Your voice matters! As a fan-owned club, we believe in transparency and inclusivity, involving our valued members in critical decisions that shape the future of Stretford Paddock FC. Today, we are excited to share a significant matter that requires your active participation.

Ethical Sponsorship: Our Commitment to Values

Stretford Paddock FC has always stood for more than just football. We are a community, a family bound by shared values and a passion for the beautiful game. As we progress on our journey, we aim to uphold these values in every aspect of our club, including our sponsorships.

We are considering introducing a rule in our constitution that prohibits sponsorships from companies involved in certain industries, specifically alcohol and gambling. This decision aligns with our vision of fostering a positive and responsible football community, where our aspiring young players are inspired by sponsors who embody integrity, sportsmanship, and community spirit.

Unity and Inclusivity: One Club, One Family

At Stretford Paddock FC, we celebrate unity and inclusivity. We envision a club where every member, from our esteemed first team to our cherished junior academy, feels a strong sense of belonging. One step towards achieving this unity is having the same kit across all players, symbolizing that we are “one club, one family.”

Respecting Diverse Beliefs: A Welcoming Space for All

We value the diversity of beliefs and backgrounds among our fans and players. It is essential to create a welcoming space where everyone feels comfortable and represented. By avoiding sponsorships that might make some individuals uncomfortable, such as those related to alcohol and gambling, we aim to maintain Stretford Paddock FC as an inclusive and diverse football family.

A Significant Investment: Unlocking Our Potential

We are thrilled to share that we have received an anonymous sponsorship proposal (sponsor is revealed to members via email) that presents a significant investment opportunity for our club. If approved, this sponsorship could cover a year’s costs for ground hire not only for our first team but also for our reserves and U21s. The financial support offered would be instrumental in realizing our ambitions, nurturing our junior players, and strengthening our teams.

Your Voice Matters: Cast Your Vote

Your participation is essential in shaping the future of Stretford Paddock FC. In the coming days, you will receive an email containing two crucial questions that require your vote:

  1. Should Stretford Paddock FC introduce a rule in the constitution prohibiting sponsorships deemed unethical, specifically those related to alcohol and gambling?
  2. Are we happy to pass the proposed anonymous sponsor as next season’s main sponsor, to be printed on the front of our shirts?

Please take a moment to check your emails and cast your vote. We value each member’s opinion and are committed to ensuring that your voice is heard and respected. You will have 7 days to cast your vote.

Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to Stretford Paddock FC. Together, let’s continue building a football club that we can all be proud of—one that embodies our shared values and embraces its community.

Up the Paddock!

Stephen Howson

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