Help us complete our community facilities, and fix the drainage on our junior pitches - and get to own the football club!
by Wythenshawe Amateurs Football Club in Manchester, England, United Kingdom
The minimum target means we can finish the car park, container area and children's play area, but every penny we raise above that helps us do really important work which will need to be done at some stage and there's no time like the present!
We will be able to sort out the drainage on the other pitches used by junior teams in the park, as well as paying down some of the debts we've incurred to meet the ambitious timetable for construction during the off-season just passed!
We will also use additional investment to repay some of the loans we took out to complete the clubhouse extension project - the pandemic postponed the planned fundraise in March, it didn't change the fact that the close season was the only time we could do this work. We funded that with short-to-medium term loans which we can happily service, but we'd be happy paying members interest than banks!
Since being founded nearly 75 years ago Wythenshawe AFC have been providing opportunities for thousands of local people to play football. The club achieved a major milestone by opening our own facilities in September 2017 but we're not standing still!
We now want to invest funds to further improve the facilities and pitches to make Hollyhedge Park one of the best facilities for community football in Manchester.
What's the money for?
Firstly, we want to get better facilities at Hollyhedge Park. The clubhouse facility is working well but after operating for just over 3 years there are some further improvements which we’ve only been able to identify since we’ve been opened:
Secondly, we want to invest in better pitches. Our 38 teams currently play from different locations across Wythenshawe. Our ambition is for all our teams to play from one site that we can call home and if the investment was secured into Hollyhedge Park then this vision would be a step closer to becoming a reality.
We've been awarded a matched investment from the Community Shares Booster Fund, which will match whatever is invested in this share offer up to a maximum of £100,000, so every £1 this share offer raises from you will be turned into £2 for the club!
We began in 1946 and is firmly established in amateur football, fielding six senior male teams, two senior women’s teams. The senior men's team plays in North West Counties League, Division One South, whilst the senior women's team is in the North West Women's Regional League.
The Club has a fantastic community footballing infrastructure, enabling local talented players to progress through to professional clubs via relationships with clubs in the Football League. We have 30 junior teams at every level from under 19s’ to the under 5s 'mini football' for boys and girls, not to mention mixed gender walking football teams.
We are owned by our community - supporters of Wythenshawe AFC and members of the local community who share our values and ambition and who are interested in the success of the Club, who elect the Board of Directors on an equal basis.
Our club is still largely run by our volunteers and we are always looking for new people to come forward and assist!
In order to be a shareholder, investors also have to be members - if you're already a member, the minimum investment in £100, but if you're not already a member, then the minimum investment is £125 to include a payment of £25 to purchase your membership of the club. Non-members investing more than this will have the first £25 of their investment used to purchase membership of the club.
All the ins and outs of the investment are set out in the share offer document, which investors are encouraged to read alongside the club's business plan which sets out the projected financial performance in future years. Investors will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions of membership of the society, which is governed by the society's rules.
This share offer has received the Community Shares Standard Mark which verifies that the share offer meets best practice standards for investment from the public.