Friday, September 7, 2018

DFCSG Fundraising Race Night

race-night.png On Saturday the 20th of October DFCSG are planning to host a Race Night to raise funds for OUR FOOTBALL CLUB. The venue is Holy Family Social Club, Prior Street, Cockerton, doors open at 7.30 for a 8.00pm start.

Tickets for the event will be £5 per person and will be strictly over 18’s only, as we will providing our own bar with beer, cider and wine and soft drinks which you can buy during the night.

The premise of a Race Night is very straight forward: there are 8 horse races which have been recorded and will be played during the night. Before a race starts people place bets on a horse (8 horses per race) for £1 per betting ticket. The race is played on the big screen and the those who bet on the winning horse will win cash depending on the relevant odds.

Easy!!

To raise funds before the night we are offering the chance for people to become ‘OWNERS’ of horses for the 7 races. As an ‘OWNER’ you get naming rights for a horse (it can be anything you want) and the winning ‘OWNER’ of a race gets a bottle of Prosecco! It costs £10 per horse and you can buy as many as you want.

Each of the races needs to have an overall sponsor, so anyone interested in being the race sponsor with their name or company and logo please contact below, the cost of this including an advert in the race programme is £50.

Let us know ASAP if you would like to become an ‘OWNER’ as all names will be printed in the Race Night Programme.

The final race of the night will be an AUCTION where we will be selling off each horse to the highest bidder (who gets to name the horse). When all 8 horses have been sold people will bet and the race will be run. The winning ‘OWNER’ gets 50% of the takings for the race (which could be a lot of money!)

Please contact me Rob Duncan on 07985 020578 or email at rob.duncan@darlingtonfc.org. I am also available at the fans table at Blackwell Meadows home games and information and tickets can also be obtained at Quaker retail in the Dolphin Centre, Monday to Friday - 10.00am to 1.00pm or you can buy your tickets online right now by clicking here. For tickets and race and owner sponsorships, I would like all the spaces to be filled by the end of September, so the race card can be printed in time.

A poster advertising the night can be downloaded here.

We have a maximum of 120 tickets available, we look forward to seeing you for a fun night out!

Monday, July 30, 2018

DFCSG Away Travel News

DFCSG will be running coaches to all away matches. These luxury coaches are supplied by Atkinson’s Coaches and are equipped with toilets and drinks facilities. The coaches leave from Park Place, Darlington and arrive at their destination around 90 minutes before kick-off. You will also be given a 50% refund if subsequently the match is postponed after the coach has left Darlington.

This season DFCSG members will have priority booking until 48 hours before departure, at which point bookings will be opened to non-members.

As in previous seasons the fares will be banded. A ‘standard’ fare of £22 will apply for most journeys, although trips within the North East and Yorkshire will be cheaper.

DFCSG members will receive a 10% discount (rounded to the nearest £) on production of their membership card on the coach. Juniors (u16 on 01/09/18) will be able to travel for half the ‘standard’ fare and they will receive a further discount if they are junior members of DFCSG. Junior members must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Our first away trip of the season will be to Spennymoor Town on Tuesday 7th August leaving at 6pm. The adult fare will be £10 for DFCSG members and £11 for non-members. Junior members will be charged £6 and junior non-members £7.

On Saturday 11th August, it will be an early start of 9.30am for the long trip to Brackley. The adult fare will be £20 for DFCSG members and £22 for non-members. Junior members will be charged £10 and junior non-members £11.

To book a seat ring Glen on 07376 368553.

For more information see our Fans Travel page

Friday, July 27, 2018

RSPB Member Benefits

rspb.png RSPB Saltholme are offering free parking on production of your DFCSG membership card or your DFC season ticket (car parking is normally £5 for non-members of RSPB).

Saltholme is a wildlife reserve and discovery park. At Saltholme you'll find a world of amazing birds, wildflowers and special animals like hares and water voles. There's also a great shop, cafe, centre and wildlife garden to explore, as well as a great adventure play area and loads of fun events. For more information please visit the website http://www.rspb.org.uk/saltholme.

visit-england.jpgAdmission to the wildlife reserve and discovery park is free for adults and children (but donations are welcome), although charges may apply at special events. RSPB Saltholme is open every day except Christmas Day.

If you’re new to birdwatching, Saltholme is the perfect place to start. These family-friendly wetlands have a helpful visitor's centre, hides and screens which let you get up close to water rail, yellow wagtails and terns.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Supporters Group Invests in Media Team

The Board of Directors are pleased to announce that DFCSG will be backing our fantastic media volunteers to the tune of £1,500 this summer. The funding was allocated at a board meeting earlier this week, with all in attendance agreeing that it would be money well spent.

DFCSG Chair, Chris Stockdale, commented, “The media team do an exceptional job producing outstanding content, bringing our supporters from far & wide closer to the action. They are at the forefront of promoting our fantastic club and I’m very pleased that the Supporters Group is in a position to help fund their ongoing requirements.”

The majority of the cash will go towards new equipment for Kevin Luff, enabling him to maintain the high standards he has set for the official YouTube channel in recent years. Under Kev’s stewardship, the channel has amassed an astonishing 1.5 million views, making it one of the club’s greatest assets. He’s also captured some of the most iconic moments in Darlo’s 135 year history along the way.

“Most of the cash will be going towards a new laptop”, explained Kev. “This will allow me to work during away trips and bring things like post-match reaction and other content quickly after the full time whistle, and I’m really grateful to the Supporters Group for the money to buy it. Being able to work on video content while travelling up and down the country helps make good use of my time.”

The remaining cash will go towards new equipment for Darlo Fans Radio, which has itself amassed an incredible 194,000 listens on Mixlr. Andrew Simpson, Stuart Armstrong, Michael Cansfield & Michael Price provide an invaluable service, travelling the length and breadth of the country to brave the elements and bring the action live to those of us who can’t be there in person. This season also saw the launch of a popular podcast.

Commentator and podcast host, Stuart Armstrong, has also offered to cover the DFR running costs for the upcoming season using his recent Darlo Fans Lottery win.

Speaking about his generous contribution and the incoming funding, Stuart said “All of us at DFR are grateful for the support we get and excited already for next season. I was lucky enough to win the monthly DFCSG lottery last month and am very happy to have donated some of that unexpected windfall to fund our podcast and commentary subscriptions for the next 12 months.

We are always on the lookout for improved equipment, but at the very least we now know we are set up to bring you all the action and discussion through what looks like being a fantastic season.”

The DFCSG Board intend to fund the equipment purchases using money from the DFCSG accounts. However, it is recognised that many supporters feel a deep sense of gratitude towards the media team and may wish to also make a personal contribution. Any such donations would added to total enabling further investment in media equipment & resources.

You can make any donation via our PayPal account or BACS transfer.

PayPal account: paypal@darlotrust.org

BACS:
Lloyds Bank
DARLINGTON FC SUPPORTERS GROUP
Sort Code: 30-84-43
Account Number: 30283268
Please use your name + DFR as reference

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ADVERT | Community & Fundraising Team Coordinator

Darlington FC Supporters Group regret to announce that DFCSG Board member, Tony Waters, is standing down from the DFCSG board & associated roles at the end of the current season due to increased demands in his day job.

Tony re-joined the DFCSG board in November and at the same time became Community & Fundraising Coordinator, working closely with Rob Duncan (Fundraising) and Geoff Gale (Community Engagement). We wish to thank him for his leadership, organisation and dedication to the role and recognise the significant progress in the past few months in both community engagement and fundraising. Tony will continue to assist the group on an ad-hoc basis.

We are now looking for someone to take on the role of Community & Fundraising Coordinator. This role is voluntary.

Primarily, this will involve:

    Working with the current fundraising team to produce a calendar of events that will both engage our supporter base and help raise valuable funds for DFCSG, which in turn will be used to invest in Darlington FC.

    Working closely with Rob Duncan and other DFCSG volunteers to organise, publicise and stage fundraising events.

    Working closely alongside Geoff Gale, our Community Liaison Officer, to develop links with local schools and volunteer organisations to benefit our local community, promote the positive messages of Darlington FC & benefits of sport within our local communities.

    Liaise with our charity partners to promote events, raise awareness and fundraise at our home games.

    Being an ambassador for Darlington FC within the local community.

Interested in hearing more about this role?

Please email chris.stockdale@dfcsg.co.uk by 28th May 2018.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Boost The Budget – Successfully Funded

We did it. Thank you.

407 supporters Boosted The Budget and we surpassed our £80,000 target. The final
total pledged was an astounding £85,875.

Firstly thanks to our volunteers for their hard work on Boost The Budget, an excellent
team effort. Tommy Wright was crucial, giving the scheme his full backing. Lastly, and
most importantly we want to thank everyone who pledged and promoted the
scheme. We've had successful fundraising rounds before, but this has been by far the
most popular. Reaching our target with so many people participating was a special
moment that we can all be proud of.

We have achieved this together and the money pledged will give our club a great
platform to build on for next season. This funding plus the excellent Early Bird season
ticket sales numbers, up 37% on last year, will enable Tommy to put into action his plans
for next season now.

In return for a pledge, depending on the amount, supporters qualify for our Fan
Experience Rewards programme
.

We have sent out emails to all those who pledged – if you haven’t received an email
from us firstly please check your inbox folders / spam in case it has been filtered
incorrectly. If you still can’t see an email from us, please get in contact at:
boostthebudget@dfcsg.co.uk.

We will be emailing all supporters again around the start of June with further details on
your fan experience rewards. Many thanks again for your support.

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The DFCSG - strengthening the roots of our club

The DFCSG created and manage the B2D fund, which is funding available to help establish the Club back in Darlington. The fund acts as the primary collection pot for monies raised from direct donations and events organised by the DFCSG Fundraising Group.

Of course, there are many ways in which you can help the club directly but, if you’re specifically looking for a quick and easy way to support the establishment of a solid foundation for the Club in its new home, then it only takes a few minutes to set up a one-off or regular donation to the B2D Fund either by your online or high street banking service.

For monthly standing orders or a one off donation please send monies to the following account:

“Darlington FC Supporters Group”
Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-84-43
Account No: 30283268

To pay by cheque please make cheque payable to
“Darlington FC Supporters Group” and send to

Darlington FC Supporters Group
c/o Blackwell Meadows
Grange Road
Darlington
County Durham
DL1 5NR

Please quote your name in the reference area when using internet banking and, on the back of your cheque, include your name and address.

Remember there are many ways to help the Club… can you think of any more? Please tell us about it either by email or in person at the Fans Table in the bar at all home games.

  • Buying a Season Ticket helps to provide the Manager with additional funding needed to strengthen the team at the start of each new season
  • Attending matches provides the club with a constant stream of money throughout the season, from additional match-day ticket sales and revenues from catering and other sales (e.g. programme sales, match-day raffle tickets, 50:50 match-day draw, Club merchandise).
  • The Come On Darlo Prediction League is a fun way to add a little bit of an edge to your season - use your skill and judgement to predict how we and the other local clubs will do in the coming season, and who will be the big winners and losers nationally, come the end of the season.
  • The Sponsor a Goal scheme is a fan-run initiative which has raised over £8000 for the Club since it began in season 2012-13.
  • For as little as £5/month the DFC Fans Lottery Draw provides you with the chance to win either £50 in each weekly draw, or even more in the monthly Super Draw. The Lottery has raised more than £10,000 for the Club over the past 12 months.
  • The Fundraising Group runs a series of entertainment fundraising events over the year, the proceeds of which go into the B2D fund.
The Darlington FC Supporters Group (DFCSG) was established on April 10th 2015 with the merger of the CIC, Supporters Club and Supporters Trust. Darlington FC Supporters Group holds approximately 62% of the equity of Darlington Football Club and is therefore the major shareholder as well as being the Corporate Director of Darlington Football Club 1883 Ltd.

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To contact the shop either telephone 07488 564642 (only available during shop opening hours) or send an email to:

You can also shop online at https://shop.darlingtonfc.co.uk

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