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Lewes FC Launches 12th Man Scheme

Mon 14th Dec 2015 | Money & Finance

The weekend saw the successful launch of Lewes FC 12th Man Scheme.

The 12th Man Scheme is a supporter-led initiative to increase the team’s playing budget and for fans to make a direct contribution on the pitch as well as from the terraces.

The scheme has been used successfully at other clubs, such as Dulwich Hamlet.

Money raised by the 12th Man Scheme will not replace the money already allocated by the club for player wages — it is a ring-fenced fund that can be accessed by the manager for the sole purpose of paying new players — and will never be used for any other means.

The Scheme will work on a ‘pay-as-you-want’ basis with fans able to contribute as little or as much as they wish.

New Lewes FC Director, John Peel, said: “I am delighted to get this scheme underway, which gives fans a recognisable identity on the pitch as well as off it. Whilst the initiative is long term, I very much hope that the scheme takes off and that we see the benefit this season.”

Lewes FC Manager, Darren Freeman, said: “We appreciate all the work involved in this scheme. This will enable us to strengthen our squad, which is very important to us at this stage of the season.”

Regular updates on Lewes FC’s new 12th Man scheme — including news of the players signed from the fund — will be shared via Twitter (@Lewes_cfc), Facebook (www.facebook.com/LewesFC) and via the club’s popular fans and owners email newsletters.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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