Basingstoke Town FC’s big show of support for cancer charity

Fans and directors of Basingstoke Town FC have given a trailblazing show of support to a local good cause by agreeing to rename their ground as the Ark Cancer Charity Stadium for next season.

The significant backing for the charity is believed to be the first time that a club in the football league pyramid have renamed their stadium after a charity for a whole season.Support for the proposal, which will be part of a partnership between the club and charity for the 2016-17 season, came at an end-of-season fans’ forum on May 6.

Rafi, who is a long-standing supporter of the Charity himself, believes the partnership between the club and charity is another positive development as the club looks to bounce back after this season’s relegation from National League South. He said: “I was happy to put this idea to a vote and we would not have taken the proposal forward if the majority of the fans at the forum had not voted to support it.

"Ark Cancer Centre Charity is raising money for a much-needed cancer treatment centre, and as chairman of our community-focused club,  Rafi was delighted that Basingstoke Town FC will be involved in helping to raise awareness of the charity’s £5m appeal and the cancer treatment centre project.“Despite being relegated this season, I am very optimistic about the plans that we have both on and off the pitch for next season, and the partnership with Ark Cancer Centre Charity is another positive development.”

The Charity is very grateful to the fans and directors for their support for the charity. we believe this is the first time that a football club has ever named their stadium after a charity for a whole season. It is a positive, generous and significant show of support by the club.Basingstoke Town FC is at the heart of the local community and it is a club with a great history.It was great to hear about the positive plans for next season at the fans’ forum, and the charity will be proud and honoured to play a part in helping to raise the profile of the club in 2016-17.”