09:35AM, Saturday 28 March 2020
Maidenhead United has put most of its staff and players on furlough and asked employees to take a 20 per cent pay cut to counter the financial impact of coronavirus.
The suspension of football activities and the loss of all income streams means the club is looking ahead to a very uncertain future.
But, in a statement released yesterday (Friday) evening, chairman Peter Griffin and CEO Jon Adams said they were doing all they could to protect the club’s employees and ensure the long-term future of the club.
It read: “Over the last week we have lost all of our income streams and we now recognise that there is little prospect of generating any significant income over the coming months.
“To help navigate our way through these difficult times we have effectively places the club into hibernation. Most of our staff, including our players, have been furloughed, during which time we cannot require them to carry out duties for the club.
“What this means for the club is that over the next few months our staff resource will be minimal, and we will be relying heavily on volunteers to support our regular communication and community initiatives.
“We have also taken the difficult decision to ask all club employees, including first team management and players, to accept an immediate 20% pay cut. The response following this request was humbling and we would like to sincerely thank all our playing and non-playing staff for the commitment and support they have shown to the club when accepting this news.”
Griffin and Adams went on to say they do not believe finishing the current National League season is feasible because there is no certainty about when football can resume. They have called on the FA and National League to bring the current campaign to a quick conclusion in order for clubs to plan for and secure their financial future.
“We don’t know when football will resume. It could be three months, six months, 12 months or more. None of us know,” said the statement.
“Our view, which we understand is shared widely by clubs across the National League structure, is that the decision must be made quickly to finish the current season.
“This approach is essential if we, and other clubs like us, are to secure our financial future and plan for being ready to restart competitive football as and when the time comes for this.”
The club, however, doesn’t want to lose sight of the bigger picture and has established a community care initiative to support vulnerable people in the area who may have to self isolate in the coming weeks.
The Magpies Community Care hotline (01628 367875) is up and running for those needing such support.
The club also has a growing team of DBS approved volunteers available to help those in need. If you are interested in volunteering please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The statement continued: “We would also like to thank our Magpies in the Community coaching staff who are also volunteering their time to provide sport and physical activity sessions for the vulnerable and key worker children still attending local primary schools.
“Most importantly, we hope that all stay fit and healthy during these challenging times. Please Stay at Home to protect the NHS workers sacrificing so much for us all and to help save lives.”
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