Funding your sports club through community shares

Community shares can fund sports clubs, build new facilities and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.

Sports clubs and community groups need money to grow, in particular to build better facilities to generate more money. The problem is that clubs are limited in what cash they can raise from fundraising, donations, loans or grants. Too many of us know that relying on loans from individuals or companies can be very risky for the club. Enter community shares.

Community shares are a way of raising finance by offering shares, but in a secure, co-operative legal form. As opposed to ordinary shares in ordinary companies, they seek investment from people that are most interested in the long term success of the Club as a community asset – with the added bonus that it is cost effective way that avoids the red tape that a private Company would face. By giving your supporters and community the chance to invest in the Club it strengthens their connection with it, and as we have seen with FC United it can open you up to significant grant funding opportunities.

A list of the Community Share offers we have been involved with is listed below:

Club What for Club Development
involvement
Av. home gate Approx. raised
Pompey ST Take principal shareholding in PFC Co-ordinated offer 16,391 £2,530,000
FCUM New ground & community facilities Helped secureSITR tax relief 3,394 £2,000,000
Wycombe Wanderers ST Working capital for the club Co-ordinated offer 4,004 £680,000
Bath City ST Take majority control of BCFC Co-ordinated initial offer,advised on second 630 £348,000
Newport County ST Take majority shareholding in NCFC Co-ordinated 2,731 £237,000
Lewes FC Artificial pitch development Helped secureEIS tax relief 422 £208,000
Wrexham ST Working capital for football club, including club shop redevelopment Coordinated offer 4,616 £165,000
Darlington ST Towards ground move Co-ordinated offer 1,205 £100,000
Peacehaven & Telscombe FC Save/rebuild the club as a community sport club Co-ordinated offer 110 £56,000
Grays Athletic ST Save/rebuild the club as a community sport club Co-ordinated offer 189 £56,000
Banbury United Take control of Banbury United FC Co-ordinated offer 327 £12,000
Enfield Town Working capital, clubhouse refurbishment Co-ordinated offer 369 TBC
Hyde United Working capital for the newly acquired club Co-ordinated offer 357 TBC

 

Interested? Contact  for more information on how we can help you grow a winning club.