Hardwicke calling on community support in order to survive in wake of vandalism and Covid-19

Hardwicke A.F.C are calling on the local and footballing community to support them in raising money to survive and continue their 80+ year existence.

The Gloucestershire County League side have set up a GoFundMe page asking for help after a whole host of annual fundraising events have been cancelled due to the on-going lockdown in the UK.

On the page, created by First Team manager Lee Chivers, it reads:

“Hardwicke football club have been providing the local community with a safe and enjoyable environment to play football for over 85 years, and with growing success throughout the club for all ages we have needed to improve our facilities and the experience we offer to our members.

However this comes at a great cost of which we are normally self sufficient and rely heavily on our main fundraising events which have become legendary over the years from welcoming a team of Spurs legends to play an exhibition match against Hardwicke legends and having the likes of ex international footballers Ray Parlour, Alan Brazil, John Barnes and Neil Ruddock amongst others host sportsman’s evenings. 

Unfortunately due to covid19, like many other events, this years fundraising events had to be cancelled, along with any further income whilst football and social gatherings were cancelled due to the national lockdown.

This along with regular vandalism at our Green Lane home has left the club in serious need of additional funding to ensure that we are able to continue to provide the local community with such facilities for the next 85 years.

All donations over £50 will be automatically entered into a prize draw where the winner will receive a full page advert in the match day programme, to advertise their company or services, for all home matches for a full season. 

Thank you for reading our story, stay safe and please donate what you can.”

 

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The club are looking to raise their target of £5000 in order to ensure their survival during this period of uncertainty.

If you wish to donate to the club please follow the link below:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/hardwicke-afc

 

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