Date Added 01/08/2019

BEARSTED FC SUPPORTERS CLUB

Essentially Bearsted Football Club has no ownership and has relied on the support of its members and benefactors since it was founded in 1895. Playing on the village green before moving to Otham at the turn of the Millennium, the club has earned a notable reputation in Kent football at both senior and junior levels.

For many years the senior team has played with much success in the Kent County League and in 2011 the Club was invited to join the newly formed - step 6 - Kent Invicta League for the start of that season. This move provided the momentum for the Club to create the necessary ground improvements and stadia which we enjoy today.

The 2015/16 season saw the Club being promoted to the Southern Counties East Premier League at Level Step 5. Although we have maintained a credible position each year, as well as competing in the FA Cup preliminary rounds and the FA Vase against very good quality senior teams, we have found that the league has become more and more competitive.

Being able to compete at this level comes at a cost, part of which is trying to retain our first team squad’s strength and not finding ourselves victim to the financial might of other clubs both in our league and above. Sadly, this is now a fact that we have to face. We not only want to look at retaining our current players but also being able to attract new recruits.

The coming 2019-20 season will see the First Team squad being asked to commit to attend
2 nights of training each week, as well as playing on Saturdays and regular mid-week games.

OUR AIM:

After much soul-searching, the Club’s Committee have embraced the offer of funding from the Bearsted FC Supporters Club to provide the First Team with a budget to cover out-of-pocket expenses to signed players.

In order to achieve this goal, all funds collected will be paid into a specific bank account which will be run totally separately from the Club’s current bank account and will be monitored and marshalled by 2 appointed long term Club officers.

The Club is seeking to raise this fund by encouraging existing club members, supporters, associates or new faces to donate a minimum of £100, or a more generous amount, to take us through the season.

HOW TO PAY:

• A single one-off payment.
• Interim or regular payments.
• Direct payment into Lloyds Bank: BEARSTED FC SUPPORTERS CLUB
Sort Code: 30-90-99 Account No: 31305868
• BACS Payments: Please reference your full name.
• Any enquiries re payments to Sara Bailey (Treasurer) at Sara.Bailey@comcheck.co.uk

YOUR REWARD IN RECOGNITION:

There will be an option for “supporters” to have their names entered on to a RECOGNITION BOARD which will be consistently updated and situated in a prominent position in the Club House and on the Club’s website.