The Tudors Supporters Club will be sponsoring new Hemel skipper Connor Essam as part of the 2019/20 “Beard Tax” budget boosting initiative. We already have many fans from last season’s scheme commuting to the new season, with some more fans (and Tudors management team) expressing an interest in joining in this year. There is still plenty of time for fans (any Hemel fans, not just TSC members) to consider joining in. In total, since the scheme has been running for three seasons, we’ve raised £5000 for Hemel Hempstead Town FC, boosting the playing budget for the management team in the process. You can speak to TSC Chairman Kevin Patterson at matches or via Social Media, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or to join in the scheme.
It is preferable that members of the scheme set up recurring bank payments for the scheme, but we are able to take payments via PayPal (albeit the TSC has to pay a small fee for each transaction) and we can accept cash as long as payments are made up front at the start of each month.
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 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. 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. 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 are the funds be managed?
Beard Tax is banked in the TSC account, with the agreed sponsorship contribution 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 cash, contact the TSC for relevant details; for BACS we will provide you with the relevant account info, for cash TSC Chairman Kevin Patterson can take your payments on Match Days. The TSC Committee manages the Beard Tax scheme and will make relevant 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. 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 in joining the scheme, please email email@example.com