Ebbsfleet United would like to thank National Lottery players for their support during these challenging times. We’re grateful to benefit from a share of the £10m of funding that has been announced for 66 National League clubs as part of a unique partnership between the National League and The National Lottery which will ensure that this season can continue.
Fleet CEO Damian Irvine said, “At such a difficult time financially for so many, we really appreciate this support from National Lotteries and the DCMS.”
The club also covered the very welcome arrival of funds in our 30 October update here, saying “This financial support is hugely important to all clubs, including us. Gate revenue has made up the majority of our revenues in recent seasons and the current rules about playing behind closed doors leaves a large shortfall in our revenues month to month.”
The partnership with The National Lottery will benefit all clubs in the fifth and six tiers of English football, so that they can continue to play behind closed doors after the return of fans was paused due to rising infection rates.
As a thank you, National Lottery players, who make a difference every time they buy a ticket, will also get a range of benefits – including free tickets once stadia are safe to reopen, grassroots football opportunities and VIP experiences at Wembley Stadium.
Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot, said: “The National Lottery and its players have been making a huge difference to communities across the country for the past 26 years, so we’re delighted to be working with the National League to protect these all-important clubs and help them continue the vital work they carry out locally. They do a fantastic job and I can’t wait to cheer on my local National League side when fans are allowed to return.”