07:00PM, Friday 19 February 2021
The lack of clarity over future funding from Government has caused Maidenhead United some concern in recent weeks, but CEO Jon Adams is confident the Magpies will be able to ‘springboard’ back into life and continue to grow once the problems of the pandemic have passed.
The club has been forced to place community coaches and staff on furlough for a couple of periods during the past 12 months, but they’ve managed to keep more of their staff engaged and involved this time around, and it remains the club’s intention to not make anyone redundant.
“The club is lucky because we were in a relatively stable position before we entered into the challenges of COVID,” said Adams.
“Many clubs at our level will have been in a more perilous position so we started from a stable base. We’ve also had the advantage of the funding we received from Government and we’re grateful for this.
“The lack of clarity around funding at this stage does cause some concern, but our approach has been to make sure we retain the opportunity to start up again, push forward again and continue to grow and develop once we’re through COVID.”
Half term holiday sessions for kids have been moved online to keep those who would have taken part active and engaged. While at the other end of the age spectrum, online stretching classes have been put on for the club’s walking footballers.
He added: “Not everyone on our community team has been furloughed this time around, and we’ve not made anyone redundant and it remains our intention to keep all of our staff on board so we’re ready to springboard again.
“You’ll see there’s a little bit more activity. There’s been some online provision and engagement in terms of community programme. It’s small, but it’s really about making sure we offer the opportunity for our younger users of the community programmes to remain engaged.
“I think this half-term for example we’re offering free 45-minute sessions for those who would have otherwise attended our holiday camps.
“They get the opportunity to play a bit of football and be active during the half-term period.
“And we’re also running an activity for our walking football programme, which is more about them undertaking stretching activities, so that when they return to football again, they can get started quickly.
“The intention has been to keep things bubbling along so that we can get going again and there’s no intention at this point to reduce our staffing.”
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