Ur­gent ap­peal for foot­ball team cash

The Oban Times - - The Northern Editon of the Oban Times -

FORT Wil­liam Foot­ball Club (FWFC) di­rec­tors are call­ing for cash back­ing in their ef­forts to sus­tain the only semipro­fes­sional foot­ball team in the West High­lands.

Af­ter four years of in­ject­ing sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial re­sources and con­sid­er­able amounts of time into the club, the di­rec­tors are ask­ing if there is com­mu­nity sup­port within the area for a Scot­tish High­land League foot­ball team.

The club re­quires an­nual fund­ing of around £70,000, of which more than £25,000 has been pro­vided each year by the di­rec­tors and key spon­sors.

FWFC di­rec­tor Ste­wart Maclean said: ‘This sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial bur­den has been car­ried by six or seven in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses and this is, un­der­stand- ably, not sus­tain­able over the longer term. FWFC has a sup­port net­work of lo­cal busi­nesses which con­tribute reg­u­larly through ad­ver­tis­ing or by “in kind” sup­port but the club now needs larger spon­sors.’

The club says while the High­land Coun­cil (HC) is sup­port­ive, it is un­able to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. In ad­di­tion, FWFC has a small ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers who as­sist with match-day tasks.

Guar­an­teed block fund­ing from the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SFA) has been sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced over re­cent years with £4,000 be­ing re­ceived for the cur­rent sea­son. Ger­ald McIn­tyre, who is also a di­rec­tor, said: ‘ We have made sig­nif­i­cant progress with FWFC over the past four years in gain­ing our SFA li­cence for Clag­gan Park and im­prov­ing park main­te­nance. How­ever, the team is still strug­gling with re­sults and this re­flects in lower gate re­ceipts.’

The di­rec­tors are urg­ing in­di­vid­u­als or busi­nesses wish­ing to keep a semi-pro­fes­sional foot­ball team in the area to con­tact them as they are hop­ing to be in a po­si­tion to put to­gether a vi­able fi­nan­cial pack­age for the 2017/18 sea­son.

The di­rec­tors are also seek­ing in­di­vid­u­als who are will­ing to give around three hours of their time on around 20 Satur­days per sea­son to help on match days.

To show your in­ter­est or to find out more, con­tact FWFW by tele­phon­ing 07836 608089 or by go­ing to any home game at Clag­gan Park.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.