Plymouth Argyle is excited to announce the launch of an innovative crowdfunding campaign in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
As a values-led club at the heart of the Devon and Cornwall community, we are aware of the devastating economic impact that COVID-19 will have on the region, and our responsibility to play our part in contributing to a community response.
While the club is, as our Chairman Simon Hallett indicated earlier this week, relatively secure at the moment during these unprecedented times, we know that many small and medium sized businesses will be feeling the strain from the pandemic.
We are eager to ensure that no supplier or partner fails to make ends meet because there is no football in the short-term, and that Argyle has sufficient resources to meet all our obligations in a timely way. We are also grateful for the many offers of help we have received from members of the Green Army.
As a result, we have taken the decision to bring forward the availability of a number of ticket packages, sponsorship opportunities and VIP experiences from our upcoming 2020/21 season to ensure that we have the cashflow to fund our contracts with suppliers and stakeholders.
Included in the vast range of options are naming rights for Home Park’s Barn Park End, as well as the Family Stand and the Captain’s Lounge. Director experiences, at both home and away fixtures, are also available, as well as a number of hospitality packages and match tickets.
We are aware, of course, that the current situation stretches beyond football, and into the wider community as a whole. Beloved members of our NHS continue to work above and beyond to protect our families and save lives, and the club would like to offer them a gesture of our gratitude.
For every £100 raised in our crowdfunding campaign, we will donate one match ticket for the 2020/21 season to NHS staff from Devon and Cornwall.
On the launch of the crowdfunding campaign, Chief Executive Officer Andrew Parkinson said: “The current pandemic stretches way beyond the football industry. However, the club feels a very real sense of responsibility to do everything it can to support our stakeholders – many of them members of the Green Army themselves.”
“It is not enough for us to simply sit tight and hope that it all blows over. By moving forward a number of package opportunities for next season, we are able to ensure cashflow in the short term, as well as give a little back to the NHS heroes who are working to keep us all safe and healthy.”