Pars United launch £500K CampaignDate: Thursday, 23rd May 2013
Pars United take latest step in their bid to purchase Dunfermline Athletic Football Club from administration with a campaign to raise £500,000.
Pars United take latest step in their bid to purchase Dunfermline Athletic Football Club from administration, assuming a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) can be reached.
- ‘BuyThePars’ campaign launched by Pars United and the Pars Supporters Trust with the backing of Supporters Direct Scotland
- Community investment scheme aimed at securing ownership of Dunfermline Athletic by its supporters
- Legendary rock band Big Country backs campaign with unique version of Top 10 hit ‘Chance’
- Jim Jeffries and Jim Leishman back fans’ initiative
A new fund-raising campaign called ‘BuyThePars’ has been launched by Pars United, assisted by Pars Supporters Trust and Supporters Direct Scotland.
The aim of ‘BuyThePars’ is to purchase Dunfermline Athletic Football Club and put control firmly in the hands of those it means most to - the supporters.
The anticipated target that the world wide Pars Family requires to raise before the end of July is a minimum of £500,000. All capital raised will be held in secure trust accounts, to allow the money to be repaid to those pledging support, if a CVA is not successful.
Taking into account the tight timescales, Pars United has set a minimum target of £400,000 for Pars Patrons, and a minimum target of £100,000 for Pars Supporters, who themselves will purchase a share in the Pars Supporters Trust [Dunfermline Athletic Supporters Society Ltd] which functions as a Community Benefit Society authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Shares are available at a minimum price of £100 and individual fans can invest up to a maximum of £5000. For further information and to purchase shares in the Pars Supporters Trust visit www.buythepars.org.
Anyone wishing to donate more than £5,000, which is the minimum level to become a Pars Patron, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pars supporters gathered at Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre on the 22nd May 2013 to find out more about the ‘BuyThePars’ campaign.
Bob Garmory from Pars United, who is leading the initiative, said: "Our club has been through a traumatic period in recent months and throughout that time many fans realised that there was a distinct possibility of there not being a Dunfermline Athletic as we know it. We now have a very real chance, through the ‘BuyThePars’ campaign, to take the club into community ownership.
“The club is of course still in a period of administration but we want to be ready and in pole position to buy the club from the club’s administrators. We need to act now to be in a position to make an offer to buy the club as soon as the opportunity arises.
“We are acutely aware that Dunfermline Athletic fans have already been extremely generous and without question they saved the club from moving straight into liquidation. We are now moving into a new phase, from saving the Pars to buying the Pars, so we need everyone to make a final push and safeguard our club for the community and for new generations of Pars fans.
“There are Pars fans in every corner of the world and the ‘BuyThePars’ initiative will let them own a piece of the club they love and secure its future. We firmly believe this is an offer that will be of interest for the whole community and not just those who come week in week out. This is about protecting a valuable asset that represents the town and is as important historically as Andrew Carnegie or the Abbey. We believe with community ownership we can continue to add to that history with a new beginning.”
Bruce Watson of Big Country, who penned a one off version of their hit single “Chance” for the ‘BuyThePars’ campaign said: “Dunfermline Athletic ties communities and families together and for there not to be a football club playing at East End Park is unthinkable. We’ve taken the Pars name around the world and we want to continue doing that so this is a Chance for Pars fans to own a piece of the club that we all love.”
Paul Goodwin, Head of Supporters Direct Scotland, said: “In recent months the resilience shown by Dunfermline fans to save their club has been fantastic. They are now moving into an exciting phase where they want to become the latest community owned football club in the UK. Fan and community ownership schemes are not unheard of with five in Scotland already and very recently down south we have seen Portsmouth becoming a fan owned club. Europe also has some very high profile clubs such as - Benfica, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona - operating under this structure and there are many more clubs considering community ownership
“Supporters Direct Scotland has been working with the Pars Supporters Trust for some time now to help them develop its ‘BuyThePars’ campaign, a vehicle for its fans to buy into their club and hopefully now they can achieve their goal of owning the club they love.”
Jim Jeffries, Manager of Dunfermline Athletic said: “The fans’ backing for the club and the team in recent months has been nothing short of outstanding. Without them the club would not have survived and that is why I’m right behind their efforts to raise the money needed to buy the club and place it in the hands of the fans themselves.”
Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife and Honorary Director of Dunfermline Athletic added: “The last few months have been the most difficult in the club’s history. However the fans and the community stepped up and saved the club and now we’ve moved on to taking the next important step for the fans and the community to own the club. I’d urge every Pars fan to back the campaign, be it individual supporters or the business community who have been great backers of the club in the past.”
A ‘Pars Patron’ is any Pars Supporter who is in a position to donate more than £5,000 directly to Pars United, which will purchase shares directly in DAFC