MOSSLEY Football Club has this week kicked off a campaign to raise £18,000 for ground improvements at Seel Park.
And within the first eight hours there were pledges of more than £1,000 to the Mossley AFC Community Fund.
Mossley are appealing not only to fans but also to the wider public for support the crowdfunding scheme.
As there are a lack of community facilities in Mossley, the football club has prided itself on helping fill the void in the town.
Committee member Matthew Hayton, who is co-ordinating the fundraising, said: “We’re more than a football club.
“We offer the facilities of Seel Park for the whole town to enjoy. Each week we run Monday Club for adults with disabilities, on Wednesdays run The Club for local teenagers as well as having a partnership with Emmaus.
“Local community groups are able to hire our function room free of charge and we’re also the home of Mossley AFC Running Club and the base for the annual Mossley 10k race.”
Apart from the senior side, that plays in Evo Stik League, first division north, Mossley also have 10 youth teams and an academy side that offers a combination of football and academic qualifications.
Looking to what they are hoping to achieve, Matthew said, “To ensure we continue to offer everyone the best experience possible, we need to upgrade some aspects of Seel Park.
“We’ve worked tirelessly to secure funding, including being finalists in the Buildbase bursary competition at Wembley in 2017. To achieve our ambitions, we’re now looking for people from our local community and beyond to come together to help support us, allowing us to continue to be a focal point of our town.”
Mossley have set three targets.
- £2,000 to resurface the driveway into Seel Park – this will ensure a safe way to enter the ground and improve disabled access.
- £10,000 will also upgrade the home changing rooms – this will ensure league regulations are met.
- £18,000 will also repair the rooves of the changing rooms and social club.
Matthew continued: “We need people to help us meet our targets. Whether you support our football club, care about the town of Mossley or are passionate about helping the groups who use our facilities, we need your help please.
“We see it as giving back as we are a wider part of the community and not a typical football club.
“We’ve created some fantastic rewards to say thank you and hope you can support us.
“All those who donate will receive updates on our progress. Whether you donate or not, please do share our page https://zohero.com/fundraisers/mossleyafc/ with your family and friends on social media – it all helps.”
Donations can be made through the various categories.
- Mossley hero: £30 per month. Receive Mossley scarf, invitation to thankyou dinner, special gift and certificate of thanks.
- Mossley ambassador: £20 per month. Receive Mossley scarf, invitation to dinner and certificate of thanks.
- Mossley friend: £10 per month. Receive scarf and certificate.
- Donate £20 and receive a scarf.
- Donate £10 and receive pin badge.
- Choose any amount to donate.
Mossley recently carried out work on the changing rooms during a lull in home fixtures, and that was funded by club sponsors Total Rope Solutions and PNR Engineering.
The two companies have also pledged to assist further and are helping to organise a fundraising sportsman’s dinner on Friday, April 13 featuring former Burnley, Huddersfield and Wolves striker Steve Kindon and comedian/impersonator Mark Langley.