Bray Wanderers launch fundraising campaign to aid club ahead of return to football

Fri, Jul 03 2020

First Division Bray Wanderers have launched a fundraising campaign to help the club prepare itself for the return of League of Ireland football on July 31st.

The Seagulls follow in the footsteps of Sligo Rovers who have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help the club get set for a return to competitive action.

As of late Thursday evening, the Bit O’ Red have raised 48,000 Euro after smashing their initial target of 30,000 after just 23 hours.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge to us all, including Bray Wanderers FC, and the welcome return of football to the Carlisle Grounds brings with it many challenges which we must tackle,” a Bray Wanderers statement read.

“2020 has been a real test for the club so far in terms of survival alone. Our players and backroom teams have all made huge sacrifices during this period to ensure the club's survival for which we are extremely grateful.”

The Seagulls added: “We must ensure that the Carlisle Grounds are safe for the return of football with many new measures to be introduced to comply with COVID-19 related health and safety guidelines to ensure hygiene standards and allow for suitable social distancing as with any workplace.

In order to get up and running, this will place a significant financial burden on the club and we are asking anyone who can help to assist the club during this challenging time to donate what they can.

“Whilst appreciating the effects COVID-19 has had on everyone, we are appealing to the community, past players, friends and supporters of Irish football to help us in our journey. Any contribution small or large is appreciated.”

And Chairman Niall O’Driscoll concluded: “I am delighted with the support to date in getting the club to where it is and the commitment of all involved.

“It is so important now that we are coming back to continue the work, to ensure that we win off the pitch as well as hopefully on the pitch now that we can get back playing and give the whole community something to cheer about after a tough couple of months for everyone in the country.”