Supporters are this month being urged to make a big difference to the future of our club by contributing to the We Are Wimbledon Fund.
At a critical time for the club with a new stadium imminent, remaining competitive in League One is imperative and your assistance can provide the funds to help Neal Ardley improve his squad.
Since the We Are Wimbledon Fund was set-up four years ago, it has helped our manager improve the league position of AFC Wimbledon every season, culminating in Wembley glory last May and a 15th place finish in the third tier of English Football.
Damian Woodward, a member of the We Are Wimbledon Fund organising team, said: “In June we really want to get more money raised to make sure that next season is as successful as the previous four or five since we started the fund. The club currently receives around £60,000 a year from 300 people donating regularly through direct debits. Those donations get us players at this level that we may not otherwise be able to afford. What we really want to do is double those figures. If we could get 600 fans to contribute £120,000, it would really begin to change things for our club. In the short-term, we struggle to put more money through into the playing budget because everything at the club is at full capacity.
“It is fabulous if people can give regularly, but we understand that is not necessarily within everyone’s ability to do that. Please think about other projects you could do to help. For example, we had a fan recently who produced 100 ‘We Are the Resurrection’ badges. That has put £350 into the pot and another 15 or 20 projects like that would make a meaningful difference to the club, which hopefully costs no one a penny out of their pocket. Think really creatively and please everyone take a bit of responsibility to help make this wonderful journey continue.”
It’s now just over a year since AFC Wimbledon achieved a sixth promotion since reformation by beating Plymouth and if 20 per cent of our Wembley followers gave just £5 a month it would increase the playing budget by £300,000.
Xavier Wiggins, who helped set-up the We Are Wimbledon Fund four years ago, added: “It is the same principle today as it was back then: we want to make it as simple as possible for fans to contribute, knowing that anything we raise is additional to what the club was putting in. It needed to be an incremental revenue stream specifically for the playing budget. We decided that the best way to do that was for fans to do that with as much as they could afford on a direct debit basis. That has formed the bulk of the money raised.
“We just need some renewed energy behind the fund now. These are important times for the club. Neal Ardley has somehow managed to increase our league position year upon year, which is a fantastic achievement, but we all have to do our bit if we possibly can. No amount is too little. Direct Debit forms are on the We Are Wimbledon Fund website and let’s see if we can help Neal to maintain that upward trajectory.”
As mentioned by Xavier, you can contribute by accessing a direct debit form on this website . If you are a fan living outside the UK who would like to contribute, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .