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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Barrow AFC offer free admission for kids

BARROW AFC’s youngest fans can watch the club’s remaining home games this season for free to boost flagging Holker Street gates – and to help breed the next generation of supporters.

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BIGGER CROWDS NEEDED AFC director John Mackay

The Bluebirds have announced that supporters who attend primary school, or who are younger, will gain free admission to Barrow’s final seven Conference Premier home games, provided they are accompanied by a paying adult.

The offer begins on Saturday when the Bluebirds continue their relegation scrap by hosting Tamworth, after a modest 889 crowd witnessed Tuesday night’s unlucky 1-0 home defeat by league leaders Wrexham.

In announcing the deal, AFC director John Mackay, said: “One of the reasons we’re doing this is to create a better atmosphere by having more people in the ground, and hopefully it will bring a bit of extra finance in because the gates at present are much lower than what we need.

“A gate of just short of 900 on Tuesday night is not very good when you’re playing a top-of-the-league side. Our gates have been much lower than expected, which does not help the club financially or give the lads on the field the best possible atmosphere.

“When we first entered the Conference we averaged 1,600 per game, which not only brought in the necessary gate receipts needed to run the club, but created a wonderful atmosphere in the ground.”

And in targeting a bumper home crowd on Saturday, Mackay added: “Saturday’s gate and game is massive for the club.

“We need as many fans to turn out to support the club both on and off the field as possible – a great atmosphere with 1,200-plus fans cheering the lads on to victory would be a great boost for the club both financially, and in creating a great atmosphere for everybody to enjoy.

“Tuesday’s game saw us play some good football with every player showing great enthusiasm and endeavour – this shows that they still have the stomach for the fight to achieve safety. The missing fans now have an opportunity to show that they have the desire to support their team in their hour of need.

“This will give the club the financial backing it needs to survive at this level of football and it will give the team the atmosphere to help Holker Street once again become the fortress it was in previous seasons.”

“If the fans want Barrow to survive at this level for another season then there are only a few games left for them to play their part in achieving this.

Adults can activate the free child ticket deal by simply purchasing their own at the Holker Street turnstiles.

And Mackay also hopes the offer will help grow the club’s young and adult fanbase.

“We’re allowing youngsters the chance to come along to the game for free and hopefully we can increase the crowd by also getting adults, who will pay for tickets, to come along,” said Mackay.

“We’ll have adults who currently come to the games and it will cost them nothing to bring in a child for free.

“So there’s a bonus for present fans and in terms of potential future fans, you hope that some children will say, ‘come on dad, take me to the match, I can get in for free’ and then we can gain some extra fans.

“This offer is not just for one or two games, but for all games until the end of this season.

“This means that you can bring your younger children along for free, allowing your other half a few hours peace and quiet or, better still, why not come along as a family and enjoy the game together.

“By offering free tickets it might hopefully give those youngsters who want to come and watch live football the opportunity of dragging their dads or mums out of their comfy armchairs on match days.

“Either way, it will hopefully increase the size of our crowds, which in turn, will create a better atmosphere on match days.”

Have your say

Well done Barrow AFC it’s a step in the right direction, even if one or two on here still seem to moan. Seems you cannot do right for doing wrong. But I do agree with Chris £14 far too much. It costs £20 for me and my 14 year old son to go to each home game £14 me £6 him although I did find out 2 weeks ago they also sell a Duo ticket for £17 this admits 1 adult & one child for £17 something that’s not been advertised all season or for however long its been going?
How about making Adults £10 till the end of the season also? Or even 3 home games for £30? Hopefully that should help boost the gates till the end of the season? Just a though

Posted by Mark C on 1 March 2013 at 08:54

Hey, How come the kids can watch'em lose for free, when I have to pay good money to be disappointed? Grrr! (Not Cheap To Support)

Posted by electriceel on 28 February 2013 at 21:49

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