What future for Bath FC?

Bath FC supporters might not have matches to support at the moment but the pandemic – on top of the recent planning refusal of a scheme that would have brought a multi-million-pound investment at the Twerton site – has made the club’s future look even bleaker.

Chairman, Nick Blofeld, has issued a letter to supporters asking for help but saying the club was determined to get through its current predicament. Here’s the letter in full:

Last week we received the bad news that Bath & North East Somerset Council chose to reject our planning application that would have led to around £54m investment in Twerton and ensured our survival and sustainability for the future. This already meant a serious threat to our existence.

As you all know, this week things have become worse, as the Covid-19 crisis means we can’t play games, generate bar revenue, or host events or meetings. We are down to around just 10% of our expected income and currently have very limited ways to deal with this situation.

Twerton Park 3D_View to Stadium
An image of the redevelopment that was thrown out by B&NES 

We’re determined to get through this and are exploring all possible avenues and planning a concerted fundraising drive, along similar lines to the Big Bath City Bid, which we will let you know about as soon as possible. But in the meantime, we’re calling on you to help the Club in whatever way you can, subject to your own key priorities.

We know these are challenging and worrying times for everyone, and for as long as we can we’ll continue to help our own local and supporter communities, players and staff in every way we can. Look out for a further announcement about this tomorrow. But without significant Government and League assistance, which may be forthcoming but may take some time, we will soon be struggling financially in the short and long term, which includes paying our bills and people.

If you can, here’s what you could do to help:

Renew your season ticket for 2020-21
Season tickets are available to buy now and you’ll save at least 28% against the regular matchday price. We now fully expect to be at Twerton Park throughout 2020-21, but if for any reason there’s a relocation – or indeed a shortened season – we’ll give you the option of a refund for any affected matches. Show your commitment to Bath City’s future by clicking now

Buy tickets for the remainder of the 2019-20 season
We can’t be sure what’s going to happen this season, but if you planned to come along to any of the matches anyway, why not buy the tickets now to help the Club keep going? If the games end up being cancelled or you can’t make the new dates, we can give you credits for other future matches. Buy match tickets now

Shop and save on the Bath City online store
If you can’t see The Romans, dress like one instead. We’ve taken 25% off the price of home and away replica shirts and, for the next 72 hours, you can get an extra 10% off every item of merchandise in the store – including the already-reduced shirts – just enter the code OURFUTURE at the checkout. You can even keep fit at home in your Club kit! Shop online now

Be part of the Shirt Sponsors Draw
City stand joint third on points and in with a great chance of promotion. Imagine if you won the draw and we’re playing in the National League with your company’s name on our shirt! Find out more now

Join the Bath City Player Pledge
And you can contribute directly to our playing budget and get thanks from Jerry – virtually for now, but in person once it’s allowed! Make your contribution now

Raise money via your online shopping
With so many of us housebound now, we’re increasingly relying on online shopping. Register with easyfundraising.com now and every time you shop, you’ll raise money for the Club. Register now

Join the Goalden Gate Lottery
For just £1 a week you can be in with a chance of winning a grand to lift your mood – and all the time 45% of your stake goes straight to the Club. Find out more

Thank you all again for your great support – we really do need it now – and we will keep you posted on bigger picture fundraising plans (but do send in or share any good ideas you might have on that).

And remember, this is what it’s all about… click below to watch Tom Smith’s memorable hat-trick against Dulwich Hamlet just a few weeks ago – watch now

Keep safe.