Woking FC thanks National Lottery players for their support
11:03am, Sat 31st Oct 2020
£10M emergency support package from The National Lottery gives lifeline to National League clubs while fans are unable to attend
Woking Football Club would like to thank National Lottery players for their support during these challenging times. We’re grateful to benefit from a share of the £10M of funding that has been announced for 66 National League clubs as part of a unique partnership between the National League and The National Lottery which will ensure that this season can continue.
Woking FC Commercial Director Sam Loxton said: “These much-needed funds will enable Woking FC to continue our sterling work in the local community. With no gate income this season to date and for the foreseeable future the finances of the club were in jeopardy. As a result, had we not obtained this support we would have been forced to re-evaluate our commitment to several projects in the local community and the support that we previously had been able to offer. Protecting this, and the work of the other National League clubs, is essential for communities across the country. I can’t thank National Lottery players enough for this lifeline.”
The partnership with The National Lottery will benefit all clubs in the fifth and six tiers of English football, so that they can continue to play behind closed doors after the return of fans was paused due to rising infection rates. As a thank you, National Lottery players, who make a difference every time they buy a ticket, will also get a range of benefits – including free tickets once stadia are safe to reopen, grassroots football opportunities and VIP experiences at Wembley Stadium.
Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot, said: “The National Lottery and its players have been making a huge difference to communities across the country for the past 26 years, so we’re delighted to be working with the National League to protect these all-important clubs and help them continue the vital work they carry out locally. They do a fantastic job and I can’t wait to cheer on my local National League side when fans are allowed to return.”