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Floodlights / Funding / Fund Raising

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Everyone will be well aware of the nervous state of the countrys economics at the present time which makes fund raising evene harder for those active members of the board atempting to secure sponsorship for next year. Grants are harder to gain as more clubs are applying with less grant funding available and therfore every opportunity MUST be applied for at the earliest dates. There is local amature clubs that are currently active and very succesfull at gaining the grants required to upgrade there facilities.

Previous ideas have bounced about have been ok BUT the results have been too often more than disapointing. The club requires action and action NOW, sitting on ones hands and talking a good job has to end to secure the future of the club.

The future of the club is with the 11 Directors.

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I'm sure the BoD are doing all they can Neil. And I'm sure the future of the club is not with only the 11 Directors !!!!

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The 11 Directors are the decision makers and they will or will not raise the funding required, all outside suport can do is turn up at the gates and trust the money they hand over is spent wisely.

My previous post on the floodlights seems to have disapeared and maybe an update from the board of what grants/funding have been now been applied for will surfice.

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I think what Neil is saying is that the majority of the fund raising ( realistically 90%) must be done by the board and all the people who are raising the other 10% require regular updates or they will lose the will to carry on. I would have thought that some initiative would have been announced by the board by now.

Regular updates and amounts are needed to keep the interest going.

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When we raised funds for the willie horne stand we had a financial thermometer outside the ground, with final target and the amount raised to date.

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When we raised funds for the willie horne stand we had a financial thermometer outside the ground, with final target and the amount raised to date.

Great idea, this was also mentioned at the supporters meeting last week with regards to the floodlight fund.

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Great idea, this was also mentioned at the supporters meeting last week with regards to the floodlight fund.

Rather than a thermometer why not make it a light metre or a bank of floodlights that go from black to gold as the money is accumulated.

Other ideas

A Christmas Raffle ( I wonder if Tebay services would allow tickets to be sold rather than just hitting the Barrow population)

Bag Packs at Asda and Tesco

Car Wash

Car boot sale- my local rugby club has a regular Sunday morning car boot. They have 100 pitches at £7 per pitch. In addition charge 50 p entrance and sell bacon rolls/ hot dogs and tea and coffee. They clear close to £1K per week!

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Good ideas have come from many suporters but unfortunatly they seem to lack the people to drive them through to success. One man that can raise money is Shaun Mcpoland, his race nights are a big hit and raise serious money without spending/gambling a fortune on running the event.

It has become aparent that there is very little grant aid available for Rugby in general for 2013 and therfore grant applications during 2012 are a must.

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Thats why the Supporters club was set up. But unfortunately its hard getting people there on what ever night we hold the meetings. The Race night was a good little earner and we will be doing an other one next year. If any one wants to raise money off their own back, please do. I'm sure the club would appreciate it.

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£100k is a hard target for any club or organisation to raise in less than 12 months, 11 men spending 10 weeks trying to raise £1500 is time wasted and investing time effort and club money into anything which may or may not pay off is a gamble the club can ill afford IMO. I am unsure who is looking at the grants and how far the applications are but again IMO this is were the concentration must be made and it would be of no use looking back this time next year and saying we should have tried harder.

Time for action is running out :(

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Sorry FB didn't know personal insults were allowed to people expressing an opinion, however where I differ from you is that I stood up and was counted rather than just sitting on my ###### taking cheap shots.

If you had done the same you would understand the concerns that Neil and myself express as we have many many hours of our own time invested in it, but then it's easy to undermine things you have no knowledge about.

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Sorry FB didn't know personal insults were allowed to people expressing an opinion, however where I differ from you is that I stood up and was counted rather than just sitting on my ###### taking cheap shots.

If you had done the same you would understand the concerns that Neil and myself express as we have many many hours of our own time invested in it, but then it's easy to undermine things you have no knowledge about.

Seem to have hit a nerve here.

All you did before you got on the BoD was bash the old BoD (rightly so) and all you've done since you left the BoD is bash the new BoD.

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Whatever...I think everyone takes your comments as they should be taken..the ramblings of someone who thinks they know everything.

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Any opinion expressed on this forum by anyone who has/is dealing with the financial/running of the club have a great insight into what is required and when it needs to be done by. In the event that any onepeople looking back on this forum 12 months from now may say, why didnt we do what was needed and talked about at the time or were did we go wrong.

FB unless you have intimate knowledge of the running of the club then your opinion is nothing more than an :lol: educated :lol: guess !

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Whatever...I think everyone takes your comments as they should be taken..the ramblings of someone who thinks they know everything.

It's there for everyone to see in black and white Soss. I've just picked up on it.

And your ramblings are bitter and twisted. Maybe of someone who didn't get there own way.

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It's there for everyone to see in black and white Soss. I've just picked up on it.

And your ramblings are bitter and twisted. Maybe of someone who didn't get there own way.

FB over the past few years there will be many people who didnt get there own way who were conected with the club. Disagreements within any board is healthy as the last thing you want is yes men and every opinion must be valued wether wright or wrong in any ones view. Board members move on for many various reasons and if they move due to disagreements or they dont like the direction the club is heading then thats up to them and this forum is nothing but a chance for people to express there own opinions.

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FB over the past few years there will be many people who didnt get there own way who were conected with the club. Disagreements within any board is healthy as the last thing you want is yes men and every opinion must be valued wether wright or wrong in any ones view. Board members move on for many various reasons and if they move due to disagreements or they dont like the direction the club is heading then thats up to them and this forum is nothing but a chance for people to express there own opinions.

That's fine, but why all the sniping?

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Personally if a job needs doing i like to get straight on with it and talk abbout it afterwards. as you may have noticed in the past that I gave regular up dates with what was happening and maybe a good idea for someone to continue with the updates so all know what grants have/are being applied for and what fund raising events have/going to be aranged with regards to the flood lights.

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Do we need a fundraising committee to be the cental focus group to organise everything ?

A suggestion I have might work & could get all the local RL amateur clubs involved but would need organizing & the goodwill of the local RL fraternity to be succsessful.

As a child I remember loving watching the various famous sportsmen of the nation competing in a Superstars competiton where they did 10 different sporting events and the winner going into the final with the winner of the final crowned Sporting Superstar of GB for that year.

Could we organize something simular ?

If only the RL clubs entered thats 8 or 9 clubs, more if you invite the W Cumbrian clubs, OR have it as a Barrow & District (All Sports) compo!!

Have all local Amateur sporting clubs holding the "BRLFC Floodlight Iron man/Superstar qualifying compo" held at their own grounds include the usual BBQ / Bar / Bouncy castles,Car Boot sales , Disco afterwards etc

Split the monies 50/50 , So each club has a vested interest to get lots of lads/Lasses to enter as they make half the money(after costs of staging the event) If the sporting organisation don't have a suitable venue use CP ,Cav Park, Holker St , Barrow Park ,VSC, Dalton CC, Glaxo, Park Vale, Millom CC,RL or where-ever.

Each Competitor pays 30 Quid entrance fee as they battle to represent their club /sport in the Grand Final at CP in the Summer.

If each sporting club / organization managed to get 15 / 20 entrants that alone would produce 450 /600 quid to split 50 /50

Charge the spectators 5 quid adults, 3 quid kids, family 15 quid and i'd imagine you should get a few hundred attending out of the club stalwarts, competitors fam & friends etc so see the lads out of their usual sporting enviroment as they do the varying 10 differing events, the winner earns bragging rights at his club & enters the semi finals / finals to be held at CP.

If most local area RL , Football, RU, Cricket clubs entered teams & the Boxers, UFC, Swimmers, Cyclists, Athletics,Judo, Karate, Gyms & A N Others held these events, everyone/club has a good fun day out and earns (themselves) some money and BRLFC raises the floodlight monies.

Smaller organisations could combine sports to hold an event, (Exampe) Judo & Karate clubs hold 1 & UFC & Boxers another, the varoius Gyms another, So you have inner Gym/Fighting clubs rivalry, leading to the cream of the crop holing bragging rights & going through to the next phase etc

Depending on the interest/ numbers etc each club/organization could have the top 1.2. or 3 go through to the quarter/semi finals with the top 10 entrants going through to theSemi / GF @ CP

Each club/sport organize their own event, of the same 10 differing tests of strenght agility & sporting prowess, collecting the results & then put forward their "best Man/Men/Woman", leaving BRLFC free to organize their own event, semi final & GF

There must be 60 + teams in the local area, Many more if any Westmorland/Lakes/W Coast/Bay area clubs are invited to enter, .

GF Winner pockets 2,000, 2nd 1,000, 3rd 500....again depending on number of entrances, might have to lower the prize money if less enter.

BRLFC host GF and Bands, Booze, Food , Party etc Would 1,500+ spectators be willing to pay 10 quid to watch the best 10 battle it out to be crowned the Superstar of Sport ?

Yes their will be holes to pick out of this suggestion but IMHO its a PR boost and a building bridges boost & could help all sporting clubs locally while going a heck of a long way to raising some serious cash for the Floodlight fund, (Spot Light on Sport)

I'll get my coat :(

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To be fair could our main sponsor not be a little more helpful, lets face it its nothing to him he could then re name the ground the Furness park arena , its ok trying to encourage the supporters of the club to stump up but £100 k is a vast amount of money to normal everyday supporters like our selves and its very difficult to see light at the end of the tunnel, to millionaire businessmen its nothing .

Im sure there are plenty of well off business people around this club who could help if they are approached in the right manner.

Could the big companys of the area not be approached, the likes of kimberly clark for one,( glaxo have their own sports club, so do BAE so its unlikely they would fund anything else or is it??)

could we not convince them to part with vast sums of money for ground naming sponsorship and give kimberly staff discount entrance passes.

I think its the big guns that need approaching to help us or at least give us a healthy starting block and a bit more of a chance to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

At the same time i think its absolutely disgusting that the RFL stipulate the need for lighting because of tv coverage and then neither of these giants are prep paired to help out in funding, its hardly good promotion is it.

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FB your mindless comments are unbelivable, Alan Stoker has not only stepped in on two occasions to save the club but stepped in at the last momment as Main Sponsor as the club did not have one for 2012. And you state pulled the plug ? look at the current financial problems in not only this country but world wide. Any individual or company that sponsors any amount to the club should be honoured not slated.

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So has he not pulled his sponsorship the D11? It wasn't a mindless comment just stating a fact.

You've posted as many mindless comments on here lately about the current BoD but that's ok isn't it?

Are you still sponsoring next year?

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