Fan-tastic response to Rangers' 1881 Fund
Fans of Berwick Rangers have rallied to show their support for the club.
The Shielfield Park outfit, who were relegated out of the Scottish Leagues after more than 60 years at the end of last season, and who now play in the Lowland League, are currently undergoing big changes behind the scenes.
A new Board of Directors has been appointed and fresh ideas have been drawn up in a bid to boost income and generate more interest within the local community.
One of the ideas was to launch a ‘Just Giving’ page on the internet, hoping to generate additional cash to boost the team’s playing budget next season. The 1881 Fund, so named as it was the date the club was founded, hopes to raise £10,000 to boost the pot for the 2020-21 campaign.
And only two days after being set up over £2,000 had already been pledged. The club also held a cash collection at Saturday’s home league match against East Stirling and with further donations the fund stood at £4,500 at the end of the first week..
A statement from the club said: “The 1881 Fund is just one of a number of fresh initiatives the club will push between now and next season.
“Numerous possibilities around both how fans, the community and businesses can reciprocate these valued contributions are currently being explored.
“So far there has been a fantastic response to the launch of the fund, which is aimed at generating cash for next season’s playing budget and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed so far.”
Rangers have been forced into looking at additional ways of raising awareness and income after several years of continuous financial losses. Last season the club lost around £43,000 and this season there is a projected loss of over £50,000. Next season there will also be a reduction in the parachute payments from the SFA and SPL.
Chairman Brian Porteous says: “There will be some tough times ahead, but we are determined to turn the fortunes of the club around and initiatives like the 1881 Fund show people are prepared to get behind the club, which gives us optimism for the future.”