In the first of a series of updates, chief exec Bill Williams reflects on what are extraordinary times…
How are you all doing? I hope you, your friends and family are coping as best you can with what are extraordinary times.
My thoughts are very much with those affected by Coronavirus and everyone working in the NHS, other public services and all the various companies doing their best to keep some semblance of normality.
While there’s certainly more to life than football at this time, I’ve been struck by the stories that have been emerging from clubs across the country during the past 48 hours. Some of them are staggering and the impact will be far-reaching.
Terry, Oliver and I have been in regular contact by phone and email in recent days. While grassroots football is suspended until Friday 3rd April, few expect a restart thereafter – especially with institutes such as schools and colleges closing for the foreseeable.
We are assessing the impact to the business, which as you know is a multifaceted one. Not only is there a loss of match day income but that from pitch and room hires etc.
We are providing information to The National League, who in turn are liaising with The Football Association and Government. What becomes of that remains to the seen but we will co-operate fully with any requests like that.
You may have seen that the Chancellor made an announcement on business support packages yesterday and we’re exploring if any of those are relevant to us.
As I said on Monday, this situation is unprecedented. We’re learning and adapting all the time to best safeguard the business and our football club.
I’ll update you soon and thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support – they’re really appreciated.
Stay safe and look after one another.