EmpowerHer-Shaping Community Thru Women's Football

by Ranko Davidov in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

EmpowerHer-Shaping Community Thru Women's Football

Total raised £2,446

£7,260 target 24 days left
33% 43 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 20th June 2024 at 7:00am

The EmpowerHer initiative aims to establish a vibrant and inclusive women's football team within the local community.

by Ranko Davidov in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Who are we?

Barnes Football Club (est.1862 by Ebenezer Cobb Morley, first FA Secretary) is a founding member of the FA and first ever FA Cup participant. After thirty years of dormant status, we re-established the old football club in 2021 and successfully completed our first crowdfunding for that cause. Since then, our main achievements were the following:

  • Grassroots Club of the Year 2023 by Surrey FA
  • 1-Star Accredited Football Club Badge
  • Free Football for Youth Project for supporting vulnerable families
  • Regular community events and local presence
  • Opened a club house in summer 2022
  • Secured mid table in our last two seasons within Step 8 of English men adult football
  • Successfully run in average three youth mixed teams of different age groups

Why are we crowdfunding?

The EmpowerHer initiative aims to establish a vibrant and inclusive women's football team within the local community. This project not only addresses the growing demand for women's football but also serves as a catalyst for community recovery post-pandemic. By providing opportunities for women of all backgrounds to engage in sports, we aim to foster a sense of unity, resilience, and empowerment within the community. 

There are a lack of women's adult football teams in Barnes and surrounding districts and we have listened feedbacks from our community in the past two years seeking for modern grassroots women's football team with the right facilities and standard for playing counties level of competition. As a non-for-profit organization run by volunteers, and in the period of expensive rentals in central London and increased running costs, we have a lack of funds to cover all aspects of the project - we need a support from the community to run Barnes FC Dames on a sustainable grounds!

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How we’ll spend the money raised

Our remaining budgeted costs for adult women's team for season 2024/25, after deduction for expected player subscriptions that will be used for financing annual rent for training pitches, are £7,260. This amount covers the following costs: annual pitch rentals for home league, cup and friendly matches (50%) , home and away kits and trainers (28%) and remaining 22% for administration and equipment costs (referee costs, balls and other training equipment, first aid kit, league fees, insurance, marketing costs).

Objectives:

  • To establish a sustainable women's football team that competes at local and regional levels (entry point is Tier 7 of English Women Football within South East Counties Women Football League)
  • To provide accessible and affordable football training sessions for women of all background and skill levels.
  • To promote physical and mental well-being among participants through regular exercise and team camaraderie, addressing the post-pandemic recovery.
  • To engage with local businesses, schools and universities, and community organizations to garner support and resources for the initiative.
  • To create a safe and inclusive environment where women feel empowered to pursue their passion for football.

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Project Activities:

Recruitment and Outreach:

  • Conduct outreach programs in schools, universities, community centers, and online platforms to attract women interested in football.
  • Organize informational sessions and recruitment drives to introduce the initiative to potential participants.
  • Collaborate with local sports clubs and organizations to reach a wider audience.

Training Sessions:

  • Schedule regular training sessions led by the FA qualified coaches to develop participants' football skills and fitness levels.
  • Offer specialized training programs for different skill levels and backgrounds to ensure inclusivity.
  • Emphasize the importance of teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship during training sessions.

Community Engagement:

  • Organize friendly matches and tournaments to showcase the team's progress and foster community involvement.
  • Collaborate with local businesses to sponsor team kits, equipment, and venue rentals.
  • Partner with schools and universities to introduce football as part of their physical education curriculum and extracurricular activities.

Promotion and Awareness:

  • Launch social media campaigns and community events to raise awareness about women's football and the EmpowerHer initiative.
  • Share success stories and testimonials from participants to inspire others to join the team.
  • Utilize local media outlets to publicize the initiative and its impact on the community.

Post-Pandemic Recovery Focus:

According to the UK Household Longitudinal Survey, women’s mental health deteriorated almost twice as much as men’s during the lockdown, due to difference in caring responsibilities and social tendencies. There is also a lack of physical activity, time dedicated to social events, and unfortunately economic impact in post-pandemic period. Our actions will be to offer healthy sporting activities, clubhouse socials and community events, safety and sense of belonging, and to identify the need for extra support:

  • Offer support and resources to help participants cope with the lingering effects of the pandemic, including mental health services
  • Organize community events focused on rebuilding social connections and resilience through sports.
  • Collaborate with local health authorities to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines during all activities.
  • Provide all safeguarding measures in line with the club’s welfare and safeguarding policy for adults and youth, adopted in accordance with the FA Safeguarding Guidelines.

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Evaluation:

  • Monitor participation rates and retention levels to assess the initiative's impact on women's involvement in football.
  • Conduct surveys and feedback sessions to gather input from participants and stakeholders for continuous improvement.
  • Track the team's performance in local leagues and tournaments to measure progress and success.
  • Assess the initiative's contribution to community recovery by analyzing its social, economic, and health-related outcomes.

Women's Team Entry Point and Facilities

Barnes FC Dames will play South East Counties Women's Football League, Surrey Division 1 which is 7th tier of Women English league system and one tier away from Women's FA Cup.

Trainings and matches will be played at Quintin Hogg River Pitches, a FIFA approved 3G pitch with floodlights and score board, 500 capacity (80 seaters), new changing rooms, hospitality area. These facilities satisfy not just current league requirements, but couple of upper leagues demands. 

Interested women players can already sign up on our club's website, trials will be held in June and July 2024 - dates to be announced soon!

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Conclusion: 

The EmpowerHer Initiative strives to create a lasting legacy of empowerment, inclusivity, and community resilience through women's football. By harnessing the collective enthusiasm and energy of participants, supporters, and partners, we aim to build a stronger, healthier, and more cohesive community for generations to come. Football is more than just a game—it's a platform for empowerment, teamwork, and personal growth.

By joining our fundraising campaign, you're not just contributing to the creation of a football team; you're investing in the empowerment of women. You're providing opportunities for athletes to develop their skills, build confidence, and foster lifelong friendships. You're breaking down barriers and paving the way for a more inclusive sporting community.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a difference. It's not just about the funds; it's about the belief that together, we can make a profound impact. 

So, will you join us? Will you stand with us as we embark on this exhilarating adventure? Together, let's champion women's football and create a legacy that transcends the boundaries of the pitch. Together, let's empower women to write their own stories of triumph and resilience.

Thank you for believing in the power of sport and the potential of women. Together, we can kick off a new era of equality and opportunity in football in Barnes and surrounding districts!

Let's make history, one goal at a time! Come on you Barnes!

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How you can play your part

There are four 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!

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

Club's website: www.barnesfootballclub.co.uk

Match videos and facilities: https://www.youtube.com/@barnesfc

Rewards

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

£25 or more

Individual Membership 24/25

Default price: GBP 30. Free season ticket and reserved seat for all home matches Involvement in club activities Participation in Annual General Meeting Club's weekly newsletter and programme 20% off all merchandise in the club's online shop and on match days Free access to the club's social and community events Access to the clubhouse

£5 or more

Donation

Unconditional support to our initiative - BIG THANK YOU!

£10 or more

Barnes FC Pin Badge

The club's pin badge and thank you mentioning your name on our social network accounts!

£10 or more

Club Pennant

Add our club pennant to your collection!

£10 or more

20% off any Hair Salon Services at Bottega

20% off for any service at Bottega Hair Salon, 49 White Hart Lane, SW13 0PP. New Italian Hair Salon in Barnes - check it out!!

£15 or more

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Home or Away 23/24 Adult Jersey

Proudly wear current season's home or away jersey! Retail price: £35.

£15 or more

Tea / Coffee Mug with Barnes FC logo

Nothing like a hot tea / coffee on a reserved seat cheering your beloved team!

£15 or more

Club Scarf

Add our royal blue/white Scarf to your collection while cheering your favorite team!

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

ASKA Maternity Movement Bracelet

ASKA Maternity Movement Bracelet is an emotional and purposeful way to monitor your baby's movement during pregnancy. Stylish and easy to wear, the bracelet is a perfect companion during your pregnancy and beyond. RRP: £30-36 www.askamaternitymovementbracelet.com

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

50% off Junior Course Voucher at Sheen Sports

50% off Junior Course Voucher at Sheen Sports and Fitness Centre - value of discount of £40+

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Two tickets for any 99 Comedy Club Show

Have a memorable night with your beloved in one of the best London camedy show venues at 99 Comedy Club (Leicester Square). RRP for two tickets: £40 https://www.99clubcomedy.com

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£60 OSO Theatre on Barnes Pond Membership

Enjoy discounted membership at OSO Theatre at Barnes Pond for just £40 annual fee. Benefits include: 10% or more for the member and her / his guests; Invitation to members' events (free of charge); Members-only newsletter; Prior notice of tickets availability; Flexible credits if you are unable to attend the show! RRP: £60 p.a. https://www.osoarts.org.uk/memberships

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Diamond Signature Treatment & Blowdry by Bottega

£75 worth of Diamond Signature Treatment & Blowdry by Bottega Hair Salon, 49 White Hart Lane, SW13 0PP. New Italian Hair Salon in Barnes - check it out!!

£45 or more

Corporate Membership 24/25

Default price: GBP 50. 2 x season tickets with reserved seat for all home matches for any two representatives of the company Involvement in club activities Participation in Annual General Meeting Club's weekly newsletter and programme 20% off all merchandise in the club's online shop and on match days Free access to the club's social and community events Access to the clubhouse

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Two-Course Dinner for 2 at Fulham Kitchen

At the heart of Fulham in Munster Road, Barnes FC general sponsor Fulham Kitchen offers a dinner for two with free drink of your choice! Enjoy Meditteranean food and a good music and excellent hospitality!

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£80 Voucher by Arta Beauty Clinic

Arta Beauty Clinic at 16 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1JP offer a comprehensive list of beauty services such as: haircut or blow dry, hydra facial, chemical peel, laser hair removal, threading or nails paint treatment, massage. Treat yourself and achieve a radiant look! https://artabeautyclinic.com

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£80 Voucher for Dinner at Bosa Kitchen

A Lebanese restaurant that’s making waves in the heart of Southfields and Putney, Bosa Kitchen is a family-run joint that’s bringing traditional middle eastern cuisine to the forefront. Enjoy a dinner for two and taste a range of perfectly cooked food - honest food how they say! https://bosakitchen.co.uk

£80 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Family Indoor Drive for 4 by Absolutely Karting

Amazing Indoor Karting Facility in Maidenhead offered by Absolutely Karting for a family of 4. Absolutely Karting is a charitable organization that aims to put smiles on the faces of families who have children and young adults with additional needs. RRP: £120 https://absolutely-karting.co.uk/

£90 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Four Balls at Little Hay Golf Club in Bovington

Have a perfect day with your friends (four) with 18 Hole playing any day of the week (including weekends) at prestigious Little Hay Golf Club in Bovington! RRP: £132 https://littlehaygolf.co.uk

£400 or more

General Sponsorship 24/25

Make your company a supporter of a good community cause! Company name and logo on the club's website home page; Monthly promotion on social media channels and newsletters; Promotion on the community events; Free corporate membership

£700 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Match Day Sponsor 24/25

Company's logo on all pre and post match posts; Weekly newsletter placement of company's logo as main contributor; Company name and logo on the club's website home page; Weekly promotion on social media channels; Promotion on the community events; Free corporate membership

£800 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Shorts Sponsor 24/25

Sponsor name on the home and away shorts; Company name and logo on the club's website home page; Weekly promotion on social media; Weekly newsletter promotions; Promotion on the community events; Free corporate membership

£900 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Back Shirt Sponsor 24/25

Sponsor name on the home and away jerseys (back shirt sponsor); Free Press release; Company name and logo on the club's website home page; Weekly promotion on social media; Weekly newsletter promotions; Promotion on the community events; Free corporate membership

£3,000 or more

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Home Ground Sponsor 24/25

Sponsor our all home league, cup and friendly matches in 3G facility in Chiswick. The package assumes: Two stadium flags at the entrance of the facility on match days; Ad banners with the company's logo on the ground fence; Hospitality package on match days; Company name and logo on the club's website home page; Weekly promotion on social media channels and newsletters; Promotion on the community events; Free corporate membership

£12 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Three Pilates Classes by Clifford Studios

Enjoy a great deal for three classes of Pilates at reputable fitness company Clifford Studios (173-175 Church Rd, Barnes, SW13 9HR). https://www.cliffordstudios.co.uk

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Olympic Cinema Tickets (Two)

Select any movie at legendary Olympic Cinema in Barnes and surprise your child or partner of friend with the latest shows. RRP: £20 www.olympiccinema.com

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Food Voucher from COOK Barnes

Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals from COOK Barnes, ready to heat at home or office! RRP: £20

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Two tickets for Fulham FC Stadium Tour

Enjoy a tour on Craven Cottage for two - gesture from our neighbours to support the women's adult team campaign! RRP: £40

£90 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Osteopath Treatment by Elite Osteo London

Elite OsteopathTreatment by Barnes FC Video Sponsor Elite Osteo Central London is the most effective treatment for all your aches, pain, injuries. For 60 minutes of the treatment, you will improve your physical wellbeing and will feel like borne again! RRP: £125 https://eliteosteo.janeapp.co.uk/locations/elite-osteo-central-london/book#staff_member/5

£1,200 or more

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Front Shirt Sponsor 24/25

Sponsor name on the home and away jerseys (front); Free Press release; Company name and logo on the club's website home page; Weekly promotion on social media; Weekly newsletter promotions; Promotion on the community events; Free corporate membership

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