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Back Town's bid for Europe

Published date: 14 November 2012 |
Published by: Aaron Haley
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PRESTATYN Town are calling on members of the community to get behind the club in its pursuit of European football.

The Seasiders, who sit top of the Welsh Premier League table after a stunning start to the season, have picked up eight wins from their first 13 matches.

Town are showing no signs of letting their foot off the gas, having lost just once in the last five matches, and chairman Phil Merrick is appealing for volunteers to join the club’s Push for Europe campaign to help finance the club’s continuing development.

“This would be a fantastic achievement and something that would enable us to establish firm foundations for the future,” he said.

“Apart from the thrill of actually playing foreign competition and the experiences that come with it we would naturally benefit from the huge financial rewards. We’ve got one of the best teams in the league and one of the lowest budgets so it’s great credit to Neil Gibson, his management team and players.

“There’s a great feeling at the club at the moment and this campaign will give us the opportunity to realise something that so many people have worked really hard to achieve over the last few years. They are putting in some sparkling performances.”

Prestatyn are looking to set up a series of fundraising projects and club initiatives, and are looking for volunteers to help man their latest ventues.

“We are a not-for-profit organisation and there’s an awful lot of work behind the scenes trying to get grants and putting plans in place to work with the Welsh Football Trust which will reap rewards in the future, but unfortunately these things take time,” Phil said.

“The reality is that the number of people coming through the turnstiles alone is not sufficient to meet the costs of running a football club in the Welsh Premier League and we are continually having to look at new ways of getting funding.

"We are very fortunate that we’ve got a number of really helpful sponsors and of course a great Supporters Association who week in, week out support the club both vocally and financially.”

If you are interested in joining the Push for Europe team, contact the chairman by email at phil@philmerrick.com.

Town return to action this weekend at Carmarthen Town in a 3.45pm kick-off that is also live on Scorio. Neil Gibson’s men have also drawn Barmouth at home in the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup in what is believed to be the first meeting between the two sides.  

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