Ashford United need to raise £15,000 to help secure the future of the club
ASHFORD UNITED must raise £15,000 to help secure the future of the club.
Ashford United are another Isthmian League club that have launched an online fundraising page to help pay the bills during the crippling lockdown.
A club statement said: “We hope that everyone reading this is both safe and well in these uncertain times. It's challenging times for everybody and of course health must come first. With that in mind we accept the league's decision to void the season, but of course with that comes consequence.
“With the club having no home fixture since 29 February 2020, and all functions at Homelands Stadium (such as weddings, parties, etc) being cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak, we have no income currently coming in but still have lots of outgoings with electricity, water, pitch maintenance and ground maintenance to name a few.
“As well as being an asset to the local community, we as a football club look to launch an academy for 16-19 year olds. It's currently due to start in September 2020 with an aim of providing both education and a direct pathway into the first team.
“Any donations taken will be greatly appreciated and will go directly to keeping the club running and will help towards next season.
“To launch our GoFundMe page we were asked to set a target of how much we would like to raise. In all honesty we have no target but of course we are grateful for absolutely anything that the great people of Ashford can spare.
“If we did manage to hit the target which we set that would be absolutely superb, and anything over that would be incredible.
“Please take care and we look forward to seeing everyone once again.”
The Isthmian League club doesn't generate any funding from the Premier League, while the country’s top-flight handed £2,000,000 to the National League in annual solidarity payments.
To donate to help Ashford United reach it’s target, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-secure-the-future-of-ashford-united-fc