Official Club Update

 

Scarborough Athletic FC Board Update, 19.03.20

Following the suspension of the Northern Premier League fixtures, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the club has been working on contingency plans to mitigate the impact of this unprecedented emergency. Our immediate priority and actions have been focused on the health and wellbeing of players, supporters, staff, and volunteers across the entire club.

In response to the announcement of a complete shut-down, the board met on Thursday 19th March and agreed to work to a plan that prioritises the survival of Scarborough Athletic FC. Our planning assumptions are based on no football being played until at least the summer, but we are keeping the situation under constant review. The aim is to get through until the scheduled end of this season. Beyond this point the club has few outgoings and commitments until the new season commences. If we can achieve this objective, the board can take stock and plan accordingly and with renewed confidence for the next campaign. 

In the short term the club has lost all its income from the remaining 4 home matches, as well as 2 scheduled fundraising events. This includes a considerable hit from the FC United of Manchester game, which would have been our biggest gate of the season. The issue has also been compounded by the fact that we have not had a home game since 29th February 2020.

The board deliberately set out and ran a prudent, yet competitive budget for 2019-20, with the expectation of a small surplus this year. This will clearly not be the case now. We are no different to any other club or business currently facing a critical drop in income. The board is in regular contact with the first team manager, Darren Kelly, and he is liaising with and updating the squad as the situation unfolds. 

As a 100% fan-run club, we acknowledge our standing within the community depends upon trust and we have a responsibility to The Society’s members, the club’s supporters, and the businesses of Scarborough who back us. The board wishes to reinforce and place on record its commitment and obligations to its local suppliers, businesses, and sponsors, many of whom will be facing similar pressures to the club. We would also encourage our fans to support those who support the Boro and where possible, buy local.    

Encouragingly, there have already been numerous phone calls and emails from people offering support, including the Valley Bar Seadogs and Shaun Mollon at Plazology. Our thanks to all those who have been in touch. It is important that our efforts are focused, so the club asks that supporters run any ideas past us first, in order that fundraising is not diluted. Please contact Sarah Dowey: [email protected] 

 

How you can help…

The sustainability plan has swung into action and the club and its supporters are now ramping up a series of new and existing ways to support the club over the coming days:

  • Make a donation - The Valley Bar Seadogs have kindly offered to coordinate a donations campaign for the club.  Their GoFundMe page can be accessed on the following link:  LINK HERE
  • Enjoy our Virtual Football Matches - On the four remaining home match days we will be organising an on-line replacement for your Saturday match fix.  Find out more via the LINK HERE
  • The Boro Draw - Join the Boro Draw with chance to win £250 every month. Follow this link to our website LINK HERE or contact Jack Fewster: [email protected]   
  • 2020 Club – Commit to a 10-year supporters’ package that includes a guaranteed seat, membership, hospitality and other benefits.  Follow this link for more details: LINK HERE or contact Del Gunton directly:  [email protected] 
  • Become a Member Shareholder of the club – Have a say in how your club is run.  Visit our website on the LINK HERE or contact Jack Fewster: [email protected]
  • Buy a brick – This popular scheme continues to run. Remember a loved one or show your support- LINK HERE
  • Buy official club merchandise – This is available on our website LINK HERE or at our partner OneStop on Huntriss Row, Scarborough.  All items at OneStop have now been reduced!
  • The club is actively exploring business grants and loans and is in regular contact with the Northern Premier League, the Football Association, and the Football Supporters Association.  We are particularly keen to hear from any supporters working in, or with experience of the finance / business support industry who may be able to advise the club. Contact Mick Davison: [email protected] 

To reiterate, our fundraising efforts must remain focused, so please do not organise anything without speaking to the club first. Also be aware of any potential scams and only donate or support officially endorsed initiatives.

 

And finally

Many of you reading this will remember all too well the loss of the old club in 2007. Since then we have come a long way, culminating in the memorable return home in July 2017. We are home and we want to stay here. With a concerted and collective effort, we believe that Scarborough Athletic will come through this challenging period and emerge on a sound footing, ready for the years to come.   

 

Thanks & Up the Boro!

Trevor, Fred, Nick, Sarah, Mick, Steve, Andy, Geoff, Paul, and Del

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