Our club is 100% fan owned, not-for-profit, people-powered.
Football is great, but there’s a lot of stuff wrong with it, like, a lot.
So we see ourselves as having two jobs. Of course, one is to play brilliant football, win trophies and bring joy to our fans. But the other is to help to change the bad stuff in football, the inequality, the rubbish governance and obscene mis-distribution of resources. And because football is so insanely popular, changing football can genuinely help change the world.
Lewes FC is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society governed by these Lewes Community FC Rules
The first gender
equal club in
How we're different
“It’s impossible” they said. So we did it. In 2017, we equalised the playing budgets and resources we allocate to our men’s and women’s teams. Equality FC was born. Same budgets, same marketing, same facilities, same stadium, you get the idea. And it feels really good. And guess what? Since making this move, our attendances have increased, Owner numbers have increased, sponsorships have increased and media coverage has sky-rocketed. Turns out that ‘different’ works. And this kind of different will work in other clubs and other industries. That’s the power of equality.
(Really) More than a football club.
Football for Good
Let’s be honest, we didn’t invent the idea of football clubs doing good stuff in their communities and for charity. But how many clubs can say that doing this is a core purpose of their existence? Did you know that Lewes FC is constituted as a Community Benefit Society so using football for good is literally written into our DNA. This is not a fire drill, we’re doing it for real.
Guess what it? It's not a secret...
We’re happy to share it with our Owners, fans and anyone else. Even other clubs. On the field, we’re competitors, right? But off it, it would be great to learn from each other and see what works for fans and what doesn’t.
The way we see it, if we don’t tell you what we’re trying to achieve and how, then you’ll never be able to judge how well (or not) we’re doing against our goals.
So, here it is: 2021 Club Strategy
Obviously, very happy to have feedback and very happy to have any support you can offer. Here’s our CEO’s email address email@example.com