06:30PM, Thursday 26 March 2020
Magpies CEO Jon Adams
Away from the football field, Maidenhead United chairman Peter Griffin has confirmed the club will do everything in its power to ensure non-playing staff remain in employment through this most taxing of times for the country.
Griffin said the survival of non league clubs was far more important than any club’s promotion or relegation concerns, but he’s hopeful of keeping Maidenhead’s 20 non-playing staff employed through these months of uncertainty. These include the club’s management team but also community coaches, marketing positions and administrative staff.
Like other industries football clubs will be hard hit financially by the coronavirus and the lack of incoming match day revenue, but Griffin is hopeful the club’s operations can be mothballed before returning to normal after a period of ‘hibernation’.
“This has been keeping Jon (Adams, club CEO) occupied for every waking minute,” said Griffin.
“The government has come up with a package of measures to help out, and, as a club we came to the decision that we weren’t going to make anyone unemployed.
“We’ve got the playing side of things, and then the community side – coaches, administrators, managers who run our community schemes
“With the schools closing a lot of that has stopped, although we are still providing some support for children of key workers.
“But we’ve put plans in place to keep everyone on, by just doing what the government has recommended we do.
“We’ll mothball things rather than destroy them. We won’t go down the route of just throwing it all in. We’ll try to keep it in hibernation mode and then come out of it the other end.
“We think there will be funds from government, but you never know until the money is in the bank account.”
He added: “We’ve spent years growing this club, especially the community side, and we don’t want to lose it all because of this.
“What’s happening is awful but there will be a time when we go back to normal and are able to resume where we left off.
“But we’ll need to hold our nerve and for everyone to pull together.”
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