£10M emergency support package from The National Lottery gives lifeline to National League clubs while fans are unable to attend

The entire Concord Rangers family 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.

This understandably means a lot to everyone involved in the club, with Concord Rangers operating not only our first team but youth sides at age U7 through to U18s, and a number of community projects including a Walking Football side and our highly successful Half Term Soccer School that ran this past week.

Concord Rangers Chairman Ant Smith had this to say:

“The funding support is invaluable due to the club’s main source of income, our function hall and members bar revenue, being significantly impacted by the ongoing pandemic and subsequent safety restrictions put in place. This lifeline guarantees the clubs future until we are able to reopen our facilities under the guidance of our hard working and dedicated club manageress Jayne.

“It also provides vital assistance to the club and allows us to continue to operate our key community projects such as the soccer school and support our youth sides. The success over recent years on the pitch has increased the club’s profile greatly, and this funding ensures that we as a club can build on that and continue to be the first choice for non-league football on Canvey Island and the surrounding area. 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.”

For further information, please contact: media@concordrangers.co.uk