After a resounding success in the 2021/22 season, where over 1,500 match tickets were purchased through kind donations from Derby County supporters, the Rams Family Fund is back for the 2022/23 campaign.
Created from the initial crowdfunding for a stadium flag in early 2022, funds raised went beyond the money needed, so the rest was invested into ticket vouchers which were distributed to those who may not have been able to attend home games at Pride Park Stadium otherwise.
This soon spiralled into a movement where fans wanted to support their local club by providing opportunities for others in the community, with supporters’ groups and individuals rallying to help not just the club but the Community Trust and its participants, along with others from across the entire local area.
The Rams Family Fund was launched with an initial target of £1,000 - or enough to purchase 50 tickets for the Peterborough United home fixture which took place on 19th February 2022.
The campaign went live on 7th February 2022, and inside 12 hours the money raised had surpassed an incredible £13,000.
The fund went on to generate a staggering total of £33,000, allowing over 1,500 tickets to be purchased for the final seven home games of the 2021/22 season.
Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, said: “The Rams Family Fund was the perfect embodiment of how we can work as a club, Community Trust and local community to make a real difference.
“The incredible support from fans allowed us to send many fans to their first Derby County game, and the feedback received was truly humbling.
“We knew that we had captured a special moment in time, where the whole community truly came together, and want to carry this generosity and spirit into the new season, and new era, at Derby County Football Club.”
Anecdotes from fans who were able to attend as a result of the Rams Family Fund were full of praise, with many thanking the generosity from others to be able to take their children to their first Derby game, or from older fans who haven’t attended games in many years.
Each match focused on a different group which the Community Trust work with, to allow as many different applicants as possible.
This included school groups, older people, participants from the Community Trust’s refugee and outreach sessions and many more.
Hoping to continue this success, the Derby County Community Trust have confirmed the arrangements for the Rams Family Fund across the 2022/23 season.
A target of £10,000 will be set to purchase tickets for the following games:
27th August Vs Peterborough United
29th October Vs Bristol Rovers
17th December Vs Forest Green Rovers
18th February Vs Charlton Athletic
22nd April Vs Burton Albion
This year’s arrangements will allow around 100 tickets to be purchased for each game and applications for tickets will be open through the Derby County Community Trust website, derbycountycommunitytrust.com.
Donations will be accepted through the Derby County Community Trust’s official JustGiving account: justgiving.com/campaign/RamsFamilyFund2223.