Thornbury Town launches crowdfunding campaign
A CROWDFUNDING campaign has been launched by Thornbury Town to help recover from the blow caused by the coronavirus lockdown
The football club is aiming to raise £10,000 with an appeal via website Crowdfunder.co.uk and is asking anyone who can help with a contribution, however small, to donate.
Launching the appeal on the club's website, chairman Pete Webber said: "As you may already be aware, our Club is being financially hit hard by the effects of the Covid-19 virus.
"The early finish to the season meant our lucrative 6-a-side tournament was cancelled, our senior race night was cancelled and revenue for seven first team matches was lost.
"Going forward, junior membership subscriptions have been reduced to compensate for last season's abrupt finish but, inevitably, sponsorship money for kit and boards will be decimated.
"It is anticipated this will cost the club in the region of £10,000.
"In addition to this, with the season starting in September, social distancing will mean less spectators and diminished bar takings at first team games.
"We are intending to add a new stand and reposition the existing one to significantly improve the matchday experience for all of our supporters.
"This will also clear the way for our Club to attain a higher level if we were to finish in a promotion position.
"We would like to think we are a club the town is proud of and we are always striving to improve our standing within the community.
"With all this in mind, the Club has set up a Crowdfunding site to recover the shortfall. Any amount raised will be matched by Sport England, up to the value of the first £5,000 raised. Other clubs in the area have taken advantage of this offer.
"Any contribution however large or small would be very much appreciated."
The crowdfunding page can be found here and has already raised more than £1,000. It will remain open until October 8.
The senior and junior squads have recommenced training, in line with Government and FA guidelines, and some of the sides have started pre-season friendlies, with no spectators present.
The first team's first home league game will be against Hereford Lads Club at 7.45pm on Tuesday September 15, followed by a trip to Abingdon Town in the 1st qualifying round of the FA Vase on September 19. If they win, they will be at home to either Abingdon United or Shortwood United.
Unfortunately there will be no chance of FA Cup glory this season, as places in the competition were oversubscribed and Town were unsuccessful in the ballot for one of them.
Manager Jason Rees has managed to strengthen his team with a number of new signings, and is hopeful that the team will be among the frontrunners. Meanwhile, the reserves' young squad had won both of their pre-season friendlies before the Voice went to press, as they prepare for an assault on Bristol & District League Division 1.
The newly-formed U18 side has been accepted into the Bristol U18 Combination and the Club hope to make an announcement about the new management team shortly.
The committee, especially Brian Lansdown, have been busy trying to make sure the club has all the proper risk assessments and procedures in place for the restart of competitive football, sometime in September. A lot of work has been done to ensure all players, officials and spectators are kept safe at games at the Mundy Fields.