Potters Bar Town in race against time to raise money that will save Bostik Premier League status
PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 November 2018
Potters Bar Town have just over four months to upgrade their Pakex Stadium ground or face relegation from the Bostik Premier League.
The Scholars reached step three of the non-league pyramid, three divisions below the Football League, for the first time in their history after a memorable campaign last time out.
And although most people’s favourites to disappear back down the ladder, the Maroons have delighted their fanatical Bar Army support by constantly being in the top-half of the division.
Crowds at the Watkins Rise-based ground have also grown with their current average attendance almost double that of last year.
However, FA rules state that to be in such an elevated position means facilities have to be improved.
The clubhouse and changing rooms have already been sorted but the club now need to add one new stand, to cater for 100 seated spectators, and provide a further covered standing area for a further 100 more.
And the new improvements will cost £30,000 with the work required to be completed by March 31.
To help chairman Peter Waller has launched a crowdfunding campaign in the knowledge that any monies raised will be matched by grants.
He said: “After all the hard work by the players and the supporters and the success this season, we must not let [relegation] happen.
“We are presently seeking all the necessary permissions and documentation to allow us to complete this work but at present we only have a small fund to put towards this cost.
“In terms of funding, we were told that we could not secure further grants until June although we now believe we will be able to if we can match their contribution.
“We are launching the ‘Stand up the Bar’ scheme to raise £10,000, knowing that it will be matched, pound for pound, with grants from the Football Foundation.
“Any donations will be appreciated but we must reach that figure by January 31 to commence the work.”
Donations can made online to account number 80523127 and sort code 20-95-61, quoting your name as the reference.
Any businesses wishing to sponsor the club should contact Peter Waller on 07930 894 924.