Ballymena United’s ‘12th Man’ fund-raising initiative received a major boost last week.
When the February draw took place, the first name out for the £250 top prize was none other than club skipper Allan Jenkins!
It’s not untypical of Jenkins’ commitment to the club to sign up to a project which aims to raise vital funds for the club which will be used to strengthen the team on the pitch.
“I just thought it was a great idea and one that I’d never really seen before,” explained Jenkins.
“The idea of splitting the subscriptions equally between the members and the Club means that there’s something in it for everyone.
“Hopefully it’ll allow the Club to bring players in first and foremost as it’s all allowable under wage cap rules.
“It’s a great boost for the board, staff and players to see a new stream of income and hopefully the members will see the rewards in that.”
Allan is hopeful that more people will come on board with the ‘12th Man’ to help swell not only the monthly winnings but also the amount going directly to the parent club.
“Definitely - there’s nothing to not like about it.
“As well as the cash draws at the end of the month I’ve noticed draws for tickets and club merchandise which is nice and keeps everyone interested.
“Getting a message to say you’ve won £250 on a Wednesday night is always a nice surprise!” added a delighted Jenkins.
Uel Allen won the £150 second prize, while the £100 third prize went to Allen Stewart.