DblCoverage.com have launched their Patreon programme – an essential next step in keeping Double Coverage covering the British game…
But what is Patreon? And why does it matter to you?
We’ll have a go at answering those questions and more, below.
Or, if you’re already convinced that you want to support DC’s mission to grow the game of British American Football? Head to Patreon.com/dblcoverage!
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a way of connecting creators and their audience. It’s a source of funding, but also so much more than that.
There’s only so much any creator can do without funding, and the reality is DC’s seven days a week of covering British American Football is only possible thanks to us transitioning into a full-time enterprise.
Patreon allows those share that DC’s goal of growing the British game to contribute directly to our efforts, while in return gaining access to rewards such as extra content and insights into DC’s direction and development.
Why does DC need a Patreon Programme?
Well, that one’s very simple: without extra funding, DC will disappear.
All our daily content, all our tables, score updates, news and promotion pieces, all our extra coverage of big events, all our goals to do SO MUCH MORE to grow the British game? Gone.
Don’t you get money from advertisers?
Yes, we do. But not nearly enough to make DC sustainable.
We have some great partners that support us in return for access to the largest British American Football Community on the internet.
But at the same time? Britball is a small sport. There aren’t any massive corporations throwing money around and frankly? We’re rather fussy who we work with.
We could cover the site in adverts for mobile games and ‘enhancement’ pills for a few extra pounds a month. Pretty much every week we get emails for article placement from one gambling website or another… but we’d much rather have a site where the only adverts we share are those of companies that share our goals and have Britball, its growth and development, as their focus and priority.
So how much will it cost me?
As little as $1, or about 70p, plus VAT. Patreon’s an American website, so it currently only accepts payments in dollars. Seven days a week of British American Football… for about the price of a chocolate bar, or packet of crisps.
You could make it a one-off payment, or perhaps a monthly commitment to keeping DC alive?
And it’s not a donation as you’ll be getting something back for your patronage.
Right from the outset, you’ll get extra insights and information about DC and its goals. You’ll also get exclusive access to extra content and for those most committed to DC’s future, the opportunity to have a say in taking the site forwards and influencing DC’s direction.
But where will the money go?
So many places!
First and foremost, into ensuring DC is able to keep doing what we do: our sustainability.
Once that’s covered, we can then shift into taking things forwards into new and exciting ventures – really advancing how we show off all the great things going on across the Britball community.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to say we’d immediately be producing weekly streams of Britball games – but the reality is we need to cover the basics first.
DC’s transition into a full-time enterprise has only been possible thanks to having a full-time staffer – that’s me! Editor and owner, Nick Wilson-Town.
I stepped away from my previous career and took on DC with the hope of making a real difference to the British game – while at the same time getting to live the dream of making a living creating content about something I was passionate about.
I knew even making ends meat would be tough, and as such I’ve gone the past 18months without actually taking a salary.
But that’s simply not sustainable, and especially given a recent change in circumstances? I realistically face the choice of finding a way for DC to allow me to provide a basic living income for me and mine… Or moving on to pastures new.
Once we can survive – and really, I’m not looking to make bank anytime soon, I just want to be able to, ya know, eat – then we get to the exciting stuff, like moving the game forwards, creating new content, finding ways to look after our ever-expanding family of contributors, etc.
I believe Britball is on the cusp of something really special – an explosion of the sport reaching a level we haven’t seen in decades… And I think Double Coverage and the 50+ awesome, passionate Britballers we have involved can have a huge role to play – supporting the game and the community in their growth and development.
DC’s goal is to support the growth of the British American Football community, but the reality is that we also need the community’s support in order to be able to grow ourselves. We’ve got HUGE plans, and we want you to be part of them.
Ultimately, DC’s survival comes down to YOU.
If you think everything we bring to Britball is worth 70p a month? Then please head to Patreon.com/DblCoverage and become a Patron of the Britball Nation.
Thank you for reading.