AFC Rushden & Diamonds


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One Fan, One Vote, One Community, One Club.

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds compete in the Evostik Southern League East and is a totally supporter run club, dependent on its many volunteers. We are a Community Benefit Society, accredited by the FSA, which operates on a not for profit basis with approaching 850 members. This reinforces the principles of One Fan, One Vote and ensures that the club and its assets are protected on behalf of the community in the long term. We are very active in the local community providing sporting activity for over 30 youth and community teams which includes boys, girls, and walking football for the over 50s. Founded in 2011, the ethos right from the outset was to create a community club controlled by the fans, for the fans, with no one person having a definitive say in how it is run. Hence the slogan “One fan, one vote, one community, one club”. Being a community members club means that to succeed and achieve long term plans, the club aims to sustain a strong youth and community football base, whilst engaging and gaining the support from the local community. Members vote for a committee to represent them and we also hold members' votes on important matters. We hold an annual AGM for our members in accordance with our constitution.

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Since season 2012/13 the club has ground shared with Wellingborough Town FC but were served notice by the owner of the ground last year. Following a vote by our members to decide our home for next season the overwhelming result was for a move to Hayden Road in Rushden and a groundshare with Rushden & Higham Utd. This means a move back to our home town and the community that we represent. The move will cost around £30k and we need funds not only for the moving of our standing terrace, turnstiles and other equipment but also to ensure we meet the ground grading required for our league - such as ongoing pitch work, electrical work, refurbishment of the changing rooms and additional spectator seating to ensure that all teams and supporters from both clubs can have a home ground to be proud of. This would benefit every single person who visits the ground whether a spectator, player or parent. Our average attendance during the season 2016/17 was 450 for 1st team games and we anticipate that this will be higher for the 2017/18 season given that we will be playing in our home town and supporters will be able to walk to the games.

""Our move back to Rushden is an exciting time for everyone at the Club and we are very much looking forward to being back 'home'. However, the move comes at a considerable cost and we are really grateful for all contributions towards that cost" - Jon Ward, Vice-Chairman"

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