Hemel Hempstead Town FC will hold a Fans’ Forum tonight (Friday) to promote awareness and raise funds for the Tudors Football Development Trust.
Fans are invited to engage with the management and coaching staff in an attempt to bring in vital funds to the club.
I would like to propose a Trust campaign, where all football development opportunities are considered and improved upon where possible.Hemel Town FC director of football Steve Boone
Fans and/or representatives of Lincoln City, Grimsby Town, St Albans, Wealdstone, Hitchin and Leamington try and do as much as they can to help their local club to be as competitive and ambitious as possible – and this is a model which the Tudors are trying to replicate.
Tudors director of football Steve Boone said: “Boost the Budget campaigns have become quite common and, although these initiatives may become a little tiresome, the reasons for them are clear.
“Planned budgets give little opportunity to maximise opportunities during the season – either to pull away from danger or to kick on at the top end of a league, whichever team or league you compete in.
“Therefore, I would like to propose a Trust campaign, where all football development opportunities are considered and improved upon where possible.
“For the upcoming season at Hemel Hempstead Town FC we will have a ladies’ team that play in a National League, a new full time Academy squad and, of course, the men’s first team that has an opportunity to compete at the top end of an increasingly tough league – against the odds and, in some cases, against clubs backed by wealthy benefactors.
“The Tudors doesn’t need silly money, we have good players and an excellent management team.”
He continued: “Obviously people will ask, ‘well what about the youth set-up - they are part of the development process’ and I agree – we can support the youth system with improved facilities, equipment and the opportunity that improvement brings.
“The youth set-up is run slightly separately from the senior section of the club and resourcefully generates their revenue and finance from fund raising, subscription/membership fees from the hundreds of youth players aligned to HHTFC Youth. That said, we are still there to support them as they are us”.
In light of this, Boone has organised the Fans’ Forum evening at Vauxhall Road tonight at 7.30pm and has suggested a £5 entry fee or donation in support of the trust.
There will be food, the Tudors management will hold a Q&A, and there will be an auction of sports memorabilia – with all proceeds going to the Trust for the benefit of all playing at Hemel Town FC.
In addition to this, Boone will present the concept of the Tudors Football Development Trust, including the fund raising ideas, the individuals, groups and companies that the club are looking to involve, and the Trust’s objectives and goals.
The Trust also has an on-line donation page: www.gofundme.com/o92el0
Meanwhile, on the field, Hemel won 3-2 at Arlesey in last night’s pre-season friendly.
Hemel went 2-0 up but were pegged back to 2-2, before going on to score a late winner – two of the Tudors’ goals were scored by trialists.