Community Appeal - Newquay AFC 'v' Covid-19

by Peter Bragg in Newquay, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th November 2020 we successfully raised £10,321 with 70 supporters in 48 days

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for Newquay AFC. We need your help to reach our target of £8000.

by Peter Bragg in Newquay, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

If we meet our initial target and can stretch this, it would be a dream to be able to start on work outside areas including parking, outdoor F&B areas to again maximise revenue and utilise all of our space whilst social distancing measures are in place and beyond and add outdoor toilet facilities.

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...

1601305233_20200917_164245.jpgChanging 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! 

Our guarantee

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.


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

£50 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Getting Recognised 'Wall of Thanks'

Great Birthday, Celebratory and Remembrance gift. Be 1 out of the only 100 available Have your name listed on our ‘Wall of Thanks” by donating £50.00 to the Club. We recognise that times are difficult for many of our supporters and any money that can be put into the Club would be an incredible gesture. We intend to thank those supporters who choose this option by forever listing their name on our “Wall of Thanks”

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner to help the club/sport you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way and help us future proof our facilities.

£10 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Half Price - Fish & Chip Voucher

Buy this voucher and get your favourite takeaway fish, chips for 2 persons. RRP - £20.00

£10 or more

Raffle – Win a season of Meal Deal

A lucky winner will be picked at the end of our campaign, receiving a food voucher that entitles the winner throughout the 2020/21 season to hot food and drink from the club canteen for each home match.

£10 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Indian Restaurant Voucher - Double your money

Pledge £10.00 to receive an Indian restaurant voucher to the value of £20.00

£20 or more

£20 Donation

Many thanks, a generous donation!

£50 or more

£50 doing well for yourself donation

Pledge £50 today and we will love you forever! You've got more money than us so hats off to you!

£80 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Signed Newquay AFC Football

You will receive a practice ball signed by the 1st team to collect from the stadium (to save us gift wrapping!).

£100 or more

£100 Roman Abramovich Donation

Keep giving donations like this and you may own your own club one day too!

£150 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Coaching session with our Director of Football

Coaching session for up to 4 people (a group of four children or four adults) at our Mount wise stadium with our director of Football Martin Burnell. Great idea for a birthday or celebration. 1Hr session RRP - £250.00

£150 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Signed Newquay Home AFC Shirt - 2020/21 season

A shirt that has been professionally framed and the buyer can be provided with confirmation of authenticity per request.

£150 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Birthday Party (12 Persons)

If your child is a football fan, then there will be no better venue for your birthday party than Newquay AFC. Parties are available for boys and girls aged 5-14 years up to a maximum of 12 participants. Includes: Signed football by first team players Supervised outdoor football session (1 hour) Birthday Cake/card Buffet/soft drinks One Newquay AFC match ticket voucher (valid for one adult and one child) Save £100.00 by pledging now!

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Want a 2-night stay (half board) in Newquay

Two nights' accommodation for two people with a delicious continental or cooked breakfast on both mornings and three course dinner on both evenings (excluding bank holidays/ August). RRP £450.00 Voucher will be posted.

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Get Cooked For - Private Dining for 6 Persons

From finer dining to family meals, Rosette Chef will deliver a deliciously memorable private dining experience in Cornwall, all from the comfort of your home or holiday accommodation. Voucher to be posted early December and used by end of 2021.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Getting Married 'complete wedding package'

From the traditional and elegant, to the informal and intimate the Sandy Lodge Hotel’s experienced staff will help make your dream wedding day come true. We work closely with you to ensure your wedding is as special and individual as you are. As part of this rewards we will also offer: • Complimentary use of Honeymoon Suite. • Complimentary Cake Stand & Knife. • Wedding Ceremony and Breakfast (25 guest max) Normally - £2500 "great price"

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