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Non-League Day: BBC shine spotlight on community-owned club

The FSA has long supported the work behind Non-League Day, and this year the BBC joined in and helped shine the spotlight on one of our community-owned clubs, Scarborough Athletic, by bringing Football Focus to the Flamingo Land Stadium on Saturday.  

Established in 2010, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer-led community football. Typically held during an international break, it encourages fans of clubs who don’t have fixtures that day to provide much-needed support to their local clubs throughout the pyramid.

And last weekend, FSA Award winner Alex Scott, Glenn Murray and the BBC crew visited the National League North club – helping to showcase the excellent work that’s being done in North Yorkshire.

Sadly, they didn’t bring them any luck, as the hosts went on to lose 1-0 to Southport on the day.

Trevor Bull, Scarborough’s chairman, said: “Non-League Day is something very special as it gives us all a platform to shout about what’s great about our club and hopefully attract more people to come along and have a look.”

“We had the added bonus this year of hosting BBC Football Focus who were keen to tell our story. It was a great honour for us to host the programme and what made it easier was that everyone involved from BBC Sport really understood this level of football.

“The day itself was a great experience for us all at the club and we’ve already seen an uplift in people wanting to be part of what we’re trying to achieve with hundreds of people from all over the world applying to become member shareholders.”

You can catch up on Football Focus on BBC iPlayer, or find some behind-the-scenes footage on the club’s YouTube channel linked below.

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