Tonbridge Angels thanks National Lottery players for their support
£10m emergency support package from The National Lottery gives lifeline to National League clubs while fans are unable to attend
Tonbridge Angels FC 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.
There is no doubt that without this funding our day to day cash flow would have been severely impacted within just a few short weeks with implications for not just the 1st team in National South but also our Academy and four Kent Youth League sides
Chairman of Tonbridge Angels FC, Dave Netherstreet said today: “We are all enormously grateful to the National Lottery players together with The FA, The National League and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport who between them brokered this much needed funding. The Angels is a fan owned club that forms an integral part of the town’s sporting community while at the same time supporting other local organisations. Protecting this, and the work of the other National League clubs, is essential for communities across the country and I repeat my thanks to the National Lottery players 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.”