THE number of sports clubs in Warrington in need of financial support in these difficult times is on the rise.
Warrington Town Football Club, Grappenhall Cricket Club and Eagle Sports Football Club have all set up crowdfunding pages to raise cash that can help them to survive the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Guardian also highlighted last week how Lymm Rugby Club was asking for money to be added to membership cards for spending at the bar in the future to help ease existing cashflow issues.
While the two football clubs and Lymm lost their revenue streams when their seasons were terminated by their governing bodies last month, the 2020 cricket campaign due to start this week is suspended indefinitely in line with the UK Government’s extended lockdown measures.
The Yellows are looking to bring in £10,000 to help towards plugging a forecasted £70,000 black hole.
Grappers are aiming for a similar amount, which, like Eagle, who have passed their initial target, ties in a donation to charity from the funds raised.
“With the coronavirus pandemic cancelling all social aspects of life including sport, the cricket club is in serious danger of being unable to sustain itself over this period, and there is a chance that the club may not be able to operate to its current level without fundraising,” said Grappers player Sam Guest.
“It would be a massive loss to the community should that happen, as the club has been in the area for 139 years, and plays a massive part in over 150 local children’s lives every summer.
“We are doing a number of things to raise the funds required, however the main thing we are doing is the GCC1000 Challenge, asking players and members to walk, run and cycle 1000km cumulatively by the end of April.”
Happier times at Grappenhall Cricket Club
On the Grappenhall fundraising page, a statement adds: “Grappers will donate 25 percent of all donations to the NHS Charities, in support and total gratitude of our brilliant NHS staff who are working so hard to keep us healthy at the moment.”
Eagle Sports, meanwhile, will hand over half of the money they raise to the Warrington and Halton Hospitals Charity.
And the football club need funds themselves for essential works to be done in the off-season at their Thornton Road ground in Great Sankey.
“The players and officials of Eagle Sports FC have come together to raise funds in these uncertain times,” said secretary Danny Nixon.
“The aim is for every player and official of the football club to walk/run 5km and donate a minimum of £5 once this has been completed.
“Then on one of their daily exercises during the next week, they will complete the same exercise looking to beat their initial time set in their first walk/run.
“Should the layer or officials’ time be below their original time, then they will donate another minimum of £5 to the fund. Should their time be quicker than the one previously set, they will donate a minimum of £1 to the fund.
“This will continue each week until the lockdown is lifted and we can return to full training.”
And in the information provided on the fundraising page it says: “Playing in the Cheshire Football League, Eagle Sports FC rely heavily on funds generated on match days as well as regular income from players, sponsors and supporters during the football season.
“With the current lockdown in place, our season has ended early and we have missed several opportunities to secure vital funds in preparation to carry out essential maintenance over the summer months, ahead of next season.
“The squad is made up of local players from the Warrington area and has been established since 1928.”
To donate to Grappers, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gcc1000km
To donate to Eagle Sports, visit gofundme.com/f/cay4ke-eagle-sports-fc-5k-challenge
To donate to Warrington Town, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theyellows
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