Supporters of Basingstoke Town Community Football Club are already embracing the concept of a 200 Plus Lottery.

As the name suggests officials are hoping for at least 200 members, paying £10 a month, to boost the club’s finances.

After being launched only last week, about 150 people have already signed up, according to the Basingstoke Gazette.

Leaflets are being distributed around the town and a borough boasting a population of 170,000 urging residents and businesses to back veteran manager Terry Brown’s Southern League side.

The new club’s mission statement is clear:

A football club that we can proud of as we compete against other towns.

A place at the heart of the community, supporting football and other community initiatives.

A team owned by the community (one member-one vote) democratically and transparently run.

There will be monthly prize money of £1,000 including a £500 prize with the profits  helping to boost the playing budget and also to fund a move to a new ground.

The club adds: “Everyone agrees – a town the size of Basingstoke needs a football team!

“Without fundraising like the 200 Plus Club we won’t survive.”

The community club was formed following the departure of long-standing owner and benefactor Rafi Razzak at the end of last season.

Article: Ken Gaunt

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