04 Feb 2021 : Chairman's Update - Week 2
As mentioned in last week's update, we were asked to complete a survey on the continuation of the season by the FA. They have since provided us with an update to tell us that 99.1% of clubs at Steps 3 and 4 (we are Step 4) returned the survey. The results are with the FA's Alliance and Leagues Committees who will propose a way forward. Any proposal will have to be approved by the FA Council. Once we know their decision, we will let fans know.
Obviously, there isn't much we can do right now with the country still being in lockdown but the sooner we know what the future holds, the sooner we can start planning.
On the subject of planning, I have discussed this with Calum and rest assured that he has lots of plans for when we are allowed to play football again. Once we know what will happen with the season, I will meet with Calum again to finalise his plans and we will then share them with you all.
The 200 Club
The January 200 Club draw was done on the 31st January and I wanted to take the opportunity to apologise again for the delays with the previous months draws. I take full responsibility and I will ensure all future draws are done on time. The 200 Club is an important fundraiser for the club, and we do not take that support for granted. You can join the 200 Club via the link below:
As everyone who went to our festive home fixtures is aware, we had a floodlight issue which meant we had some temporary floodlights in place. The floodlight has not been fixed yet, but we have been assured that it will be fixed in the next few weeks. By the time we are out of lockdown and can start using the pitch again, all floodlights should be fully functional.
Peter Cartledge and I, along with Grounds Manager Jeff Jago took part in an online meeting with the various partners involved in the Hybrid Pitch Project and Bootle FC (who also got a hybrid pitch). It was a very useful meeting, and we were able to provide some feedback on the pitch. Overall, the pitch is amazing and there have been a few games that would have been postponed if it wasn't for the hybrid pitch, as anyone who got soaked at the Marine (how apt!) game can attest to. There is still time to become one of our Pitch Heroes via the link below:
FA Club Programme
The club will be taking part in the FA Club Programme which is a scheme run by the FA to give clubs free access to professional support with the aim to develop healthy, sustainable community focused clubs for the future. The areas of expertise available includes Accounting, Facility Development, Marketing and Promotion and Funding Applications. We have volunteered to take a part in a consultation event and Peter Cartledge and I, hope to attend this seminar on the 12th February. This is an exciting opportunity for us to tap into some real expertise to help us move this club forward.
COVID-19 Grant Funding
Several grants have been made available for businesses affected by lockdown. We have applied to Halton Borough Council for grants for businesses in relation to the local and national restrictions and we will be receiving just over £7000.
A Football Winter Survival Package has been made available and will be administered by the Football Foundation. Clubs at our level can apply for up to £15,000 but this grant application is much more specific than the Halton Borough Council application. We can apply for specific funding for things like lease payments, utility costs, essential pitch and stadium maintenance and other financial costs. We will be working on our application and will submit it before the 14th February deadline.
I wanted to reassure everyone that your club is in good hands and we will survive this national crisis and come out of it stronger than ever.
Chairman - Runcorn Linnets FC
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