There’s a revolution happening in English football and it’s starting from the grass roots. Click, drag and swipe the stickers below to read our story. We'd love you to join us for the ride.
This is the story of a unique football club: Owned, governed and run by the people. Everyone on the Board, including me, is elected by over 1,000 individual owners, our fans.
How do revolutions begin? As famous Lewes resident Tom Paine would have agreed, with people, their alliances and a common sense of purpose.
And so in Lewes, that most revolutionary of towns, in the Royal Oak pub, a football club was formed by the local cricket club using their ground, The Dripping Pan. And here we still play to this day.
One hundred and twenty five years follow of moderate non-league success as our team, backed by a series of loyal chairmen with deep pockets, rises as far as the conference league.
At the onset of the UK financial crisis the club faces the threat of liquidation and a future where big benefactor donations have run out.
If insanity is repeating the same thing and expecting different results, then football is a great case study. Unless a club has sustainable revenue, sooner or later the money will vanish. So, what’s the answer?
A former advertising guy, a finance maestro, a well- known playwright, a comedy writer, the publisher and editor of the local magazine and 100’s of fans decide it’s time to change.
The new board transform Lewes FC into a Community Benefit Society - allowing fans to become the owners of the club. A more equitable and sustainable way of doing things where you always look to benefit your local community too.
We’re trying to bring an end to the feast and famine of private ownership. Three equal objectives now exist: financial sustainability; community engagement and service; on-pitch success for our mens’ and womens’ teams.
Five years on we have successfully built: 1,000 owners from as far away as the USA; hundreds of local and national sponsors; a premiership ladies’ team; a top flight youth academy.
Opened in July 2015, our new 3G all-weather pitch is helping local schools, junior teams, community groups and private users to enjoy the best all-weather surface.
We’ve turned our club into an engine for good and we’d like to work with you. Every penny we get from sponsorship goes back into the club and its community work, because this is a club run by the fans, for the fans and of the fans.
Rethinking what a football club can be.