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We Are Wimbledon

15 February 2013

Fans can find out more details at Bradford match and on the website

The We Are Wimbledon fundraising scheme has so far received a good response since its launch and supporters can find out more about it before tomorrow’s Bradford City match.

  to go straight to the website now.Fans ClubRepresentatives of the campaign will once again be on hand at the Cherry Red Records Stadium to provide more details and We Are Wimbledon now also has its own website where supporters can access direct debit forms. Click on 

Supporters of fan-owned AFC Wimbledon recently started the We Are Wimbledon Fund with the aim of raising £400,000 a year to contribute towards the playing budget.

The scheme, which is endorsed by The Dons Trust, owners of AFC Wimbledon, has been worked on by a group led by long-term supporter Xavier Wiggins. It has involved around a dozen people, providing their expertise for free to get the scheme up and running ready for the summer transfer window.

Spokesman Kevin Rye says the scheme has been well received so far.

“It has been a good response,” he said. “It has been more of a soft launch in that we have concentrated on getting the idea across to people. This is more of a long-term project. During the short-term, supporters have made a great effort in terms of bucket collections and the Blue and Yellow Club, which helped Neal Ardley’s transfer fund during January.

“But we want the We Are Wimbledon Fund to be a constant source of funding for the club, which will increase the playing budget. There has been good interest so far. As a fans-owned club we have shown that we can pull together, but we need to this in the long-term to ensure success for all of us as a club.”

As stated when the scheme was launched last month, representatives stress that the idea is for supporters to provide whatever they can afford and there is flexibility as regards donations.

“If you gave the equivalent of the cost of half a cup of coffee a day, that’s thirty pounds a month,” said Kevin. “Whatever you can give, be it £10, £50 or £100 a month or more, that money is guaranteed to go straight to Neal Ardley for the playing budget for the whole season. It really is that simple. If we had 1,000 direct debits at an average of £20 then the playing budget could be increased by £240,000.”

Football League salary capping rules allow for 100 per cent of donations to be spent on players providing you have the money (i.e. not just pledges), so the scheme will involve those wishing to be involved completing a simple direct form, meaning a regular stream of income.

  website.We are Wimbledon Fund  and the  @wearewimbledonFor more information, check Twitter 

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