03:58PM, Thursday 02 April 2020
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Maidenhead RFC chairman Stephen Bough believes the coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent cancelation of rugby across the country could cost the club in the region of £30,000.
Rugby at all levels of the club was brought to a shuddering halt by the virus earlier this month and with no prospect of play until the start of next season at the earliest, Maids – like all clubs up and down the land – are starting to count the costs.
The loss of income is being felt immediately, while the club had planned to host a Sportsman’s Lunch, featuring Sir Clive Woodward, Martin Bayfield, Will Greenwood and Geoff Miller later this summer which has also been cancelled.
However, the club has been run prudentially in recent years and work has also been taking place in recent weeks to negate the financial impact. It means that the club will be able to honour its contracts with head coach David Mobbs-Smith and commercial manager Dominic Birch.
In his club update this week, Bough said: “I hope you are all well and that you are coping with our forced seclusion. I think the hardest days for me are Saturday and Sunday when its brought home how important the club is to us all and how much I miss it.
“But we must look on the positive side, stay safe and look after each other, and to a massive party when the time comes.
“As far as our finances are concerned we have been undertaking some essential housework to protect ourselves financially wherever possible. The immediate financial effect of the shutdown has cost the club in the region of £30,000 through lost income from a number of sources, excluding the revenue we would have made from the summer dinner and summer party.
“However, Dom has been working hard to reduce some of our unnecessary costs, such as Sky Sports and BT subscriptions, waste disposal and the return of unused beer supplies, reducing key service fees.
“Overall, we are in an ok place, although we will have to look hard at some of the clubhouse improvement projects that we had planned for the summer. We will be honouring our contracts with regards to Dom and Mobbs as I believe at times like this we support and look after our own, and both are still undertaking essential work for the club across a number of areas.”
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