Shared Access Case Studies

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Hanley Town FC

Photo of a game of football being played in the dark and under floodlights

Hanley Town Treasurer Wendy Jones tells her club’s story:

Three people posing for the camera, standing in front of a floodlit football pitch.Hanley Town FC is a voluntary run, non-profit making club that thrives on competitive and community football. Our dream and vision for many years was to play football under floodlights and Shared Access has let us achieve that goal. We filled in an application form, and a matter of weeks later, we’d been 100% funded and celebrating our first floodlit game. I cannot be more emphatic about what partnering with Shared Access has done for Hanley Town FC. Thanks to the floodlights we were able to gain entry to Division 1 of the North West Counties league, as well as access match funding schemes from the English FA, which helped us make improvements we wouldn’t have been able to qualify for without the Shared Access Investment.

We simply would not have been able to progress the way we have, without our partnership with Shared Access – it was first call to final deal in 10 days flat.

Doncaster Rovers F.C.

Photo of a football pitch taken at night. The pitch is lit with two bright floodlights.

Even though they are larger than most grassroots sports clubs, Doncaster Rovers were still eligible and able to benefit from a set of floodlights from Shared Access. Initially signing up in order to light a training pitch, once their full circumstances became clear Shared Access were able to invest in an innovative way to supply a set of floodlights, along with a 10 year maintenance package to help cut the future running costs of the club.

Man in suit standing in front of stadium with "DONCASTER ROVERS F.C." written in large letters on the side.

Lee Ferraby, Finance Director commented:

From our first meeting through to completion, Shared Access made the whole process simple and kept us fully informed along the way.

Doncaster is a great example of a club securing its revenue streams through a process that is more secure. By using their floodlights to rent out the pitch, the club have obtained a more secure income stream than they would have received from a mobile operator mast, especially given all the risks inherent in every contract with the mobile operators – no matter how long the term length may suggest.