Brighton & Hove Albion are inviting expressions of interest from Sussex-based registered charities to become one of the club’s official charity partners for the 2016/17 season.
Local charities have until the 1st August to submit their application, by following the guidelines below. The club’s charity committee will then select two new local charities who will be supported during the new season – alongside the club's existing long-term charity partners.
The selected charities will then be able to utilise a range of benefits, including a matchday bucket collection, signed merchandise, match tickets, media support and marketing both online and in the club’s match programme.
Chief executive Paul Barber commented, “This is something we introduced in the 2013/14 season, and our charity partners last season, alongside Albion in the Community, were Grace Eyre and Macmillan’s Horizon Centre. Grace Eyre help people with learning disabilities in Sussex gain independence. Whilst the money donated to Macmillan helped fund the Macmillan Horizon Centre providing information and support for people affected by cancer in Sussex.
“Both charities benefitted from additional exposure to the Sussex public and in particular our fan base, and were able to use that to raise vital funds for two very worthy causes.
“It’s been a pleasure working with both organisations, being able to support the vital work they do on a day-to-day basis and seeing what they do on a much closer level.
“For next season the club will select two new charities, and then work with them across the season, to help raise awareness of their work among our fan base and to collect vital funds.
“We also will continue to work with those charities with whom the club already has a history and a link to, including the Royal British Legion with regard to the Poppy Appeal, Children in Need, Sport Relief, Kick it Out; and local charities like the Sussex Heart Charity, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and the Argus Appeal.
“Alongside our support for these charities, we will continue to support the brilliant work of our charitable arm Albion in the Community – and the charities with whom they work closely."
Interested parties can apply now to be an official club charity for the 2016/17 season, and should right click here and click save as to download the application form to their hard drives. Please then attach the completed form to an e-mail and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.