At the end of October during one of our matches, our VEO camera was blown over in strong winds. The impact as the camera landed on a concrete walkway meant that our VEO camera was damaged badly, with a cost of repair quoted at £450.
The VEO camera has become a huge part of the club, as it's allowed us to capture footage for all manner of reasons:
Enabling tactical analysis for all teams
Filming youth games and tournaments
Enabling coaches to progress with their coaching badges
First team highlights for supporters of the Mens and Womens teams (home and away).
A simple system that had bought so much to the club whether that's for youth coaching up to the senior teams. If you attend our matches you would have seen the little box up high on the tripods.
(Our existing VEO is battered, bruised and the ports have all been broken)
How we’ll spend the money raised
The aim is to raise enough to either 1) repair the existing VEO or 2) replace with the new VEO 2 system. The new VEO 2 will enable us to offer all the existing benefits back to the clubs involved. Plus the new features of being able to offer live streaming to our communities, plus the new design ensures less water droplets forming on the lenses and greater protection against damage. We would love to be able to show matches such as our Womens teams, Under 18s and where possible Mens football matches live on the internet for all to enjoy.
But ultimately, if we can raise enough to cover the repair of the original VEO that will be fantastic.
We would love to be in a position where we could afford to pay for the VEO system again ourselves, but in these times where additional budgets are not available and the cost of living crisis is hitting crowd numbers. The destruction of the existing VEO has come at a bad time for everyone involved.
What will you get if you donate?
We're looking for 120 people to donate £10 or more if you can. We'll also look to recognise your support within the ground if you pledge £10 or more.
If someone generous comes and wants to "pay the lot" - we'll make sure that any money raised above and beyond goes into our supporter and community programmes such as tickets for low income families and school children.
How you can play your part in making this a success
There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.
1. Make a pledge and claim your reward. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!
2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.