Why Deal Town FC
A Brief History
Originally known as Deal Cinque Ports FC the club was formed in the early 1900s, changing its’ name in 1920 to Deal Town FC. DTFC's first matches were played in the Thanet League and the East Kent League. In 1909 they joined the Eastern section of the Kent League and we saw our first title win in 1953/54 then, after a long wait, the second was achieved in 1999/2000.
The club has reached the Kent League Cup Final on five occasions; 1958, 1982, 1994, 1999, and finally in 2000. The club has made four appearances in the Kent Senior Trophy Final, winning it twice; 1983, 1991, 1995 and 2000. We have also won the Greater London League Cup in 1968.
The Millenium saw our most successful season; as well as our domestic achievements, Deal Town FC become the 1st team from Kent to lift the FA Vase with their 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium against Chippenham Town in front of a crowd of 20,083, the second biggest in the history of the competition.
About Deal Town FC Today
The club still retains a strong family and community ethos; more recently our Board of Directors have reinvigorated the club, coordinating on and off-pitch development to ensuring long-term sustainability. There is an embedded passion for football and dedication to local success in all, taking strides to refresh aspects of the club across the board. The club is moving away from a low income, low spend model towards a more integrated, sustainable model to deliver longer term growth through local partnerships and sponsorships rather than being bankrolled by a single wealthy benefactor.
These changes are beginning to take effect, with green shoots of promise showing after five years of redevelopment. Improved financial health, increased participation & new community ties are evidence that the steps the club has taken is beginning to manifest itself in setting the right foundations for future prosperity. Our strong links with the community and assisting Deal Town Rangers in training for youth football helps to tick the boxes when it comes to social responsibility for the club, and its sponsors.
We anticipate that this is just the start of a new beginning, with a bright future ahead.
On the pitch, the club’s ambition is to build on the progression seen both on and off the pitch over the past few years. We are a well-established Southern Counties East Football League (SCEFL), Premier Division team whose aspiration will be to aim for promotion in the coming years, as well as to seek to grow both our players and club. Off the pitch, there are aspirations to build upon and foster stronger community links and local partnerships with a view to providing a community centred club for future generations to join, support and enjoy into the future.
Why Sponsor Us?
As an ambitious, self-financing club, Deal Town FC's main source of income (other than holding fundraising events and match-day admission) is by relying on the generosity of local individuals and businesses to provide funding. Providing quality opportunities and experiences for our players, spectators and local community does come at a high cost to the club and, without these contributions, the club would not be able to exist in its current form or be able to achieve the goals it has set for itself in the medium to long term.
The club is not-for-profit and aims reinvests all monies raised back into the club for the good of the community. Albeit we are self-sufficient, the club has minimum overheads, which means we can scale our annual investment to meet our ambitions, ensuring the future sustainability of the club and the ability to provide opportunities to play and watch football to people of all ages and abilities for many years to come.
Being part of the SCEFL, participating in FA Competitions and Kent FA county cups means that your marketing investment can be focussed to maximise value to your business. Your branding will be exposed on over a minimum of 20 match-days, as well as to teams visiting our ground, spectators and those who hire our facilities. Additionally, there is the extended opportunity for social media exposure throughout the season.
The club has a flexible approach to sponsorship, with perks ranging from, but not limited to:
- Company logo & link on social media posts and our website's sponsors' page.
- Physical advertisement on our Club's assets.
- Opportunities to advertise at our Club's events.
- Invitations to Club events.
Alternative/supplementary perks can be arranged through negotiation, dependent on the level of sponsor commitment.
DTFC is an extremely popular and very well attended venue for many social and family functions as well as for our own match-days. With our recently built and state of the art club-house, this has become the prominent feature when entering the ground as it is adjacent to the main pitch; it is ideally situatied for exposure, as advertising in and around the ground would be seen by a wide demographic every day, year-round and not just on match days.
Whilst we are a small community club, we are committed to giving you and your company the exposure and promotion you deserve.