up to a maximum of £10k, so for example if you were to donate £50, the club would receive £75!
However, if we fail to reach our reasonable target contribution of £8,000, they can't give us anything! So it's an all or nothing offer! Like our fundraiser. All or nothing.
We have a great team with great new players coming through all the time. We want to be able to continue to support them and nurture the youth coming into the game. This not only takes peoples time but it also costs money.
We aim to update the club facilities including the bar, meeting room/players & supporters lounge, ensuring they are COVID-19 safe for everyone...
We want to give longstanding members and players, along with our future stars, a trophy and memorabilia room to be proud of...
Changing room facilities that teams actually want to get changed in and ones that ensure there is no risk of COVID-19 spreading amongst the teams/ players and staff. And when things are back to normal? A nice, clean & private place for the teams to change, shower and celebrate their win!
Match day catering!
Everybody loves a pasty and a Bovril! Right?
We will give the supporters (home and away) a canteen fit for purpose that serves food and drink to make other teams salivate in envy! You should also taste our new St Agnes Bakery Sausage rolls and Etherington's posh dogs! We can make a proper brew too!
The youth, our future...
All this will further help to achieve our goal, through Newquay AFC Youth, to give all young players the opportunity to play and progress in a safe, fun and sociable environment. Providing a positive football experience for all. Newquay AFC Youth has a growing reputation for not only producing talented footballers but more importantly, well-rounded young boys and girls of which a growing number join our first and reserve teams.
Through the positive promotion of football and community engagement, we are committed to providing opportunities for football participation and development for all people. In a safe, supportive, respectful, and positive environment regardless of age, religion, race, ability. Becoming THE hub for players, supporters and extended family and friends alike.
The people giving up their time
Our volunteers are working tirelessly day and night with some great people and local businesses to achieve this dream and we hope to thank you in advance if you can help realise it.
Aside from any reward you may obtain when pledging money, you will also get a warm, fuzzy feeling, knowing that you have contributed to maintaining this historic community asset and helping to ensure we can survive the immediate effects of this pandemic and come out prepared for whatever the future holds in what will undoubtedly be a changed world.
We have come a long way with the support and generosity of the community already linked to the club. We just need that last push to make this a really fantastic facility which will provide a place to train and meet well into the future!
Remember, no one is paid wages or expenses working on this project, so our promise to you is that every penny we gratefully receive will be carefully spent. We have been working hard to ensure our players are paid the money they work hard for and deserve and we hope we to maintain this to attract in new talent. That is why we need help completing the revenue generating facilities.
In the event that, through your generosity, we raise funds in excess of our target, we plan to ring-fence those funds for investment into the fabric of the club to continue to upgrade our facilities so that future generations can continue to enjoy the wonderful community asset that is Newquay AFC.
A massive thanks
Everyone connected with Newquay AFC thanks you in advance for your support and feel sure that our Club and our community will pull together and help us reach our target.