For the love of the game…

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The upcoming screening of NEXT GOAL WINS on Saturday 27th June is an exciting collaboration between Pop Up Docs and The Big Bath City Bid. Oliver Holtaway explains a little more about what this important local project is trying to achieve…

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The Big Bath City Bid is an initiative that aims to take Bath City FC into community ownership. This means giving the entire community a say in how the club is run, and putting community benefit at the core of the club’s constitution. If we are successful, Bath City FC will become a members-owned club run on a “one member, one vote” model – similar to AFC Wimbledon or FC Barcelona.

We are especially pleased to be partnering with Pop Up Docs on this event. Over the last ten years Bath has seen a boom in the arts and creative industries, attracting graphic designers, film production companies, brand and marketing experts as well as coders and programmers. A community-owned Bath City FC would throw the doors open to Bath’s creatives and invite them to breathe new life into the club. We want Bath City to become a hub of exciting activity where everyone’s talents can find rewarding and meaningful expression.

We need to raise at least £750,000 by 4 September. Sounds like a lot? Well it’s been done before, in the very pub where we are holding this screening! To do this we are selling community shares for a minimum purchase of £250. To find out more about how you can get behind the bid, please visit bigbathcitybid.org.uk3872879

The film’s co-director Mike Brett is an AFC Wimbledon fan and sent us this message of support:

“Given the current state of governance in football, there’s never been a more important time for fans to work together, take control of the clubs they love and keep alive the communal values that make this the people’s game.

The Bath City Bid epitomises all that is good about grassroots football support, and shows how integral local clubs can be to their local communities.

Achieving fan ownership isn’t easy, and there will always be challenges along the way, but – as they say in Pago Pago – “fa’a malosi!” (“stay strong!”) and you can achieve anything.”

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