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As you will know, along with the rest of the country, we have been significantly impacted by the COVID-
From the 17th March, the club has been shut and all playing or coaching activities have been suspended. The main impact has been on the ability to play rugby and the corresponding finances.
In terms of rugby, players are linked in through various social media platforms and the coaches are maintaining personal contact; checking on welfare, encouraging training etc. to ensure we are ready to return to training as soon as we are allowed to -
The financial impact on the club is potentially significant. Almost immediately, the Exec Committee (who continue to meet virtually) set about addressing all areas of discretionary spend. The austerity measures implemented over the last few years have left us well placed to manage on limited income streams. In addition, we have succeeded in obtaining government funding to address the impact on clubs like ours. These collective measures mean that we should not be any further financially disadvantaged as we head towards the end of summer. However, we have obviously had a number of key income generating cancellations and we will need to develop more robust contingencies should national isolation measures continue into the new season.
Whilst social distancing presents obvious challenges we are using the opportunity to get ahead where we can for next season. Rugby management are continuing to plan for an autumn return at the latest with a key focus being player retention and the rebuilding of our 3rd team. The minis and juniors remain in contact as we continue to build on our playing numbers. Off the pitch we will be reviewing our strategies for communications and sponsorship and we are also seeking a replacement to our Treasurer. If any members have any interest or expertise in this or any other areas we would very much welcome a discussion.
We hope this brief update has been of interest and please do feedback any comments. We plan to produce regular updates as we move through spring and into summer.
Yours in rugby
Ray French (President), Tom Jackson (Chairman)
LSH v WEST PARK
7 March 2020,
The last match action
at Moss Lane before