Fundraising Update & ways to help

Only a week ago we announced the details for our fundraising Player of the Year (non) event and two days ago we released our new Hummel kit for the 2020/21 season. Below we will have details of how these are coming along as well as all the ways that you can help Ayr United Football Club during these unprecedented times.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020

Please find details of this event here 

So far 161 of you have bought a ticket for this, some of you more than one. Words won’t explain how much we appreciate the help from every single one of you. Hopefully we will see plenty of you soon at our games with the Special Edition T Shirt and if you haven’t got yours yet just click here

 

AYR UNITED HUMMEL REPLICA TOP 2020/21

We released our new kit on Wednesday and asked our supporters to pre order as another way of getting much needed funds into the club. Over 50 of you have done so and again it is difficult to explain how much we appreciate you doing so. The strips will be sent out as soon as the restrictions are lifted and we are able to do so. If you would like to buy next seasons kit you can do so here

 

AU500FUND

The AU500 team have been doing a great job getting one off donations and also new monthly members. Since the threat of Covid19 arrived donations have amounted to £1660 and to go along with that 17 new supporters have joined and will pay into the fund on a monthly basis. Again we hugely appreciate not just those who are donating to the fund but the effort that goes in behind the scenes to make this happen.

To find out more about the AU500FUND or to donate directly through their page click here

 

AYR UNITED FIVE STAR LOTTERY

The clubs lottery provide financial support throughout the year and have supported numerous projects. Their support is vital and membership is as little is £1 per week which can be set up as a Standing Order. Please email lottery@ayrunitedfc.co.uk for more information or visit their Facebook page @AyrUnitedLotto

The lottery team are still working remotely so they would be delighted to hear from you.

Our final message would be another thank you. Thank you to everyone who has backed us through these incredibly difficult times. It is incredibly tough having no income however during this outbreak many others are much worse off. We are heartened by our supporters and most importantly we want you all to stay safe and join us back at Somerset Park, whenever that may be!

Important Lottery Update

Attention to anyone who pays their lottery money to an agent.

With the country now being in lockdown, lottery agents are no longer able to collect your money. Therefore, we have other options available for you to pay and support us.

If you have the facility of on-line banking, you can pay your lottery payment directly in to our bank account or you can choose to set-up a standing order.

If you wish to pay in one of the above ways, then please contact us by

Messenger on our Facebook page

Or

Email us at lottery@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Or

Call us on 07599 483366

We can then issue with the information you need to continue your payments.

Thank you to everyone for your support and please stay safe.

Ayr United replica kit 2020/21

We are delighted to release our new Hummel Home Top for the 2020/21 season.

The kits are available to order here now however due to the government guidelines last night we are not able to get them to you just yet.

With the current Covid19 guidelines our financial situation at the club is critical as with no games for the foreseeable future we are left without income. Again we ask for the help of our supporters. Buying our new kit on pre order would be a huge help to the club and give us a much needed income stream.

As soon as the Covid19 guidelines are released we will get the kits to you within days. And to help with that we are offering to post them FREE within the UK. When purchasing the kit select collect in store and leave your address in the box provided however we won’t complain if you would still like to pay for your postage. If you are in Europe or Rest of the World postage is still as stated.

Our new range of Hummel Leisurewear will be available in the club shop and online soon.

 

Hummel partner club in record deal

Ayr United  are delighted to announce that Hummel will be the new kit provider from the start of the 2020/21 season.

 

We have signed a club record multi-year deal which will include at least one completely Bespoke strip per season made for us by the Hummel design team.

 

Gary Bright, Head of Teamsport, Hummel UK & Ireland added ;”Hummel are thrilled to become technical kit supplier to Ayr United alongside our retail partner Football 1st. We take great pride and passion in everything we do as a brand, and we look forward to working closely with the club and fans, to offer quality Hummel product that everyone will be proud to be associated with.”

 

After many years using Adidas we decided the time was right to change and offer our supporters some great value with a World Class brand.

 

We explored many options and the quality of the Hummel product and their desire to work with Ayr United made the decision for us.

 

We will again be in partnership with Football 1st for the supply of the Hummel kit and leisurewear, and both parties are delighted to continue this long standing relationship.

 

Our partnership with Bitcoin SV also continues for next season and we are hugely appreciative of their support. Bitcoin SV is a digital currency that scales to enterprise level and offers very low-fee micro-transactions. In short, Bitcoin SV is Bitcoin.”

 

The new 2020/21 Ayr United home strip will be released and available for pre order later today.

Player of the Year 2020

Our Player of the Year Awards 2020 were due to be held on Saturday April 25th at Arthur St Kitchen.

Due to Covid19 this event is unable to take place.

The current situation is hugely challenging for everyone ; our supporters, our sponsors, local business, and our football club. It leaves us in an extremely difficult predicament and we need our supporter’s help now more than ever.

The financial implications to our football club of the current shut-down cannot be overstated.

Not only will we not have any income from home games for the foreseeable future, but we have had to cancel one of our main fundraising events of the season as well.

Commercial Manager Graeme Miller said :”We have a great need to raise funds due to this unprecedented situation however we wanted to come up with a way that would not just benefit ourselves, but also one of our sponsors and would be a unique opportunity for our fans to support the club.

Obviously our Player of the Year event can no longer take place however we are still going to sell tickets for it. For every ticket sold we will give a donation to Arthur St Kitchen, one of our main sponsors who are also being badly affected by the cancellation.

Buying a ticket also gives you a vote for your Player of the Year 2019/20 and Young Player of the Year 2019/20. When the votes are collated we will then buy all our trophies from Reid’s Trophies, another big supporter of the club, and when possible present them to the players.

Finally every person that buys a ticket will receive one of these limited edition T Shirts.

These will never be for sale in the shop and only those buying a ticket will receive one.

When buying a ticket please use the box provided to give your vote for Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year and also the size of the T shirt you would like. Also you are able to purchase multiple tickets and if you choose to do so please note the different sizes of T shirts you would like.”

We will keep this open to the end of April and we will order T Shirts on a weekly basis. Any help you can give us at this time would be hugely appreciated. To buy a ticket for the event please click here

Players eligible for Young Player of the Year are Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie, Sam Roscoe, Luke McCowan, Jordan Houston, Stephen Kelly, Aaron Drinan and Connor Malley.

We would like to place our thanks to anyone able to help us in this difficult time. Further ways of supporting the club will be announced in the near future.

Thank you.

Club Update

As you may know, Somerset Park is currently closed for business until further notice.

All staff are working remotely from home in line with Government guidance.

Please note that the main office number 01292 263435 will not be monitored for the time-being.

Staff members can still be contacted via email.

  • General Enquiries – info@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

If you require to contact a particular staff member, then please see the contacts below:

  • General Manager – Tracy McTrusty – tracy@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Commercial Manager – Graeme Miller – commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Safety and Stadium Manager – Roy Provan – stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Hospitality Manager – Iain Grant – hospitality@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Lottery Team – lottery@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Shop Team – shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Accounts Department – accounts@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

 

Update from the Lottery

Due to current circumstances and for the safety or yourself and our agents, we are looking at alternative ways of collecting your lottery monies.

As you know the lottery help support AUFC and we must be able to continue the good work we do.

If you have the facility of on-line banking you can pay your lottery payment directly in to our bank account or you can choose to set up a standing order.

If you wish to pay in any of these ways please contact us by messenger on Facebook or email us at lottery@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

We can then issue you with the information you need to do this.

Thank you to everyone for your support!

Update – 21/03/2020

Thank you to all our members who are currently still paying into our Lottery even through these tough times. It is much appreciated.

If you are concerned about Lottery agents coming to your door then maybe having a Standing Order set-up is the way forward. If you would like us to help you set up your Standing Order, then email us at lottery@ayrunitedfc.co.uk and we would be happy to help.

Also, if you have any family members or friends over the age of 16 who would be interested in joining the Lottery and help support the Club, then please get in touch and we can have them set up in no time.

Thank you to everyone and please keep safe.

Message from the AU500 Fund

CAN YOU HELP?

The Coronavirus has brought unprecedented challenges to clubs everywhere, including Ayr United.

Cash flow will be a significant problem for all clubs and we have the unique benefit of the AU500 Fund to allow fans to contribute in the absence of income coming into the club.

You can help by paying one-off amounts to following:

Sort Code: 87-37-54

Account Number: 82216262

Or join as a regular member by emailing us at info@au500fund.com

Please put your name as a reference for your payment.

Monthly contributions are by Standing Order allowing you to stop, start or amend the amounts at any time.

Club Statement

Ayr United Football Club would like our supporters to know that the Board of Directors are working hard behind the scenes to minimise the financial impact the current pandemic will inevitably have on our Club.

Most importantly, the first priority is to protect its players, staff, volunteers and members of the public. Therefore, until further notice Somerset Park will be closed for business. Contingency plans have been put into action and staff will be working from home. Players will not be attending squad training sessions. This situation will be reassessed at the end of the week. We will take guidance and direction from daily updates by the SFA/SPFL and government.

The Scottish FA and SPFL today have released the following statement:

Coronavirus – Joint Response Group Update – 16th March 2020

Coronavirus Update

We can confirm that earlier today one of our first team squad reported that he had various symptoms, similar to those of Covid 19.

Following UK Government guidelines and advice our player was instructed to self isolate, which he is now doing.

This measure is entirely precautionary and does not affect anyone else at Ayr United.

Our focus now is on ensuring our player makes a swift return to good health.

Following the most recent statement from the SPFL board we will respond later this evening.