Slough Town Football Club would like to thank National Lottery players for their support during these challenging times. We’re grateful to benefit from a share of the £10M of funding that has been announced for 66 National League clubs as part of a unique partnership between the National League and The National Lottery which will ensure that this season can continue.
The club added the following statement:
“Earlier this week we received details of the support package being made available to National League clubs to compensate for the financial impact of playing behind closed doors. We received the first tranche of grant funding yesterday.
“We would like to thank The National League for negotiating on behalf of its member clubs, along with the Football Association and The National Lottery for working together to provide this funding.
“Over the past seven months the club, along with hundreds of others up and down the country, has faced unprecedented challenges. We have continued to incur significant costs whilst having our income streams cut to virtually nothing.
“This grant funding, along with any revenue we can raise through other means – including live stream tickets, donations, and sales of merchandise on our online club shop – will allow the club to continue to play behind closed doors for the time being on a prudent and sustainable budget.
“We would also like to thank our volunteers and supporters for their help and understanding during these difficult times. We are very much looking forward to welcoming fans back to Arbour Park when we are permitted to do so.”
The partnership with The National Lottery will benefit all clubs in the fifth and six tiers of English football, so that they can continue to play behind closed doors after the return of fans was paused due to rising infection rates. As a thank you, National Lottery players, who make a difference every time they buy a ticket, will also get a range of benefits – including free tickets once stadia are safe to reopen, grassroots football opportunities and VIP experiences at Wembley Stadium.
Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot, said: “The National Lottery and its players have been making a huge difference to communities across the country for the past 26 years, so we’re delighted to be working with the National League to protect these all-important clubs and help them continue the vital work they carry out locally. They do a fantastic job and I can’t wait to cheer on my local National League side when fans are allowed to return.”
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