HORGAN CALLS ON PUBLIC TO BACK RELAUNCHED 500 CLUB
Finn Harps boss Ollie Horgan has called on the public to “Be part of the team” and join the club’s revamped 500 club, the success of which will be key to ongoing recruitment & preparation for the much anticipated 2020 Premier Division campaign.
Following calls at the end of last season for increased investment to take the first team squad to the next level, Harps have committed that all income from the 500 Club will be invested solely towards offering Horgan & his management team the resources they require to maintain top flight status. Ollie Horgan says “This is an amazing fundraiser and we need everyone out there who wants to see us kick on in this Division to support it if they can. Getting enough fans to sign up for this will directly affect our ability to attract and retain the kind of players this club needs to compete in the Premier Division that is an absolute certainty”
Speaking to finnharps.ie Finn Harps’ Fundraising Officer Trevor Gordon said “This fundraiser has long been one of the core sources of income and stability for Finn Harps FC, and now we see it as the ideal vehicle to allow our supporters to back Ollie Horgan and give the North West public a team they can really look forward to watching at Finn Park this season. Ollie and Paul have been working non stop since the play-off victory and are gradually rebuilding a squad which already looks like it has real potential. We are a fan owned club. We belong to the people of Donegal and the Northwest, we have no major investor covering the bills or the shortfall at the end of a season. If the fans want to see success and want us to kick on this year, we need people not only join up, but to spread the word and help promote 500 club so we can continue to defy the odds and consolidate in the Premier Division. We are a totally voluntary organisation, which through terrific dedication has punched above its weight and this initiative is the ideal way everyone can come on board and be apart of it.”
The 500 Club is unique in that it sees members entered into a draw each week, 52 draws per year, with a chance of winning atop prize of €300 each time, as well as two runners up prizes of €50 to €100 (depending on membership numbers). Entry to the draw costs €6 per week, or €25 per month and can be paid by Standing Order which was the original format, or online at www.finnharps.ie/500club
Gordon explains “We have restructured the old 500 club a bit, changing the entry prices and payments methods to make it a bit simpler than it used to be. People can still pay by standing order as with the “old” 500 club but we now have facility to sign up online using a credit or debit card on our website, or via the Clubforce app on your mobile device. Monthly payments of €25 incur less transaction fees and people will be entered into all the draws for the next month, either 4 or 5 draws. People can enter for as long as they like, as long as they can afford, and can withdraw whenever they want”.
Full terms and conditions and details on howto enter are available at www.finnharps.ie/500club
Launched almost exactly 20 years ago in January 2000 in the wake of a financial crisis which threatened the club’s existence in the early 2000s this fundraiser offers fans entry to a weekly cash prize draw in return for a regular weekly or monthly payment. Having helped the club survive this initiative went on to raise in excess of €250,000 for the club over the last 20 years. The membership of the 500 Club declined in more recent years with the structure of draws amended due to the reduced income, however more than 50 dedicated supporters remain paid up members as of today.