Abertillery Bluebirds - Make our home your home

by Abertillery Bluebirds in Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent, United Kingdom

We did it
On 26th January 2024 we successfully raised £10,210 with 115 supporters in 76 days

To provide the community with improved spectator facilities at Cwm Nant y Groes, increase revenue and reduce our carbon footprint.

by Abertillery Bluebirds in Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

We would like to improve the kitchen facilities at our ground. We have a very small catering area which limits how much hot and cold food we can sell on match days and for private events. If we could expand this kitchen area it would allow us to offer a far better selection of hot and cold refreshments, generating additional income for the club but again improving our spectators experience.

Away from football the additional catering facilities would make the venue more viable for parties, group meetings , coffee mornings and many other opportunities.

As a not-for-profit organisation, all monies raised are reinvested back into the club.

Who are we?

Founded in 1989, we provide football to the communities of Six Bells and Abertillery for all age groups from under 6s through to senior football. We currently have around 200 registered players throughout these age groups but aside from this we have many non playing members and supporters, making us one of the best followed teams in the region. 

We consider ourselves to be a club that the community can be proud of, bringing people together, whilst improving physical and mental wellbeing.



Community impact

The local community is at the forefront of what we do. We want to provide association football for as many people as possible, whilst providing facilities that give the community an opportunity to enjoy a high standard of football in comfort. 

Our support is exceptional with attendances as high as 500 in recent seasons and our average attendance approximately 200. With an ever increasing cost of living, we want to continue to provide affordable entertainment on the doorstep of the community.

Away from the football, our facilities are used by multiple other groups, including:

> Running Clubs

> Childcare Groups

> Family Fundays



> Time2Talk

>Children's Parties

> Welsh fell runners

> Primary school sports days

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Our home ground, Cwm Nant-y-Groes, is the heart of our club and the community. Unfortunately we were forced to move away from the ground eight years ago, mainly due to the ground not being at the required standard to allow the club to progress. This was an extremely difficult decision but one we had no option but to do. Thankfully, through the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, we were able to move back to Cwm Nant-y-Groes three seasons ago by raising the standard of the facility to meet the requirements of our league.

We are always looking to improve both on and off the field, but in order for the club to continue progressing, we need to continue to improve our home. We now want to make the ground more comfortable for spectators and visiting teams but also make sustainability improvements to eventually operate at net zero (no carbon footprint).




How we’ll spend the money raised

The ground has many projects that we want to undertake but the three most significant ones are:

> Upgrading the seating from 100 covered seats to 250.

> Replacing our existing home and away dugouts.

> Install water tanks to harvest rainwater.


We currently have 100 covered seats at the ground but this is now proving to be inadequate due to recent success on the field and our active role within the community. Its important for our spectators to know that if they are coming to a game then they can watch in a comfortable setting. Some of our current seats do have a restricted view due to the design of our old stand, but an additional stand would offer unrestricted views of our fantastic ground. Away from the spectators needs, the increase in seating would allow the club to play Tier 2 football in wales consistently where 250 seats are the minimum required after your first season at the level.

The increase in seating would also have a significant financial benefit to the club, as it would encourage spectators to stay at the facility for longer (spending more money at the club) and allow us to increase sponsorship opportunities.


Our existing dugouts are old and damaged. One of our dugouts was recently damaged in a storm and whilst they are safe, over time the need to change them will become compulsory. 

It is a minimum requirement to be able to sit 8 people within each dugout, something we can do but the space in them is very tight and the roof is also very low. Any expansion to dugouts need to consider 13 seats available which would again give us the opportunity to meet Tier 2 criteria every year and providing comfort for our visiting teams coaches and players.

Renewable Water Source

Environmental sustainability will be at the forefront of the clubs minds over the coming years. We want to have a positive impact by reducing our carbon footprint. Some ways we are doing this include but not limited to, encouraging our players to travel to games in groups rather than individually, collecting rain water at our ground to maintain the pitch rather than use running water, recycling and plans to install solar panels. 

We want to take the next step on this by installing two large water tanks that will collect rain water throughput the year and allow us to then use this water to maintain the ground during summer months. We are currently on a water meter so the costs of doing this are significant but, the environmental impact overrides any financial impact. By harvesting rain water, it will stop us drawing from an already overused water system and reduce the demand on Dwr Cymru Welsh Water's network during long, dry periods.


How you can play your part

There are three simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£30 or more

47 of 150 claimed

Sponsor a Seat

Have your name permanently engraved on a seat in the new stand and our sponsors board. Help us achieve our dream of improved facilities for our supporters.

£10 or more


A £10 donation will ensure your name is permanently on display at Cwm Nant y Groes on our donation display

£50 or more

8 of 14 claimed

Match Ball Sponsorship

Sponsor a match ball at one of our home games this season. Have you name or company logo advertised with the game on social media, an advert within our match day programme and thanked during our pre-match announcements.

£125 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Season ticket and Club Polo Shirt

Entry to all home games, a club polo shirt and your name engraved on the wall of donations.

£150 or more


Have your company displayed on our website and social media platforms. Our website generates over 20,000 hits per year and we have very active social media platforms so an excellent way to promote your business. We encourage our members to use our sponsors businesses where possible.

£200 or more

1 of 14 claimed

Match Day Sponsor

Sponsor a game of your choice and receive the following: Free entry for 5 people. Free bar from 1pm until 6pm. Programme advert. Social Media advert.

£250 or more

Pitchside Advertising

Display your company on one of our pitch side advertising boards Social Media advertising. Match day programme advertising.

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Dugout Sponsorship

Display your company logo & brand over one of our new dugouts for 2 years. Social Media advertising. Match day programme advertising.

£1,500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Stand Naming Rights

Name our new stand with your company, displaying your logo & branding in multiple locations (1 year agreement). Programme advert. Social Media promotion throughout the season.

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