Batley Bulldogs have received a timely boost as they bid to raise £20,000 to install a new electronic scoreboard at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
Long time Batley supporter and the main club sponsor, Stan Whittaker, of Morley Waste Traders, has pledged to match Bulldogs’ fundraising efforts pound-for-pound, guaranteeing them £10,000.
Essential ground work would need to be carried out before the scoreboard can be installed and with previous fundraising efforts already raising £5,000 for the ground development fund, the Bulldogs are now just £5,000 short of their target.
Bulldogs chief executive Paul Harrison said: “The Whittaker family are truly great sponsors of our club and this is a tremendous gesture by Stan to help us achieve our goal.
“We are very grateful to him, his family and everyone at Morley Waste Traders. We now need to make sure their support helps this initiative to materialise.”
Chairman Kevin Nicholas explained: “For us to progress we have to meet minimum ground standards set by the RFL, one of which is an electronic scoreboard.
“As a club we have ambition under the new setup and we want nothing to hold us back. We therefore need to address the issue sooner rather than later. “