National Lottery Supporting Non-League Football and Local Theatres

National Lottery Supporting Non-League Football and Local Theatres

The pandemic has been a tough time for non-league football clubs. They didn’t have a great deal of money to begin with and weeks without a game was a major problem. The National Lottery helped clubs in October 2020 and in March and April, they are thanking the fans that also helped non-league clubs during the pandemic.

October 2020 saw the National Lottery donate £12.5 million to UK non-league clubs. Since 1995, they have given over £200 million in funding to grassroots and community football.

The National Lottery Football Weekends includes an exclusive ticket offer for clubs throughout the UK. 231 clubs were helped during the pandemic and each of them will run a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ ticket offer for one home game being played either this or next month.

The campaign is also being supported and delivered by the national football associations in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The participating clubs in England play in the National League, National League South, and National League North.

Mark Bullingham is the FA Chief Executive and recognises the importance of the National League system to the English pyramid. He believes the clubs in those leagues have a “positive impact” on their communities.

He added that “Volunteers, leagues, clubs and fans have all pulled together during the pandemic and it will be fantastic to see so many people out supporting their local team across the National Lottery Football Weekends.”

One of the clubs that are part of the National Lottery Football Weekends initiative are Tonbridge Angels. The ticket offer will be available for their National League South home game against Welling United on April 2.

Their chairman Dave Netherstreet said that the campaign is “an extremely exciting opportunity to bolster an already fast-growing enthusiasm for non-league football.” He added that the campaign gives the club the chance to “give back to the people that matter the most – the fans.”

Woking of the National League are also part of the National Lottery Football Weekends campaign. The home game against Solihull Moors on March 26 will see fans able to claim the two-for-one ticket offer.

In the National League North, Blyth Spartans are one of the clubs supporting the campaign. The game to put in your diary is their home fixture against Hereford on March 26.

If football isn’t your cup of tea, then why not have a night out at the theatre? They have also had a tough time during the pandemic. This month sees the Love Your Local Theatre campaign. Again, this is a 2-for-1 ticket offer that is being supported by the National Lottery.

Over 100 theatres around the UK are taking part. The National Lottery are subsidising over 150,000 tickets at a cost of £2 million for shows such as ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Circus of Horrors’ and the popular ‘Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever.’