This is a first time post from Balham Blazers Football Club. I expect some of you will know of us already. For those who don't we are Balham based and train and play all over the borough.
At the moment we (and some other clubs) are having a problem with scammers going door to door purporting to collect money for us or for football tours with us. I have had the same thing at my own house in Ellerton Road but they were supposedly collecting for a different club so I didn't clock the scam. They were very good and ticked all the boxes. They were boys in their mid teens, well turned out, not shifty looking, local accents, forms with logos on etc and I gave them £20 - like you do - without really looking at which club it was they were collecting for.
Clearly, though, it wasn't Blazers or I would have clocked it!
Therefore it is safe to assume that a number of clubs' names are being used in this
Blazers rely heavily on our fundraising (which we never do door to door) and
so we don't want people falling for this scam like I did and, perhaps, not
donating to us when we are really raising money.
We have reported the incidents (we know of more than a few now) to the police but it would be great if people could see if they can get number plates for the cars these guys travel in or to take sponsorship forms from them. It would also be useful to know which other clubs' names are being used.
Ultimately, though, we need to make sure that they don't profit from this so that we, and the other clubs whose names they use, don't lose much needed donations.