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Football fans turn to credit union

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29 Jan 16

Ayr United fans will be able to pay for season tickets in monthly instalments thanks to 1st Alliance (Ayrshire) Credit Union.

Ayr United will receive full payment for the season tickets upfront, and fans will then make monthly repayments to 1st Alliance (Ayrshire) Credit Union over the course of the year.

This arrangement is a “win-win-win” as it means the club receives the funds to help them plan for the new season, supporters can spread the cost of a season ticket into more manageable regular payments, and the credit union can attract new members and new business.

Ayr United’s Commercial Manager Graeme Miller said: “We’re really excited about the partnership and hopefully it will encourage more fans to snap up season tickets. Our fans are our lifeblood so we’re delighted to try projects like this to make our terraces more accessible.”

1st Alliance (Ayrshire) Credit Union’s Partnership Officer Craig Potter – who was once a youth trainee player with Ayr United – said: “We want to make the cost of watching the football affordable for everyone. Fans who become members with us will have the option to take a loan in order to pay for their season tickets.

“We like to think of ourselves as an ethical form of banking where everyone who signs up is a member of the bank and has a real say in its direction.”

The credit union held an information day at Somerset Park’s Hospitality Suite on Friday 29 January where fans were invited to drop in and sign up for the new scheme. Club captain Nicky Devlin joined Graeme and Craig to encourage fans to sign up (pictured).

1st Alliance (Ayrshire) Credit Union serves anyone who lives or works in Ayrshire, and has more than 4,500 members with savings of £2.2 million. Ayr United currently lie second in Scottish League One and are chasing promotion to the Championship for next season.

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