Boost The Budget 20-21

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Boost The Budget 2020/21


Alun's promise to the fans: “I’ll make sure I’ll bring players in that are value for money and I want players that want to play for Darlington Football Club, want to progress and move up the league and show the fans that passion.”

 

Almost one year ago, over 500 dedicated fans played a part in increasing the playing budget for incoming manager Alun Armstrong. The appointment of Alun brought with it a new wave of optimism to the Club which resulted in us smashing the original £80,000 target. The final total was a shade over £100,000 – a fantastic achievement and an amount which allowed Alun to do some serious remodelling of the squad. Upon his appointment Alun pledged to spend your money wisely and build a squad of value for money players from the local area – a pledge he certainly delivered on.

Boost The Budget has become a critical activity in allowing the Club to compete at National League North level by supplementing the playing budget to the tune of around a third of the total budget. Without this investment from our owners – you, the fans, we would find it very difficult to compete at this level.

The 2020/21 season promises to be one of the most challenging to date for many clubs at all levels of football. The sheer number of unknowns currently make planning of all aspects very difficult. Commercial revenue is almost certain to be reduced as businesses across all sector struggle due to the economic downturn. Setting a playing budget for a club at this level even in more certain times is extremely difficult - even small fluctuations in forecast versus actual revenue can create some gaps in cashflow that are difficult to bridge. The guaranteed revenue from the Boost The Budget scheme really does make the cashflow situation much more manageable.

We’re asking once again if you’d be able to back Alun in his quest to push the Club forwards with the continued commitment that he’ll spend the money wisely to fine tune an already talented squad of players with a clear remit to play an exciting brand of football. Subscribing to the scheme early will allow Alun to tie down the contracts of current key squad members and begin to plan for new arrivals.

The 2020/21 scheme will officially open on Friday 1st May and will run until Sunday 31st May. Given we don’t yet know when the season may start it may seem strange to set such a short window of opportunity. The rationale here is that we want to be as prepared as we can be so that we’re ready to react on all fronts when we do get some confirmation of a start date. Calculating a playing budget is at the forefront of this planning.

In these turbulent times we know that making a financial commitment to the Club may not be possible at the level at which you invested this season, or even at all. It’s important we all ensure that we’re in a position to look after ourselves and our families first and foremost. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to invest this season it would help the Club massively if you could continue your pledge.

Pledges can either be made as a one-off amount or as a regular weekly or monthly Direct Debit. If choosing to pay weekly or monthly please pledge the amount you want to commit to on a regular basis not the total amount. This will then be multiplied and added to the totaliser to show the amount over the course of the scheme.


You can choose which day of the month payments will taken from your account with a minimum of 5 days from the current date for the first payment to be taken and you will be billed on a recurring basis each week or month depending which option you choose. The last payments will be taken in June 2021 so when you pledge in May 2020 you will have 13 recurring monthly payments & 56 payments if you choose to pay weekly. You can also make a single one-off pledge via the platform if you prefer.

 

Rewards – Returning for Season 20/21

Last season we delivered a series of popular “money can’t buy” rewards alongside pledges. We are bringing them back for Season 20/21. Have your photo taken with the first team squad and manager in pre-season, receive a unique pin badge or even the opportunity to be kit man for the day.

 

 

Pledge Per Month

Your Rewards

£5

Entry into Fan Experience draw - drawn once per season. 3 prizes, 3 winners.

£10

All of the above + unique fan designed pin badge.
Choose a design that will celebrate our history & heritage

£15

All of the above + Chose a fan reward experience from Fan Reward Menu (rewards limited by number)

£40

All of the above + complimentary hospitality for 2 for a game of your choice

£100

All of the above + exclusive meal with manager & CEO (limited to 20 people at a time) + travel to away game on the team coach

 

 

Fan Experience Draw - 3 prizes to be won
Automatic entry with pledge of £5 per month or greater

Darlo Fans Radio co-commentator for match, alongside the regular home or away commentary team

Sit down with club graphic designer and design a 2021/22 home concept kit. It will be one of the options put to the fans vote in early 2021

Travel on the team coach to an away game. Unique matchday experience on the team coach with players & management.

 

 

# of people per reward available

Fan Reward Menu
Pledge £15 or greater per month and choose from one of the rewards below

75

Invite to join the traditional pre-season squad photo - line up with players and manager for photo memento

60

Meet the manager for hour - twenty people max at a time. Talk training, tactics, etc

20

Create your own DFC goal gif celebration - Work with our media team to create your own goal gif, posted on twitter when Darlo score (one posting per person)

20

Guard of honour / flag wavers when players enter the pitch

10

Pick the pre-match music playlist