Month: May 2020

UPDATE | Glovers fans smash £25k Crowdfunder target

Thanks to a monumental effort by fans, the club’s Crowdfunder has now passed the initial £25,000 target and hopes are high that it will exceed the £30,000 mark before the scheme closes in 13 days.

The £25,000 target was exceeded late last night when the Glovers Trust added in the £5,000 they had collected via their separate Crowdfunder exercise. This means that next season the away stand will be named “The Martin Baker – Glovers Trust Terrace”.

Commenting on the phenomenal fans support club Chairman Scott Priestnall said; “This support is truly humbling – to have such backing in these difficult times is really incredible and speaks volumes for the character for the club’s supporters and their affinity for Yeovil Town FC. To break the £25k mark is brilliant news not only for the club but also for the Yeovil Hospital Charity who will get 10% of the final total raised, which is currently over £2,700 and counting. 

“In addition to this and the NHS bundles that have been purchased, I will be giving a further 100 tickets to our home games next season to Yeovil Hospital Charity to distribute to NHS staff as a small token of our thanks for their extraordinary efforts in the community.”

Scott also commented on differencing ways fans have contributed when he said; “Many individual fans have been digging deep to help out, but in addition some fans have been arranging larger contributions via competitions they have set up and many of the Supporters Alliance Groups making significant contributions informally via their members.

“I understand groups like the Disabled Supporters Association and Green and White Supporters Club used this method of contributing whilst the Glovers Trust raised an impressive £5k via their parallel Crowdfunder which means that next season the away end will be partly named in honour of Martin Baker – a fitting tribute to someone who did so much to for the club over the years.

“All this support combined with strong backing for the Crowdfunder from the Green Army YTFC Supports page and Ciderspace Facebook and twitter pages has been outstanding – there could be no better example of the club motto Achieve by Unity being enacted. To everyone who has contributed I thank you on behalf of our club – your immense support will not be forgotten”.

Commenting on the incredible response, Supporters Alliance Chairman Rich Rendell said; It is a fantastic response from the Yeovil Town Fans to reach the £25k. All Supporters groups and Fans have come together to achieve this sum of money for the Club and the NHS. We are getting back to becoming a family Club again.”

Rich’s comments were echoed by Glovers Trust Chairman Stuart Burrell, who said; “To reach the Trust donation target with over a week to spare, and to see the Club smash it’s goal with two weeks remaining is incredible, and really highlights the fantastic support that both campaigns have received to date. We are so grateful to those who have backed the Crowdfunder and are pleased to be able to offer support to the Club during such uncertain times. It will also be fantastic to see the sponsorship tribute to Martin Baker when it is safe to get back to business!”

Reflecting on the fact that the ever increasing total means a bigger donation to the Yeovil Hospital Charity, Sarah Cherry commenting on behalf of YHC said; “The community spirit from this town has been phenomenal during this period and to be supported by our local football club is fantastic. We are so grateful to all of Yeovil Town Football Clubs fantastic supporters, who have now raised £2700 for our hospital! This money will enable us to make such a difference for our staff. To also receive an incredible number of football tickets to share with the staff is just brilliant. This will enable us to continue to boost morale during this challenging period. Thank you to each and every one of you who has made this possible”.

Notes:

As of earlier today 305 people or organisations had contributed just over £27,973. Fans can still either buy special packages for next season (which start at £25) or donate any sum. Contributions can be made anonymously if desired.

The club Crowdfunder page can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/yeoviltown

NB The club’s current situation in respect of the playoffs, club operations and ticketing all remain as detailed in the club statement of May 4th which can be found here: https://www.ytfc.net/news/2020/may/statement–an-update-on-club-matter/

The club will be issuing a sperate comment in due course regarding its retained list of players and decision on Academy Scholar contracts.

UPDATE | Crowdfunder tops £20,000 thanks to fantastic fans

Thanks to an incredible effort by Yeovil fans, the club Crowdfunder has now topped an amazing £20,000, just 12 days after launching.

Both individual fans and organised fan groups have responded in magnificent fashion to support the scheme, which allows fans to buy special packages for next season or just donate to the club if they wish. 10% of all monies raised goes to the Yeovil Hospital Charity.

Club Chairman Scott Priestnall was both quick to praise and optimistic that the £25k target will be exceeded by some way. Scott said; “It is unbelievable to see such a response and I would like to thank all our magnificent fans. Whether they have contributed individually, or via the Chairpersons of their groups such as the Green and White Supporters Club and Disabled Supporters Association or via the Glovers Trust’s separate Crowdfunder the response has been amazing.

“Such support when people’s own income is challenged is heart-warming and I can both promise that this generous support will not be forgotten and that every penny – aside from the donation to the Yeovil Hospital Charity – will go into improving the club’s cash flow over the summer.

“We have put £100,000’s into the club since the sale completed in the autumn and with an expected difficult financial year ahead and with it further required investment, it is very reassuring to see that when the chips are down, our magnificent fans are willing to help out”.

Looking to the future of the Crowdfunder Scott said; “It still has 16 days left to run so it looks like the original £25,000 target will be smashed – especially as I understand the Glovers Trust parallel Crowdfunder which will feed into ours is now over £3,000 too. I am very optimistic that as an when the £25k mark is reached the Crowdfunder will continue to grow as the packages fans can buy via it are either tremendous value (£75 for both a home and away shirt next season) or offer something never available before – such as the Home Director Experience”

Commenting on the outstanding fan response to the Crowdfunder so far, Supporters Alliance Chairman Rich Rendell said; “It has been a fantastic response from the YTFC Supporters. All fans are really reflecting with values of the club motto ‘Achieve by Unity’ by not only supporting the club but also the NHS via the Yeovil Hospital Charity. It has been great to see Darren Sarll and club employees chipping in too – gestures like this really do improve the bond between the club and fans”

 

Notes:

As of earlier today over 250 people had contributed just over £20,0000 with the highest contribution to date being £600 from Simon Woodland, but contributions of all amounts are welcome as although packages start at £25 fans can donate any sum (and can contribute anonymously if desired).

The club Crowdfunder page can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/yeoviltown

NB The club’s current situation in respect of the playoffs, club operations and ticketing all remain as detailed in the club statement of May 4th which can be found here: https://www.ytfc.net/news/2020/may/statement–an-update-on-club-matter/

The club will be issuing a sperate comment in due course regarding its retained list of players and decision on Academy Scholar contracts.

WIN | Signed Paddy Madden boots + a match worn Cesc Fabregas shirt

Fan favourite and promotion winning Glover, Paddy Madden has kindly donated a pair of signed boots and a match worn Cesc Fabregas shirt in aid of the club’s Crowdfunder!

To be in with a chance to win these amazing prizes, head over to the Green Army Facebook group to purchase a raffle ticket for £5.

We would like to extend our thanks to Paddy for his outsanding generosity, once a Glover, always a Glover! 

UPDATE | Chairman Hails Fans as Crowdfunder hits £10,000 in less than 4 days

The Green and White army has once again shown they are amongst the best fans in the land with the club’s Crowdfunder page hitting £10,000 less than 4 days after its launch.

As of 11am, 165 people have donated or bought packages via the page and the campaign has been boosted by donations which underline the ‘Achieve by Unity’ ethos – with good examples being from first team Manager Darren Sarll, Supporter Alliance Chairman Rich Rendell, Paul Hadlow of Green and White Supporters Club, well known club volunteer Pat Custard and YTFC COO David Mills. This highest contribution to date is £500 from Steve Keohane, but contributions of all amounts are welcome as although packages start at £25 fans can donate any sum (and can contribute anonymously if desired).

The Glovers Trust has also launched a separate Crowdfunder which aims to raise £5,000 from Trust members. This currently stands at just over £1,000 and all monies raised from this will be used to buy packages from the club’s Crowdfunder.

Commenting on the success of the club Crowdfunder project to date – Club Chairman Scott Priestnall said; “To reach £10,000 in just 4 days is amazing and a much better start than we expected. We are tremendously thankful for our fans support in this campaign – their support in these tough times will not be forgotten.

“What is even better is that 10% of all monies raised will go to the Yeovil Hospital Charity so as well as helping the club fans are helping a really good cause.”

Sarah Cherry of Yeovil Hospital Charity said; “Thank you so much to Yeovil Town Football Club for supporting Yeovil Hospital Charity via their crowdfunding page. To hear they have already raised £1,000 in four days for Yeovil Hospital Charity is just incredible.

“Thank you everyone who has supported Yeovil Town Football Club and enabled this amount to be raised so far. We are so grateful to the community for rallying behind Yeovil Hospital and supporting our fantastic staff at this challenging time.”

In addition to donations made, the initial response to the range of special packages on offer for next season via the Crowdfunder page has also exceeded the club’s ambitions for this early stage. Commenting Scott said; “The opportunities to be in our 2020/21 team photo sold out within 24 hours and we very much hope that some of the other options such as being my guest as a Director for the day at home and away matches will capture fans imagination to a similar degree. There are many packages available for most pockets”.

Commenting specifically on fans generosity in these tough times Scott said; “This response speaks volumes of the character of our supporters as money is tighter than normal at the moment. Since we took over the club in late September we have invested significant funds in the 100,000’s into the club so it is tremendously reassuring to see that when the club does need an extra boost from fans where needed, the Green & White army stand up to be counted. Other clubs like Notts County and Plymouth Argyle have run very similar Crowdfunder exercises recently and even at this early stage its plain to see that our version will be equally successful”

The club Crowdfunder page can be found at: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/yeoviltown

The club’s current situation in respect of the playoffs, club operations and ticketing all remain as detailed in the club statement of May 4th which can be found here:

https://www.ytfc.net/news/2020/may/statement–an-update-on-club-matter/

UPDATE | Club launches Crowdfunder campaign

Yeovil Town FC is delighted to announce the launch of a Crowdfunder page, which in part will also benefit NHS workers and the Yeovil Hospital Charity.

The page which can be found here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/yeoviltown  is a direct response to recent social media comments where fans were seeking ways to contribute to YTFC. The Crowdfunder page will allow supporters to help the club with donations as well as selling packages for next season.  10% of all monies raised will be donated to the Yeovil Hospital Charity and there are options to donate tickets to NHS workers for next season.

Commenting Club Chairman Scott Priestnall said; 

“After the coronavirus pandemic prompted the suspension of our season, we had loads of messages from supporters who wanted to know how they could help us through this tough, uncertain time.

“While we are working towards securing the financial stability of the club in these difficult times and are confident in doing so, we appreciate this generous sentiment of our fans and have therefore decided to make several packages and experiences available to ‘pre-order’. The money raised will, of course, assist with our cash flow at a time when most of our income streams have vanished.

“Also we are aware that we’re not the only organisation facing tough times and have therefore teamed up with Yeovil Hospital Charity to ensure 10% of all monies raised goes towards helping them continue to provide their services, which have never been more crucial”.

First team Manager, Darren Sarll, who is currently on furlough, underlined the Crowdfunder’s potential value to success on the pitch. Darren said;

“As soon as it is safe to do so the lads are keen to get back on the pitch and finish what we started. We are up for the challenge and had built some real momentum backed by outstanding fan support and in our last game at Dover we gave one our best performances of the season when we were fit, strong and aggressive on and off the ball.

“Irrespective of whether our next game is in the playoffs or next season, cashflow over the summer is key as what you see on the pitch depends massively to the infrastructure off it and that infrastructure needs money. Less money equals the real possibility of some off-field infrastructure being permanently cut back. I am very aware that money is tight for many of us now, but anyone who contributes to the Crowdfunder will be helping us continue to ‘Achieve By Unity’ and making us hearing those fantastic renditions of Allez, Allez much more likely next time we play”.

 

The project also has the backing of Rich Rendell the Chairman of the Supporters Alliance, Rich said; “Not only as Chairman of the YTFC Supporters Alliance and GWSC, but as a supporter of our club. I fully back the Crowdfunder concept. It’s a way of bringing all supporters together and helping our club, please support it”.

Commenting on recent social media speculation about fans wanting to buy shares in the club,  Scott said; “I have stated previously that I would consider a new unified fan shareholding and in normal times I would be all for this idea. However, those proposing the concept now would need to be confident of raising a significant sum – in the £100,000’s. If they do not think they can raise those funds over the next four weeks then there is a very significant risk of diverting funds away from the Crowdfunder project which is aimed to aid cashflow when we need it –  now, not several months down the road. 

“I have committed to Rich Rendell and Stuart Burell that over the next few months and before the new season starts we will pick up these discussions.  The priority at present is the crowdfunder project and donation of tickets.  This club will never forget those supporters who stick by their football club in these difficult times.  Please continue to ensure you and your families remain safe.”

Meanwhile Chief Operating Officer David Mills, who is also on furlough, revealed that another idea being floated on social media – fans raising ringfenced money for pitch Improvements was unnecessary as much had been done on this subject in the run up to lockdown. David said;Prior to the pandemic we were investigating funding options for this and following discussions with Yeovil Town Women FC we wrote (with the Women’s team support) to South Somerset District Council requesting grant funding for pitch improvements which in part would enable Yeovil Town Women to play their home fixtures at Huish Park next season.

“We were also actively pursuing other potential pitch improvement funding so any ringfenced fundraising from fans now is probably not the best use of resources and the ring fencing clearly blocks the funds from meeting the club’s biggest current need – maximising cashflow now.

“The Crowdfunder idea however gives any fans who can afford to the chance to immediately help the club, as well as supporting NHS Workers and the Yeovil Hospital Charity. We are in challenging times and many people are not in a financial position to contribute to the Crowdfunder, but anyone who can will be massively helping the club and we thank them for it”.

Finally, fans potential concerns about where the Crowdfunder monies would go were eased by Chairman Scott Priestnall when he urged fans to back the project and gave this guarantee “I can guarantee all the money raised from the Crowdfunder will  go to help pay the running costs of club apart from the donations to the NHS workers and the Yeovil Hospital Charity, so please support it as you will be helping us continue to rebuild this great club on and off the pitch.”

NB The club’s current situation in respect of the playoffs, club operations and ticketing all remain as detailed in the club statement of May 4th which can be found HERE

We are currently investigating an error regarding accessing the crowdfunder link. We will issue a further update once fans are able to access. 

 

STATEMENT | An update on club matters

The club would like to place on record its thanks to the Green and White army for their support during these unusual times. We would also like to salute the work being done by everyone in the NHS and the many different types of key workers outside the NHS who are working so hard for us all.

We thought it would be helpful to issue this general update to answer fans recent queries as follows:

Playoffs

Although it has been decided that the regular season of games will not be played, the club believes strongly that when it is safe to do so the National League playoffs should be completed. The National League’s playoff structure requires just 5 games to be played over a 12-day period and Yeovil Town FC, like most other clubs in the playoff places, remains committed to completing the playoffs when it is safe to do so, even if this means them being played at over a week at some point in the summer.

Summary of current club operations

All of the club’s players and the vast majority of staff are currently on furlough, but in addition to our media volunteer, some elements of our Academy and Community Trust operations continue. Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust is doing some great work in engaging with our community during this lockdown period and some Academy staff are busy ensuring that key areas such as welfare are covered.

Crowdfunding

Following recent social media comments where fans were seeking ways to contribute to YTFC, the club can confirm it is in the process of creating a crowdfunder page that will allow supporters help the club with donations as well as selling packages for next season.  With this we will be donating 10% of all monies to local charities as well as donating tickets to NHS and key workers for next season.

The club is delighted to have the backing of Rich Rendell the Chairman of the Supporters Alliance in this Crowdfunding venture, Rich said “Not only as Chairman of the YTFC Supporters Alliance and GWSC, but as a Supporter of our club. I fully back the Crowdfunding concept. It’s a way of bringing all supporters together and helping the club, please support it”.

Ticketing

The club is aware that as and when the ticket office does reopen at a future date, fans will have questions about season tickets, ticket bundles and tickets already purchased for the regular season games that will now not occur. We know from monitoring social media that some fans see the unused tickets etc as donations to the club – something we are very grateful for, but some fans would like to have other options, including potential refunds.  Can we ask those supporters who would like to donate their tickets, bundles and remaining season tickets to email info@ytfc.net with Donate in the subject box stating they wish to donate their tickets.  All those supporters who donate tickets to the club will be invited to a special thank you event at the club with players, management and directors when it is safe to do so. Those wanting a refund can email  ticketoffice@ytfc.net and we will deal with this request, giving timescales on when the club is capable of issuing refunds, when the ticket office reopens following government guidelines that it’s safe to reopen businesses.  Please understand that like all businesses at present, the club’s finances are being stretched just to keep us safe month to month. 

We are aware that some fans have queried why the 2020/21 season tickets have not already been put on sale to generate cash flow for the club. The reasons for this are simply, at this time we cannot be certain when next season will start or which division we will be in.  Fans can still help through the crowdfunder site when launched or either make purchases from the online club shop at http://www.ytfc-shop.co.uk/

In Summary – thank you!

The club will not forget the backing it has had from fans – or indeed the support we have all had from key workers. When football returns, we will be finding ways to thank all of these groups for their efforts/support as well as remembering those associated with the club who have sadly passed away over the last few weeks.

We hope everyone reading this update and all of their families stay safe and well. We urge you all to protect the NHS by staying at home as doing this will not only help save lives, but will also help us all get back to normality as quickly as possible.