FA Women’s Championship club Lewes are ‘optimistic’ of pulling through a difficult financial period for football clubs due to the Coronavirus pandemic according to marketing director, Charlie Dobres.
In an official club update issued this evening on behalf of the 12 directors, Dobres commented on the financial assistance which the Government’s furlough scheme will provide to the club to get them through the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as the continued support of the council.
Lewes qualify for the support of the furlough scheme which covers their players and all non-playing staff including management, coaches and office staff. The club are optimistic that the support will be enough to see them through until the anticipated return of FA Women’s Championship football later this year.
The club could consider selling 2020/2021 season tickets early to boost cashflow or push for additional ownership income, however, Lewes do not necessarily want to put further financial strain on both their fans and the local community.
With fan and player safety being the top priority, Lewes have admitted that matches are likely to be played behind-closed-doors for a period but they are looking at ways in which all fixtures could be broadcast online with potential pay-per-view offerings an option.
In what is a troubled period for all levels of football, the message from Lewes this evening offers plenty of hope for their fans, employees and the wider footballing community. The club are ready to win their financial battle against the Coronavirus pandemic and are actively planning for their return to the pitch whenever that may be.
DIRECTORS' UPDATE – 17th April
For fans, owners and our community, here's a 4-minute video briefing about the actions taken so far by the club in response to COVID-19, the status of the Leagues we play in and how our players and staff are handling thingshttps://t.co/dd8BzGnT7w
— Lewes Football Club (@LewesFC) April 17, 2020