This fund has been set up at the suggestion of members and supporters of Banbury United Community Football Club who wished to pay regular donations to supplement the club’s weekly playing budget. The fund has been named after the original club name Spencer Villa.
Commercial Director Mark Allitt explained the aim of the new fund “For many years I’ve had discussions with fans on the terraces and they have suggested the need for something like this. Now we’re a supporter owned club, it just felt the right time to try and put something into action”.
Allitt was keen to stress that the interim board were not looking for huge sums from the already loyal fan base and added “This is purely for people who want to donate a little more. We know how much our fans already pay to support the team home and away. In addition they buy raffle tickets, have paid a membership to join the CBS, many have purchased a Community Share and are also in the 100 Club which remains a key fund raiser. But we also know from people approaching us, that there are some who want to give more and this fund seemed the best way of harnessing that desire.
We’ve looked at what other supporter owned clubs have done with similar schemes and they have been very successful. This is just the start for the fund and we hope it will develop in a big way because of the way that supporters can see that the money is ring fenced from other finances and will have a direct impact on the team”
Supporters can donate as little as a £5 per month by standing order and those that pay into the fund will get their names entered into a draw at the end of the season for a luxury overnight stay in a London hotel. The Spencer Villa members will be made aware of any players signed using the Spencer Villa fund and the club hope this will be build a rapport between those players and the supporters.
Standing order forms are available to download from the club's official website or are available on match days at the club.