The Sussex football club who have used the lockdown to their advantage
While the lockdown has put a lot of pressure on most sports teams, Buxted FC have used it to their advantage.
The Mid Sussex League outfit have started work on relaying their pitch this week - which will help get rid of the ’Buxted bobble’ - and have plenty of projects i n the pipeline.
And recognising they are not the only ones with financial pressures, they have taken steps to back their current sponsors by offering them free sponsorship throughout the 2020/21 season.
The club have been saving for a couple of years and used fundraising events to help pay for the new pitch and they can’t wait to get back playing when next season starts.
Assistant first team manager Dan Reardon said: “I would say in a strange way lockdown has given us all time to think about how we can improve the club further and build on the success we achieved this season on and off the pitch. We have lots of projects in the pipeline.
“Like everyone we are itching to get back playing. Football may not be being played, but behind the scenes everyone is participating in zoom calls to ensure the club is ready for when the new season can start.
“The exciting news is that the major pitch work started this week, in preperation for when we can start playing again.
“Fingers crossed the Buxted Bobble will be no more! Everyone behind the scenes are in regular contact getting everything prepared for next season whenever that maybe, we aim to continue building on the success and hard work of last season.”
Buxted FC currently have two senior teams - the first team play in Mid Sussex Division 1 and our seconds play in Division 4.
Reardon added: “We have been saving for a couple of years, lots of fundraising events have taken place to enable this to happen. But this year we have also seen a large increase in club sponsors that has helped massively.”
And it’s those sponsors the club want to thank by giving them a great offer.
Reardon said: “We have also given our sponsors our full backing.
“Buxted FC would like to thank you for your continued support through the 2019/2020 football season. Although it was cut short due to Covid-19 what an amazing season we have had.
“This would not have been possible without local sponsors helping to keep the club running effectively which enabled us to offer grassroots football in Buxted/Uckfield to both kids and adults.
“In these uncertain times we are currently witnessing due to COVID-19 we feel it is not the time to chase sponsorship renewals for the 2020/2021 season. We feel it’s is our time to support you, as small business have been affected hugely in this pandemic.
“We have agreed as a club to offer our current sponsors free sponsorship through the 2020/21 season, If you have already sponsored us for the season ahead we will honour free sponsorship for the following season.”
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