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Maidenhead United Supporters Association donation came as 'welcome surprise' and will be put to good use

A donation of more than £4,000 from the Maidenhead United Supporters Association (MUSA) has come as a welcome surprise to CEO Jon Adams, who said the money would be put to good use as the club continues to deal with the financial fall out of COVID-19.

The donation has been made to assist with the expenses of running the football club through these unprecedented times, when generating income is so difficult. It was agreed by the committee and approved by MUSA members by email.

The £4,150 will be used by the club to carry out a number of tasks it hadn’t intended doing during the current lockdown period. A broken water sprinkler will be replaced to keep the York Road surface in pristine condition for whenever competitive football returns, and chairman Peter Griffin and Adams have thanked MUSA for their generous and continued support.

Reflecting on the donation this week, Adams said: “It’s incredibly helpful. It was a pleasant surprise and very valuable to us. It will be used to enable us to do a number of things we hadn’t intended on doing. Just simple things like our watering sprinkler which has broken. We can now replace that which means we can keep the pitch watered.

“It’s quite a challenge to keep the pitch looking good with no staff, so we’ve been relying on the good will of people to support us. The pitch is still looking pretty good, but we want to make sure we can maintain it so that we’re ready to go.

“But it might also enable us to use the pitch in a different way over the summer if we want to. At the moment we’re looking at how we can be in a position to run things like summer holiday camps. If we do that we might require a bit more space to run socially distant activities. We need to ensure the pitch is bedded in by that time and won’t be damaged by those activities.”

Although lockdown measures have been eased slightly, at present the club isn’t allowed to run any form of coaching or training with under 18s. However, these rules could be relaxed in the coming weeks and Adams is keen that the Magpies are in a position to make the most of it if they are - both from the point of view of the club and the wider community.

“The FA are very clear at the moment that there shouldn’t be any coaching activity for anyone under the age of 18, so that means we really shouldn’t be doing anything at this moment in time,” he said.

“They haven’t revised that as yet. People over the age of 18 are able to receive one-to-one training, but that doesn’t make much of a difference for us and our community activities.

“We will be led by the guidance and it’s very unclear as to whether we’ll be able to deliver stuff over the summer or not. I guess the challenge is to work out whether we can deliver some activities in a way that will be safe for kids, and we think that we can because of the space we have.

“If we can I think that lots of parents would welcome the opportunity to have their kids out at these camps, being active and spending time with their friends again, because I guess most of us won’t be going away on holiday anyway. But we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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