Following the record-breaking event last year, Non-League Day will return for a sixth consecutive season on Saturday 10th October 2015. With England playing on Saturday during the September international break, the October date provides a perfect opportunity for non-league clubs to think of new and exciting ways to attract fans through their gates.
Once again, we will be partnering with Prostate Cancer UK in an effort to raise funds for, and awareness of, an illness that affects thousands of men in Britain every year.
Non-League Day remains a totally volunteer-run initiative. If you would like to help promote this year’s event, please get in touch with us HERE Further details will be released in due course.
Non-League Day partners with The Football Association to promote 2015 FA Trophy Final
The last five years have seen Non-League Day (NLD) grow from being an event on Facebook to an annual national campaign which has grabbed the attention of clubs, leagues, the media and most importantly the fans.
As NLD has grown we’ve received many requests to run a second event during the season to get even more people involved. Given the huge amount of time and effort and to preserve the uniqueness of NLD, we’ve never really been able to entertain this idea but have thought about other ways we could do things.
Our favourite alternative was to create an event where, rather than send football fans to a wide variety of grounds around the country, we would encourage them to head to just one ground, bringing as many members of the non-league community together in the same place at the same time. We just weren’t quite sure how to do this.
It then came to our attention that this year’s FA Trophy Final is taking place on Sunday 29th March during the spring international break. Being on the Sunday, it allows fans of virtually every team in the country - whether they follow a club in the Premier League, Football League or non-league - to take part.
We have therefore partnered with The Football Association in an initiative to try and mobilise fans in a different way and bring as many of us together at the country’s national stadium for one of the non-league game’s most prestigious finals.
The FA Trophy Final photo competition
To celebrate this occasion/partnership, we will be running a photo competition where snappers of all ages will be offered the chance to see their best non-league pictures published in the match day programme, displayed on the stadium’s big screens and win tickets for the match itself.
To enter, simply attend a non-league match and upload your photos on to Instagram or Twitter using #myfanphoto. Closing date is 10PM on Saturday 7th March.
Alternatively you can email your entry by clicking HERE.
A panel of respected non-league photographers will judge the five best entries in each category (adults and under-18s) with the winners contacted shortly afterwards.
In the weeks leading up to the game we will also be giving away further tickets via our social media channels in other competitions so there will be plenty of opportunities to take part.
Tickets for the game itself go on sale on Monday 16th February and are only £20 for adults, £10 concessions and £7.50 for U16s*. These prices decrease still further if booked for a group of 15 or more.
We hope you like this idea and will think about joining us in trying to turn Wembley into the centre of the non-league football world for one afternoon on Sunday 29th March.
Founder, Non-League Day
*(if purchased before the 4th March).