An open letter from Guisborough Town Chairman Don Cowan

Please help Guisborough Town to unlock our full potential once lockdown is finally lifted…

Donald Cowan – Chairman, Guisborough Town Football Club

Dear Supporter

At Guisborough Town Football Club, we are as acutely aware anyone of the difficulties and challenges posed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The current lockdown has had an unprecedented effect on our club, with no football or social club income since the standstill started in March. And no-one knows yet when this situation will change.

These strange and uniquely challenging times are impacting all of us both as individuals and members of voluntary and community organisations like Guisborough Town Football Club.

While our KGV Stadium has come to a halt as far as football and social activities are concerned, we are nevertheless continuing to work very hard behind the scenes to prepare for the day when we are able to restart our footballing activities across all levels of our club.

Apart from our successful senior side, this will include our thriving Junior Section which has over 200 young players of the future and next season we will once again have Ladies and Girls football teams at the KGV.

So despite all the challenges we are facing – there are some exciting opportunities ahead at Guisborough Town Football Club once the lockdown shackles are removed!

To assist with the financial pressures on the club, we have recently launched what has rapidly become a flagship fundraising scheme – the Guisborough Town 50FIFTY Club.

As the name implies, the proceeds of the scheme are split 50-50 between the club and those people who have signed up for the weekly 50FIFTY draw.

There are currently around 270 entries for the draw and the number continues to grow steadily towards the 300 mark – but we believe there is the potential to grow this number further beyond 300 and who knows the 500 mark could well be achievable.

The valuable funds being raised each week from the draw are proving crucial in helping us offset the loss of all our other income streams and this will help put is in a good position to hit the ground running so to speak once all the restrictions are finally lifted.

While we fully appreciate these are difficult times for everyone, may I nevertheless make a special appeal to anyone who takes an interest in our football club to please join our 50FIFTY draw initiative.

It costs only £5 per month per entry (you can have more if you want!) and the draw is made every Saturday (and streamed live around 3pm on our Facebook platform) with currently around £135 going to the winner and the remainder to the club.

It is easy to join up and pay by monthly Standing Order from your bank – please see the poster overleaf for full details of how to get involved in this vital fund-raising initiative for Guisborough Town or visit our official club Twitter site at: twitter.com/guistownfc

We are proud of our heritage and the strong efforts we have been making in recent years to engage ever more closely with the Guisborough and district community, particularly through our charitable involvement with the Guisborough Bridge Association. In addition we are currently developing some exciting plans that will really help raise the profile of Guisborough – more about that later.

For now, a very since thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I hope it will inspire you to become more involved in helping Guisborough Town FC flourish even further for the benefit of the local community.

Kindest Regards

Donald Cowan

Chairman, Guisborough Town Football Club