Tigers #Team500 Club is almost one third complete

Peacock Windows supporting Worksop Town
Peacock Windows supporting Worksop Town

Worksop Town are almost a third of the way towards their £100,000 fundraising target, through the #Team500 Club.

So far 141 memberships have been sold to local firms and individuals, with Worksop born former England manager Graham Taylor and professional goalkeeper Ian Bennet among those signing up.

Three weeks into the campaign, £28,000 has been raised through the season ticket scheme, and while the steering group behind #Team500 Club are pleased, they’re appealing for a fresh wave of local involvement.

Tom Matthews, one of the supporters who has come forward to mastermind the campaign, told the Guardian that there were more ways to help the club than just donating cash.

“The #Team500 Club has come a long way within a short space of time, and we need more people to pledge, donate and keep the club alive,” he said.

“Over 140 confirmed members is fantastic for three weeks, but many more need to sign up.”

“But we also want those who can help out with their time to come forward to help the steering group in our fundraising events and activities.”

Last week’s special Worksop Guardian advertising supplement raised awareness of the plight of the world’s fourth oldest club, and a number of the firms involved are now fully fledged members of Worksop Town FC.

Peacock Windows has come forward to sign up, and offer 10 per cent off all their services to #Team500 Club members.

Tigers fans could save up to £300 with that offer, and other firms have followed suit.

McDonalds have sponsored the club and members will be able to purchase food at a special rate with their membership card.

And Apple Fitness on Bridge Place will do away with their joining fee and offer one month’s free membership to those in the #Team500 Club.

There are more discounts in the pipe line, to make membership of the football club more attractive – and the Grafton Pub are even planning a Tigers ale, having already taken the most memberships of any local business to date.

Other organisations are helping in different ways.

On Friday the Worksop Guardian will co-host a market stall on Bridge Street with the Tigers steering group, where readers can meet the editor and also find out about Worksop Town’s current situation.

The Crossing has offered free use of their facilities for Friday night’s public meeting, to update Tigers fans on the club’s status and the progress of the #Team500 Club.

And there will be a big Tigers presence in Tesco on Saturday, where a club membership and free basket of shopping will be up for grabs in a raffle.

Matthews said the drive to involve local firms was moving into a second phase, with the release of an official business pack.

He said: “It details the major sponsors items, such as shirt and ground sponsorship, and we want to get that out to every company and business individuals.”

Sponsorship for the back of the new Tigers home and away shirts have already been sold to Rainbow People Ltd and Online Construction.

Other options for firms include individual player sponsorships, front of the shirt sponsorships (£4,000 plus VAT for home kit, £3,000 plus VAT for away kit), match ball sponsorship (£900 for the season), match sponsorship, advertising boards, matchday programme sponsorship, polo shirt sponsorship and training kit sponsorships.

Any company interested in getting involved with Tigers, and reaping the benefits of the publicity that will accompany such a deal – and the potential footfall from #Team500 Club members – can email savewtfc@gmail.com