Lincolnshire FA is delighted to announce an official partnership with community sport organisation GiveToLocal, in an effort to help provide sustainable funding for grassroots football clubs across the county.
Founded in 2019, GiveToLocal aims to help support grassroots football clubs by helping them secure regular income from people and local businesses across their community.
With so much uncertainty around the return of grassroots football because of the impact of COVID-19, this partnership comes at a welcome time.
Across Lincolnshire, grassroots football clubs and local businesses are a key part of every local community. The partnership between the two organisations will aim to help communities through the currently challenging times. Working together, the Lincolnshire FA will assist GiveToLocal in their efforts to support clubs in the county by connecting both individuals and local businesses to their local grassroots club.
By helping to connect the two through the power of GiveToLocal’s innovative service, both have the potential to develop, thrive and grow.
This partnership will help clubs across Lincolnshire repeat what many grassroots football clubs are doing across the UK, allowing them to secure a regular, sustained level of income.
In recent months, due to the success of their service, GiveToLocal has secured support from a growing number of County Football associations – with Lincolnshire becoming the ninth County FA to enter into a formal partnership.
Lincolnshire FA Football Development Manager, Adam Thurston, said: “At this moment in time, clubs in Lincolnshire are facing unprecedented challenges. As a result, I think that clubs will be finding it challenging to raise additional funds due to the lack of both fundraising opportunities and summer tournaments. I believe that clubs will be receiving help and support through GiveToLocal that will connect them to their local communities, which will then enable them to secure financial sustainability.”
Since its inception, GiveToLocal has received the backing from a number of high profile Premier League footballers. Alongside support from legendary England striker Les Ferdinand, Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum, Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend and AFC Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson have all thrown their weight behind the organisation.
Through GiveToLocal’s user friendly application, donors and sponsors have the ability to support their local football club.
By donating as little as £3 per month, donors will then receive benefits for their support from local businesses within their community, creating a sense of shared action.
Adam added: “It’s important that grassroots clubs stay connected to both their local community and the Lincolnshire FA for updates, advice and guidance. This will ensure that they are in the best possible position to re-start football safely when the Government guidelines allow for a return. Returning to participate in grassroots football is important for a number of reasons and we’ve put measures in place to support clubs to return.
“It’s also important that clubs focus their resources on campaigns and initiatives that will support them to both return to football and ensure their financial sustainability. The need to connect clubs with their local community is massive and I believe that GiveToLocal can play a major role in this.”
And GiveToLocal’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Colin Stromsoy echoed Adam’s words regarding the exciting new partnership.
Colin said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Lincolnshire FA. They are a very progressive County FA and together with everyone at GiveToLocal, I’m looking forward to working with Nick [Hanson, Lincolnshire FA CEO], Adam and the whole team. At the moment, grassroots football clubs, like all community sports clubs across the UK are facing real difficulties. Playing a positive role in support of these clubs is very important to us and we look forward to working with everyone at the Lincolnshire FA to ensure we can have the biggest impact possible.”
To find out more about GiveToLocal visit www.givetolocal.com
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