Student supports non-league football clubs during lockdown
A business student at South Essex College is reaching out to help non-league football clubs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ben Piper won the college’s version of ‘Dragons’ Den’ last year with his business where he buys and sells football memorabilia.
He is now using his venture to help non-league clubs in need during the coronavirus crisis.
Ben’s venture began when he sourced items from car boot sales and charity shops. Now he works with football clubs and manufactures across the UK.
Ben has worked closely with Chester City FC selling the club’s memorabilia, often buying in bulk to sell the items individually. He has now decided to donate 5% from the sales of Chester City FC goods back to the club, and is reaching out to other non-league clubs offering to sell items on his eBay store.
The 18-year-old from Rayleigh said non-league clubs were being hit particularly hard as many do not have online stores and rely on their stadium shops to sell goods, which are obviously closed owing to the pandemic.
He added: “Nobody really knows how expensive it is to run a football club and in non-league there are no millionaire owners. Currently I am reaching out to all non-league clubs to offer my support, this may include me buying in bulk from them or offering them to sell items on my eBay store as some of them don’t have online stores.
“My message to every football supporter is there are more leagues other than the Premier League, and remember there are hundreds of English teams struggling to keep their heads above water at the moment.”
You can view Ben’s eBay store here www.ebay.co.uk/usr/originalfootballmemorabilia-1
To contact Ben, email email@example.com