Hemel Hempstead Town FC Chairman Dave Boggins has offered two free tickets per home game to fans who participate in the Tudors Supporter’s Club “Beard Tax” scheme. Starting from this week and for the remainder of the 2016/17 season, two fans will be selected by the Beard Tax sub-committee for free entry; this may be by means of random selection, or specific fans could be picked if the committee consider a fan deserves free entry for a significant effort in promoting the scheme. Furthermore, where possible, new members to the scheme will be provided with free-entry to an upcoming Tudors game.
What is Beard Tax?
In September 2016 some Tudors Supporters Club members discussed the possibility of starting a “budget boosting” scheme, with an aim of contributing financially to Hemel Hempstead Town FC and improving the clubs opportunities to sign key players. A brief chat between TSC committee members ensued and some fans opinions were canvassed – and the TSC hastily arranged an initiative (which was nicknamed “Beard Tax” due to the clubs links to King Henry VIII and his own fund raising initiative!) for fans to collectively sponsor specific signings.
How has it worked so far?
With Hemel FC informed of our scheme, the TSC was invited to sponsor Jordan Parkes; our gratefully received involvement supported efforts from the club itself along with club sponsors Underwoods and O’Rourke Personnel, to secure the signature of Jordan – a popular former Tudors captain who fans were keen to see back at Vauxhall Road.
How can fans get involved?
We have a generous group of fans currently involved in the scheme, however we’re keen to have new members join in, maybe we can build sufficient funds to sponsor a second player. The “Beard Tax” initiative was set up with the hope that fans who pledge to donate funds, do so with commitment for the remainder of the season (until the end of April 2017). The amount of funds fans contribute individually is discretionary; contributions of any value are considered to be very generous and we want to avoid a situation of any fans feeling obliged to participate – whilst it’s preferable for fans who pledge to see it out for the whole season, any fans who feel they cannot afford to continue contributing or simply just don’t want to, can cease their involvement without any pressure from the TSC.
How will the funds be managed?
Beard Tax will be banked in the TSC account, with the agreed sponsorship contribution (currently £221 a month, which £50 a week for the remainder of the season) paid to Hemel FC on the final day of each calendar month. Whether you agree to pay weekly, monthly or up front – your payments can be by any means you prefer. The TSC can accept payments by BACS, PayPal or cheque, contact the TSC for relevant details. Otherwise, TSC committee members Marc Willmore, Kevin Patterson or Danny Green can take your cash payments on Match Days. A TSC Sub Committee has been established to manage the Beard Tax scheme and make relevant decisions; This Sub Committee consists of Chairman (and TSC Vice-Chairman) Kevin Patterson, Treasurer (and TSC Treasurer) Marc Willmore, and TSC members Andy King and Lee Scott; this sub-committee will make executive decisions about how the scheme is run.
It is not the current intention of the TSC to conduct fundraising activities specifically for the Beard Tax; we were forced to cease the Last Man Standing competition last season and the monthly prize draw we attempted to run this season didn’t take off, so as it stands no funds are being raised for the travel fund which is the original intention of the TSC being formed. Establishing new fund raising initiatives to subsidise fans away travel remains our priority and the Beard Tax budget boosting scheme will run solely on donations at this stage.
For enquiries, including existing contributors and fans interested paying Beard Tax, please email firstname.lastname@example.org