18:37, Mon 13 Jul
Hi Everyone,

Some of you might know that I am heavily involved with running a Grassroots Childrens Football Club in Erdington, Holly Lane United.

When Covid-19 hit in March we took the tough decision, but the right decision, to immediately stop subs as a large number of our players parents were furloughed and clearly it's not right to take subs whilst we couldn't even train.

At that point I don't think many would have predicted just how long Grassroots football would be out of action for and it has hit us very hard. By the time our subs restart in August we will have lost around £16,000 in subs and from a number of fund raising events that we had planned (based on previous amounts raised at those events).

To give us a double whammy we are currently attempting to secure our own ground on a long term lease so a lot of that money was earmarked to buy new equipment such as ground maintenance equipment, securing the perimeter fencing and things like new goals as well as buying new kits for a number of the teams that have out grown last seasons. As you can imagine it is almost impossible to get sponsorship at the moment. We run as not for profits so every year we spend everything that comes in on the kids.

We still have a significant number of parents on furlough, and even worse some have been made redundant, so we are trying to look at different ways to claw back some of the money lost rather than put the onus on the parents at this time.

If anyone would like to donate, anything at all from £1, £2, £5 or anything else, please follow the link below. Every single penny would be greatly appreciated and every penny will be spent on the kids and improving the club for them. If you can't donate can you please share our link on your Facebook pages with friends and family. If we can reach 10000 people willing to donate a £1 then we'll hit our target!

Thanks and KRO!

18:47, Mon 13 Jul
Good luck.
Make sure my little donation gets spent on Blues kids if possible
Jude Bellingham - "Once a blue, always a blue" “This is my Club, I love the Club to bits. I’d die for this Club”
18:51, Mon 13 Jul
Thanks Rab, my lad is the U15's goalkeeper so I'll put it towards his new kit because the bugger has gone from about 5'11" to 6'3" since he had his kit last August!! No-one is going to lob him or beat him to crosses next season LOL!!!!
18:53, Mon 13 Jul
Jude Bellingham - "Once a blue, always a blue" “This is my Club, I love the Club to bits. I’d die for this Club”
10:17, Tue 14 Jul
Thank you to whoever has stuck it up on the top of the board!

Very much appreciated.
11:14, Tue 14 Jul
Happy to help!
11:40, Tue 14 Jul
Thanks Des
13:43, Tue 14 Jul
Apply through your FA.
My club has been given over 20,000 over the past 6 months, for fencing and work on the pitches.
Make an application for each requirement, there's a lot of money to be shared out.
14:59, Tue 14 Jul
We will be doing that as well BUT we can't get things like playing kit and equipment using grants. Plus, to get the grants you have to be able to contribute a large percentage towards it and we will be wiped out with all our initial fees and kits we just about have enough for.

We'll be left with nothing to spend on the ground and when I can I'll post a photograph two of the pitches we are trying to recover LOL!!! Maybe not even fit for rugby by september let alone football LOL!!!!!!
15:42, Tue 14 Jul
Somebody sent me a good fundraising ideas for my team. Happy to share via WhatsApp if you PM me your number. 👍
16:57, Tue 14 Jul
Cheers, will do
11:10, Wed 15 Jul
Nose of Blue, why don’t you consider a shared all weather pitch, after years of playing on crap sub standard council pitches, we got a chance to use a 4G pitch in Birmingham city centre!
It was brilliants! Ok you can’t train on it cos that doubles the cost, but surface was perfect!

09:09, Thu 23 Jul
There you go nose! made a Donation, keep up the good work!

15:57, Thu 23 Jul
Thanks Des, very much appreciated mate!!