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£9,000 boost for Barrow Raiders floodlight fund

THREE committed Raiders supporters have boosted the club’s floodlight fund by £9,000 by joining the new Vice President Scheme.

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HELPING HAND: Eric Wood has signed up to become a vice-president at Craven Park

The trio – current director and lifelong supporter Eric Wood and two fans who have asked to remain anonymous – have each paid £3,000 to become 10-year vice-presidents at Craven Park.

Their contributions mean the floodlight fund – which needs to raise £100,000 by September next year to replace the outdated system currently in place at the ground – is now approaching £15,000 only a month in.

Wood, who joined the club’s board last year, said: “The offer is just too good to miss out on in my opinion and the fact it is transferable to another family member at any time makes it secure for the full 10-year period should the situation ever arise whereby I no longer attend matches.

“Having said that, I have every intention of still being a regular at Barrow matches in 2023 and beyond – hopefully watching them in Super League.”

Wood and the two other vice-presidents will receive a 10-year season ticket, as well as annual use of a hospitality box and yearly club shop vouchers, among other incentives.

The money raised from the scheme will go straight into the club’s supporter-driven development fund, where every penny is being ring-fenced to go towards the cost of replacing the Craven Park floodlights.

Chairman David Sharpe said: “Obviously I am delighted we have three people who have signed up to this scheme, which really does represent remarkably good value for money.

“Just so that people are aware, all Vice President monies will go into the development fund to build that kitty up towards the £100k needed by September if we are to replace the lights as planned.”

The club’s media and communications director Keith Nutter, who set up the development fund, which has since paid for new toilets and a refreshments kiosk on the Popular Side, a new on-ground shop and repairs to the Clive Street wall, is pleased to see the early interest in the scheme.

He added: “I put the idea to my fellow directors, but it was very much based on an idea former director Jon Livesey tried to implement a few years ago.

“It didn’t happen then, but now we have made it public its success will have a major impact on raising the monies we are trying to bring in this year.

“There are, of course, other plans in place to bring money into the coffers and these will be revealed on an ongoing basis.”

It is believed up to 10 other supporters have contacted the club to show interest in the Vice President scheme. If each of these commit, Raiders will be well on their way to the £100k target figure.

For more information on the scheme, contact the Rugby Shop, Scott Street.

Have your say

Aye but you receive various hospitality bonuses and big discounts in the shop every season as well as gifts etc, well worth the money if you have the spare cash to help the club out.

Posted by Baz Eye on 14 December 2012 at 16:39

if it was such a great deal, would the whole or majority of the board not signed up to it?
most of the board members are alot more financially stable than your average man.
i mean £3000 for a ten year season ticket, thats £500 a season.
too much that.

cuffy

Posted by cuffy on 11 December 2012 at 12:54

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