Community-Owned Football Club United of Manchester Raises Funds on Crowdfunder

FC United of Manchester has smashed through their ambitious £46k fundraising target on the crowdfunding website Crowdfunder. All the funds will go towards the cost of their function room and kitchen at the new Broadhurst Park ground in Moston, currently under construction.

872 pledges, along with others continued, with a revised target set at a further £20k, to pay for the commercial kitchen, bringing the new total to £51,395 as their campaign to raise money on the Phil Geraghtycrowdfunding website ended on a huge high.

Managing director of Crowdfunder Phil Geraghty stated,“It has been an exciting time watching the FC United campaign launch and become so successful. This project is one of our most brilliant examples of how communities can come together to change the future for something they believe in. Crowdfunder and its supporters, Plymouth Uni and NESTA have enabled this fantastic group of people to achieve something incredible.

“It’s not just about the startling amount they fundraised – it’s about the legacy for the community and the proof for grassroots communities across the UK that together – they can change the world. This is a loud bold statement that Crowdfunder is giving opportunities for people everywhere to come together and bring about sustainable change via the crowd.”

One of the campaign supporters commented,“FC has been an absolute marvel since its formation. A football throw-back we thought lost forever. As inclusive community hub of delight. Fair-minded individuals, one member one vote, coming together helping its people and communities. An alternative ‘can-do’ spirit, distancing itself from over-the-top commercialization. Cheers tons FC. This thing of ours.”

FC United of ManchesterAnother added, “This is our club, belongs to you and me. FC United is the best most fan friendly, interactive club in the world and I’m proud to be an FC fan.”

FC United General Manager, Andy Walsh noted, “Thanks to Crowdfunder, our supporters have shown what can be achieved when fans own their own club. Donations have come from all over the world. Fans across the game have backed the call for supporters to have a voice at every club. There is still a lot to be done but the funds raised by ordinary fans demonstrate the power we all have to change football.”

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