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Barrow Raiders hope Vice President scheme will light up Craven Park

CHAIRMAN David Sharpe hopes Barrow Raiders’ new Vice President scheme can make a significant impact on attempts to fund new floodlights.

DELIGHTED: David Sharpe

The club launched the programme this week – offering members a 10-year season ticket, annual use of a hospitality box and yearly club shop vouchers, among other incentives – as they look to raise £100,000 to pay for new lighting at Craven Park.

The scheme costs £3,000 per member and Sharpe is confident there will be enough die-hard Barrow fans with the available cash to make a big dent in their fundraising target.

“The Vice President scheme is a massive introduction for us,” said the Barrow estate agent, in his first year at the head of the Raiders board.

“It’s good value for money – that’s the great thing – for anyone who is a long-time supporter for the club.

“They will get a season-ticket for the next 10 years, plus they will get the additional extras as well.

“We think it’s a really good deal, but of course the whole point is that the money raised from the scheme will go towards the floodlights appeal.

“It’s nice to think that supporters who buy into the Vice President scheme, when those floodlights appear, they will have helped build them.”

Sharpe is hopeful at least a dozen people will sign up for the new programme – which would put £36,000 towards the floodlights.

The new lighting scheme is essential for the club, who need to have the work carried out to avoid being thrown out of the Championship by the RFL.

They have been given until the end of next year to secure the funding, with £2,000 donated at the recent end-of-season awards night by away supporters and those who took part in a sponsored walk to Whitehaven during the season.

Grants from the RFL and other bodies are also being applied for, while money from the existing Craven Park Development Fund will also be used – which would amount to around £12,000 over a year based on current donations.

The Vice President scheme is seen as a major money source, though and Sharpe said: “We hope there will be a good response to it.

“It is more, the merrier, but if we get just a dozen people involved, it will go a long way towards paying for the floodlights.

“We will make sure that those people are well looked after. I’d like to think people have confidence in the present board and when we offer these things now, they know they will be taken through. That’s very important as well.”

Anyone interested in joining the Vice President scheme for 10 years can contact the club via the Rugby Shop, Scott Street.


The title of Barrow RFC Vice President.

A 10-year season ticket.

A £50 voucher each year for 10 years to spend in the club shop.

Use of a hospitality box for up to 10 persons for two matches during the membership.

Match sponsor for one match during the membership.

A Barrow Raiders rugby ball signed by the first team squad each year.

A limited edition Vice President tie.

A limited edition Vice President lapel badge.

A signed and framed team photograph featuring themselves each year.

A designated seat in the main stand for every game.

An invitation to the match day hospitality room at least once per season.

Have your say

Good luck with the floodlights. But I feel That Barrow and Cumbria have been let down by the RFL we have so much talent in Cumbria and our best players need to go east to play at the next level. Why do we need to spend 100,000 on floodlights? to play 3 games a year at night? If we could use this money to improve the team and keep local talent here,this would be better for all. The RFL need to think about grass roots and help us. They should stop waisting money down south were Union will always come first.

Posted by neil on 15 November 2012 at 18:19

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