Chesterfield fans who play the National Lottery now have the opportunity to claim free tickets for the Vanarama National League home match against Grimsby Town on Saturday, April 2 as part of the National Lottery Football Weekends campaign. Up to 500 free tickets are available.
The campaign, which is being delivered in partnership with the FA, Scottish FA, Football Association of Wales and Northern Ireland Football Association, aims to thank National Lottery players for the £12.5million of funding which helped community clubs like ours operate, and in some cases survive, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will see more than 100,000 tickets become available to National Lottery players for selected matches across the UK in March and April, with the intention of encouraging people to get behind their local team and experience the vital role these clubs play in their local community.
- One Ticket per person can be claimed by registered Chesterfield fans aged 18 or over who can produce a valid National Lottery ticket (paper or digital)
- Supporters who meet the eligibility criteria outlined above should visit the club shop and produce their National Lottery ticket
- Free tickets will not be available to claim online or by phone
- Tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 25 at 9.30am in the Club Superstore
Which National Lottery tickets can I use to claim a free ticket?
- All National Lottery products qualify, whether a draw-based game such as Lotto, EuroMillions or Set For Life, or a scratchcard or online instant win game
- The product can be purchased in store, on the National Lottery website or via the National Lottery app
- Proof of purchase can be shown in physical or digital form, for example on your mobile phone, when claiming your free ticket
Former Scotland international and National Lottery Football Weekends ambassador Ally McCoist added: “In nearly every corner of the country you will find a football club which does much more than just kick a ball around on a Saturday afternoon.
“These clubs make a difference to so many in their community and they suffered perhaps more than any other part of our game during the pandemic.
“The support of National Lottery players has been crucial in helping them survive and now you can support them again, but this time from the terraces.”
More on the campaign
The money for this campaign, as well as the initiatives with the various FAs and leagues across the UK during Covid, came from a National Lottery promotional fund. It was not funded by money allocated for National Lottery Good Causes or by Camelot.
The National Lottery is also working alongside Non-League Day, a campaign set up in 2010 to encourage supporters of clubs playing at the highest levels of the game to support their smaller local or non-league club and sample the unique matchday experience of football at local level.
The National Lottery has always played a vital role in supporting elite, community and grassroot sport in the UK. Including football, the National Lottery has invested more than £5.7billion into grassroots sport since it was established in 1994. In the last year nearly £395million was given to grassroots and elite sport good causes, funding everything from facilities to playing fields and creating opportunities for everyone to get active and improve their lives through sport.