Football club launches 12th Man Scheme

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Lewes FC has launched a 12th Man Scheme to give fans a chance to donate directly to the club’s playing budget.

The 12th Man Scheme is a supporter-led initiative to raise money to increase the team’s playing budget and for fans to make a direct contribution on the pitch as well as from the terraces.

It’s been used successfully at other fan-owned clubs, such as Dulwich Hamlet.

Money raised by the 12th Man Scheme does not replace the money already allocated by the club for player wages – it is a ring-fenced fund that can be accessed by the manager for the sole purpose of paying new players - and will never be used for any other means.

The scheme will work on a ‘pay-what-you-want’ basis. It can be for as little or as much as fans wish to contribute - and can be paid via a one-off payment or by a regular donation through a weekly, monthly or annual standing order.

The initiative was proposed by Rooks fan John Peel when he was (successfully) standing for election to the club Board. John said: “I am delighted to get this scheme underway, which gives fans a recognisable identity on the pitch as well as off it. Whilst the initiative is long term, I very much hope that the scheme takes off and that we see the benefit this season.”

Lewes FC Manager, Darren Freeman, said: “We appreciate all the work involved in this scheme. This will enable us to strengthen our squad, which is very important to us at this stage of the season.”

Regular updates on Lewes FC’s new 12th Man scheme - including news of the players signed from the fund - will be shared via Twitter (@Lewes_cfc), Facebook (www.facebook.com/LewesFC) and via the club’s popular fans and owners email newsletters.

Fans wishing to contribute to the 12th Man Scheme should visit www.lewesfc.com/12th.

For further information contact Kevin Miller on 01273 470820.

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