Swans fans urged to back the Flyer
Swans fans are being urged to back the revamped ‘Half-Time Flyer’ draw against West Ham on Saturday and support the excellent work carried out by the club’s Community Trust.
Tickets cost just £1, and fans can win up to 50 per cent of the total takings – up to £1,000 – plus two new prizes, a signed Swans ball and a £25 club shop voucher.
All ticket proceeds are split between the winner and the Community Trust directly, with no funding going directly to the club itself. The draw is made live on the pitch at half-time.
Unfortunately, ticket sales and consequently prize money have dropped dramatically over the course of the season, which has reduced the Community Trust’s fundraising efforts.
It has led to a direct appeal from Helen Elton, the head of the Community Trust, which is a registered charity.
“There seems to be a perception that the income from sales is being collected by the club,’’ said Helen.
“So I felt there was a need to clarify the situation.
“The reduction in prize money is a direct result of a drop in Flyer sales. There is no other reason. The only way for the prize money to increase is for ticket sales to increase.
“The fewer people who buy a flyer, the lower the prize and the less money we can direct back into community projects.
“For the last four years, all the Flyer takings have come straight to the Community Trust.
“We pay for the cost of the Flyer sellers and ticket printing. After that, the total income from each match is split.
“One half is the prize money and the other half remains with the Community Trust, while the club donate the signed ball and £25 voucher.
“As a registered charity, we are legally obliged to keep all our finances separate from the club and account for every penny to our auditors and the Charities Commission.”
Purchasing a Flyer ticket is an excellent way to support the valuable work the Community Trust does in your community.
That work includes SwansAid, working in schools and youth clubs, running soccer camps, working with disabled people and supporting unemployed people back into work, plus many other important projects.
You can find more information about the Community Trust’s work by visiting ‘Community’ on the club’s official website. https://www.swanseacity.com/communitytrust
If you are interested in becoming a Flyer seller, or have any questions about the Flyer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org