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07 Aug 2018 : Patrons' pledges can help us to achieve our goals - Ello

Manager Michael Ellison has outlined in a message to Runcorn Linnets supporters the importance of our new Patrons Fund to further developing the club's title-winning first team.

He says:

"On behalf of the club and especially myself and all the management team, I'd first of all like to thank those fans who have already committed to our new Patrons Fund.

For those who are unaware, the new scheme was launched earlier in pre-season and is similar to initiatives already running at neighbouring/rival clubs to further support the manager by generating funds to finance the team.

Fans can pledge money either by a regular monthly payment or a one-off donation and every penny will help us to achieve our goals.

Fundraising and sponsorship is, in the current financial climate, becoming ever more difficult so we are even more grateful to all the companies, organisations and indivuduals who continue to support us.

To those people who aren't already involved with the Linnets, we'd love to see you at our games to further increase our growing attendances or using our excellent facilities or media to promote your company.

We are fortunate at Runcorn Linnets to have a very strong supporter base for a club at our level and the backing we receive was a big factor in us winning the title last season.

However, we are now stepping up to a higher level and will be competing in The EVO-STIK League this coming season against established clubs with significant resources to invest in their teams.

As you may welll know, we are a fans-owned club and while that has its benefits in terms of the club being run by supporters, it does mean that at present, we don't have any major financial backer.

The Patrons Fund is an ideal way of generating extra funds to help with team building by supplenenting the money that we receive through the turnstiles, our 200 Club, draws and raffles and also through our commercial deals.

Every contribution to the Patrons Fund will assist with our squad building as it will be ringfenced specifically for that very purpose.

It will give us a greater chance of success and could make all the difference to our hopes of building on last season's title win that much quicker.

The club has done everything it can to give us an improved budget to work with but, at the same time, we as a management team fully understand it cannot commit money it does not have or needs to keep in reserve.

There is so much more financial commitment in running a club beyond funding the team - as I am sure you can appreciate, paying utility bills, affiliation fees, insurance and maintaining or improving the stadium does not come cheaply.

We need as many of our fans as possible to embrace the fan-owned concept of our club by supporting, volunteering, contributing and investing in whatever way they can.

We have this summer received the commitment from the bulk of last season's team and also brought in some very good new signings.

If you would like to give the club and team the best possible opportunity of maintaining and continuing the progress that has already been made on the field and off, please subscribe if you can to our Patrons Fund through either a one-off donation or a regular contribution over the 2018-19 season.

Whatever you can afford, big amounts or small, will be very gratefully received and much appreciated by me, Crossy, Salty and Lawty as we look to take the team to the next level.

Thank you everyone for your support and let's ensure we all do our very best to keep moving forward as a club."

For further information and details of how to participate in the scheme see the Patrons Fund Page

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