The club's charitable arm will be raising much needed funds on Saturday.
Brighton & Hove Albion fans heading to Saturday’s game with Norwich City are being asked to make a donation for Albion in the Community.
AITC is currently fundraising for £15,000 to help lease a wheelchair-accessible minibus for the next three seasons.
It will be used by the charity’s national and regional disability football teams, including Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC, Brighton & Hove Albion Amputee FC and Brighton & Hove Albion Cerebral Palsy FC.
An online campaign was launched earlier this month at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/get-us-to-the-match and there are a number of rewards on offer to those that pledge a certain amount. These include limited edition AITC home shirts, tickets to Albion matches, places at Brighton & Hove Albion Soccer Schools and invitations to watch AITC’s disability teams play.
The new minibus will cost around £30,000, but the good news for AITC and its players is that a generous long-term supporter of the charity has offered to match every pound raised by the campaign – leaving the charity with a £15,000 fundraising target.
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A near sell-out crowd is expected at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday for the visit of Norwich City and the match has been designated as an AITC takeover day.
A bucket collection will be taking place outside the stadium before and after the Sky Bet Championship game, and supporters will also be given the chance to try a disability football challenge in the Fanzone in the lead up to kick-off.
AITC is now the largest provider of disability football in the area and runs more than 35 regular football sessions throughout Sussex – helping more than 300 people with a disability to play football each month.
Money raised from Saturday’s bucket collection will go towards the charity’s minibus appeal and the overall cost of running AITC’s disability football programme.
Paul Brackley, AITC’s disability manager, said, “It costs around £5,000 a year to run one of our weekly sessions for young people with a disability, so every penny donated on Saturday will make a real difference.”
An AITC takeover day last season raised more than £16,000 for the charity and the hope is that this Saturday’s will be even more successful.
Brackley continued, “We are expecting a big crowd for the Norwich game. If every Albion fan donated just £1 we could get the new minibus and fund three of our sessions for an entire year.”
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