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?
For the first three seasons the TSC sponsored Jordan Parkes; our gratefully received involvement supported efforts from the club itself to secure the signature of Jordan (who has since moved on from Vauxhall Road). For the last two season, we’ve sponsored the shirts of two players each season; members of the 2021/22 scheme will choose a new player to sponsor (subject to specific players still being available for sponsorship). In total since the scheme has been running for five seasons, we’ve raised in excess of £5500 for Hemel Hempstead Town FC.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org