The 500 Club - designed to raise funds for the transfer budget in January - has almost reached 50% of its overall target.The 500 Club presents the opportunity for fans to contribute to a transfer fund to be spent on new signings – either loan or permanent – during the January transfer window, strengthening the club’s chances of success in the second half of the season.
The target is £75,000, made up of pledges of £150 from 500 supporters, each of whom have the chance to win exclusive prizes in a series of draws, which could include meet and greet opportunities, behind-the-scenes tours and signed merchandise. These contributions can be made via a direct debit of £12.50 per month, or a one-off payment.
With six weeks left until the transfer window opens, the scheme has raised more than £34,000 from 198 contributors. Philip Buckle was the first winner from a random prize draw, earning the opportunity to deliver the matchball onto the pitch ahead of the game against Barnet at Adams Park, while Janet Newbery won a VIP meet-and-greet opportunity behind the scenes before the clash with Morecambe, and Dylan Ing received two tickets to watch England play Spain at Wembley.
Another 22 contributors would see the 500 Club achieve 50% of its target - could you play your part?
Club chairman Andrew Howard said: “To succeed in football requires passion, belief, hard work and determination, and these are all attributes the management, players and staff have in abundance.
“It also takes money, and although the club and Trust have made great strides, we still have debt, and like any football club, we will always require investment. We have pushed our budget to the limit this season in the real hope and belief that we can, and will, achieve great things, and that has to remain our primary focus.
“We have entered the 2016/17 campaign stronger financially than we have at any point under fan ownership, and while the survival and sustainability of the club is our number one priority, we want to give the management staff the best possible chance of moving us forward on the pitch, and that means widening the funds they have available to spend on players. In short, the bigger the budget, the better our chances of success.”
The 500 Club is an initiative devised and implemented by the club, Trust and Fans Council in unison, and each member will receive a beautifully presented limited edition squad signed photograph, together with an invitation to an exclusive end of season event with the players.
Fans can sign up to the 500 Club in one of two ways, either by monthly direct debit or as a one off payment. Full details are available on the 500 Club website: http://www.500wanderers.co.uk