Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Revised Fundraising Target

The boards of Darlington Football Club and Darlington FC Supporters Group have considered how the fundraising push is currently going and as a result have decided that the priority should be to direct the current fundraising round to purchasing and installing the seats, rather than the structural steel and cladding, which had been the original plan.

Installing the seats, albeit without a roof initially, would help to improve the match-day experience and in particular make it more attractive for young families to attend. The provision of the seats will be an immediate and lasting asset to the football club. Once this target is reached we will immediately open the final round of fundraising for the purchase & installation of a roof over the new stand.

The good news is that the total cost of providing the seats without the roof is only £38,300.

To put this in context, the Community Share pledges for seating phase 2 currently stands at £27,575;

The current total in the Ground Development Fund is £3,523;

Therefore the remainder we need to raise is only £7,202.

This is definitely achievable by a number of ways:

Supporters can pledge to the successful Community Share scheme (minimum investment ?100); or donate to the Ground Development Fund. Details can be found on the DFCSG fundraising platform at: https://fundraising.darlingtonfcsupportersgroup.org/

However, there is also another way. So far 886 DFCSG members have renewed their membership for this season, leaving 258 members still to renew; If each member renewed, DFCSG would be able to donate another £5,160 directly to Ground Development Fund;

Similarly, every 40 new members that sign-up to DFCSG would generate another £1,000 for the Ground Development fund.

For any DFCSG member that wishes to renew, details are on the webpage:

http://www.darlingtonfcsupportersgroup.org/renewal.php

For any supporter that wishes to join DFCSG, details are on the webpage:

http://www.darlingtonfcsupportersgroup.org/?page=membership

Any supporter that joins or renews their DFCSG membership not only receives all the benefits of membership but they would be contributing directly towards the fundraising target.

If you prefer the more traditional ways of paying for any of the above initiatives, pop into Quaker Retail in the Dolphin Centre any weekday between 10am and 1pm and you will be assured of a warm welcome from our volunteers.

Reaching the fundraising target by the end of September means the seats potentially could be installed and ready for use for the match against York City on January 6th.

Come on Darlo fans, we can do this!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Statement from the DFCSG Chair

It is with sadness that I tender my resignation as both Chair and board member of DFCSG. It is a decision that has not been taken lightly and has been in the back of my mind since the end of last season. A combination of work pressure and mental fatigue have taken its toll.

My aim was always to ensure that there was a football club for future generations of the town and surrounding areas to be able to support their local team. I read with interest many of the strong views on social media and it’s vitally important that those with a view on how the club should go forwards and with a strong character step forward in October for election to the DFCSG board at the AGM in November.

I’d like to wish the Club the very best and hope that the future direction of the Club is determined soon so that the correct structure and long term plan can be put into place which the Club needs in order to prosper.

I’d finally like to thank all of those fans who have parted with their hard earned cash and supported the Club in their return to Darlington and rise up the leagues. There would be no football club without you – you are the real heroes. I hope to see you on the terraces.
Wayne

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pitch Update

Those of you who attended last nights game won’t have failed to notice the water logging around the penalty area at the tin shed end of the ground which needed remedial work by the ground staff to make the surface playable despite having spent a significant sum of money over the summer to completely renew the drainage system.
 
As the pitch was part funded by the fans both DFCSG and DFC feel it is important that you are kept up to speed with the ongoing situation regarding the playing surface.
 
Upon discovering the issue the Club immediately contacted the contractors responsible for carrying out the work and a full inspection is currently taking place in order to determine the cause of the problem and any potential remedial work. Once we have the full details of the inspection and a further statement will be made. As we are due to be in action again on Saturday in the FA Cup versus South Shields this is an absolute top priority and the Club are pushing hard for a resolution.

Wayne Raper
Chair
Darlington FC Supporters’ Group

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fundraising Update: £25k needed by the end of September

The deadline of the 30th September to fund the second phase of ground improvements is rapidly approaching. We are halfway there with £25K pledged to date and we need the same again in the next 3 weeks. As owners its down to us ensure we don’t fall foul of ground grading again. Unfortunately there is no magic money tree and we will all need to dig deep if we want to see the Club eligible for promotion this season. It’s therefore vital that we crowd-fund the necessary cash now.

As you’ve heard from our CEO David Johnston recently in his programme notes he’s been looking at options for the sustainable future of the club and discussions are ongoing with various parties. At the centre of the future vision for DFC remains majority supporter ownership, however there is no certainty over when or if any potential future plans will be brought forward so we need to press on with stage’s 2 & 3 of fundraising for the new seated stand.

There are two ways in you can currently help in raising the £50,000 target required, both can be found on our fundraising platform at:

https://fundraising.darlingtonfcsupportersgroup.org

1) Our popular community share scheme which for a minimum investment of £100 you can purchase community shares which are repayable over a 20 year period and attract a small amount of interest.

2) Ground development fund - donate anything from £10 upwards on either a one off or recurring basis. All funds generated via bucket collections and one off donations including our generous lottery winners or 50/50 winners who have donated all or some of their prize are added to this development fund on a weekly basis and to date these donations total over £1,700. Every pound that you can spare really does count and adds to the total.

We’re also in the process of launching a third initiative which will allow you to sponsor a seat in the existing seated stand. For a donation of £50 you can have your name plaque attached to your seat for the next 3 seasons.

For those who don’t currently have a seat but would still like to be involved there will be an opportunity to sponsor one of the new seats and furthermore this will give you first priority to use that seat for the remainder of the 2017/8 season in conjunction with your match / season ticket and then as a seated season ticket holder from 2018/9 onwards. If you simply want to sponsor a seat but still want to stand then that’s fine too! Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis in the new stand so act quick and bag a great view.

All 3 schemes will be added together towards the £50,000 target.

DFCSG board member Wayne Raper said, “The fundraising to date had been phenomenal having always hit our stated target by the deadline and we’re now looking towards a final push that will allow the Club to progress to the next level. Whilst I appreciate many fans are feeling the strain from the constant efforts over the last 5 years once we’ve built the infrastructure the burden will be lessened in future years. It’s been tough but things will get easier”

Online Ticketing for South Shields FA Cup Tie

In order to relieve the pressure on the small number of volunteers who will be selling tickets at tomorrow’s game for the forthcoming Emirates FA Cup 2nd round qualifying game at home to South Shields on Saturday 16th September we are pleased to announce that online ticketing will be available for DFCSG members.

Online sales will open at 9am on Sunday 10th September and will be strictly limited to 1 ticket per DFCSG membership number. Sales will close either when all ticket are sold or at 5pm on Friday 15th September.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://buytickets.at/dfcsg

In order to gain entry to the ground you must bring with you your DFCSG membership card for the 2017/8 season with the printed barcode in the top right hand corner. If you’ve not yet collected your card all new memberships and renewals made up until the close of play on Wednesday 6th September will be available for collection at the home games this coming Saturday and Wednesday. If you’ve not yet joined or renewed you can easily online at either:

http://dfcsg.co.uk/join.php
http://dfcsg.co.uk/renewal.php

For those joining or renewing after Tuesday 12th September cards will be available for collection at either Quaker Retail each weekday between 10am and 1pm or before the game on Saturday 16th.

We request that where possible you bring correct change for ticket purchases tomorrow and please be patient. The tickets will not sell out tomorrow, if you do not get a ticket tomorrow there will be plenty more chances to secure one.

* DFCSG are also running the usual scheme for exiled members whereby physical tickets can be collected before the game. Exiles are welcome to use either service.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Result of the Nominated Charity Poll

Darlington FC Supporters Group and the Football Club board shortlisted three charities to support over the 2017/18 season and asked our fan-owners to help to choose one via an online poll.

The charities which we shortlisted aligned with the main objective of choosing a small local charity where we can make a difference through our large community member base and sporting activities.

Supporting a charity means much more than simply donating money and we drew up a list of ways in which we can support the chosen charity - which would be tailored depending on which charity was chosen:

• Raising awareness of the charity amongst our community

• Providing volunteers for specific projects/events from our member base

• Delivering a positive impact on the charity through football

• Holding bucket collections at a couple of games to raise money from our fans

• Donation of vital supplies whether that be food, clothes etc. to be either consumed or sold

The poll closed on Thursday 31st August at 5pm and we can now reveal the results:

1: St Teresa’s Hospice: 54.75% (144 votes)
2: 700 club: 26.62% (70 votes)
3: Daisy Chain 18.63% (49 votes)

St. Teresa’s was a clear winner and we look forward to working with St Theresa’s again and will shortly be highlighting the areas where all of our members can help.

St. Teresa’s is a local charity which provides palliative and end of life care to patients. The Club supported St Teresa’s back in 2013 with a percentage of proceeds of the pink away shirt which carried the St Teresa’s logo donated back to the hospice.

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The DFCSG - strengthening the roots of our club

The DFCSG created and manage the B2D fund, which is funding available to help establish the Club back in Darlington. The fund acts as the primary collection pot for monies raised from direct donations and events organised by the DFCSG Fundraising Group.

Of course, there are many ways in which you can help the club directly but, if you’re specifically looking for a quick and easy way to support the establishment of a solid foundation for the Club in its new home, then it only takes a few minutes to set up a one-off or regular donation to the B2D Fund either by your online or high street banking service.

For monthly standing orders or a one off donation please send monies to the following account:

“Darlington FC Supporters Group”
Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-84-43
Account No: 30283268

To pay by cheque please make cheque payable to
“Darlington FC Supporters Group” and send to

Darlington FC Supporters Group
c/o Blackwell Meadows
Grange Road
Darlington
County Durham
DL1 5NR

Please quote your name in the reference area when using internet banking and, on the back of your cheque, include your name and address.

Remember there are many ways to help the Club… can you think of any more? Please tell us about it either by email or in person at the Fans Table in the bar at all home games.

  • Buying a Season Ticket helps to provide the Manager with additional funding needed to strengthen the team at the start of each new season
  • Attending matches provides the club with a constant stream of money throughout the season, from additional match-day ticket sales and revenues from catering and other sales (e.g. programme sales, match-day raffle tickets, 50:50 match-day draw, Club merchandise).
  • The Come On Darlo Prediction League is a fun way to add a little bit of an edge to your season - use your skill and judgement to predict how we and the other local clubs will do in the coming season, and who will be the big winners and losers nationally, come the end of the season.
  • The Sponsor a Goal scheme is a fan-run initiative which has raised over £8000 for the Club since it began in season 2012-13.
  • For as little as £5/month the DFC Fans Lottery Draw provides you with the chance to win either £50 in each weekly draw, or even more in the monthly Super Draw. The Lottery has raised more than £10,000 for the Club over the past 12 months.
  • The Fundraising Group runs a series of entertainment fundraising events over the year, the proceeds of which go into the B2D fund.
The Darlington FC Supporters Group (DFCSG) was established on April 10th 2015 with the merger of the CIC, Supporters Club and Supporters Trust. Darlington FC Supporters Group holds approximately 62% of the equity of Darlington Football Club and is therefore the major shareholder as well as being the Corporate Director of Darlington Football Club 1883 Ltd.

quaker-retail-160x200.jpgQuaker Retail is the club shop and is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm in the foyer at the Dolphin Centre, in Darlington Marketplace.

To contact the shop either telephone 07717345004 (only available during shop opening hours) or send an email to:

You can also shop online at http://darlingtonfootballclub.co.uk/shop/

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If you have any questions for the DFCSG Board, or would like to get more involved by contributing your thoughts or ideas on how to make our Club even more successful, or if you have any other matter that you’d like to raise or perhaps even stand for election to the DFCSG Board then you can contact us here.