The Chairman of Bedford Athletic Rugby Club, David August, has today appealed for financial help from members and the general public as the coronavirus pandemic has caused a total shutdown, putting the immediate future of the club at risk.
While the club has been financially stable for a number of years now, all income streams have ceased as the club are no longer able to receive hall bookings throughout the day or the evening.
The bar and the kitchen are also closed as the club is following the strict Government advice to shut down throughout the course of the pandemic.
However, despite no revenue coming in, the club still have to pay “a significant sum” of rent to Bedford Borough Council, utility bills and insurance, although the club are working hard to negotiate with the authorities to try and save as much money as they can.
The club has also had to put all staff on an indefinite leave of absence as they will not be able to pay them.
The Bedford Independent has seen a copy of the letter from Mr August asking for urgent assistance stating, “The coronavirus pandemic has tipped us in one leap from being reasonably financially self sufficient to a financial position of considerable peril.”
“In addition to being a decent rugby club which we all support, the Ath is also a small business and we are in danger now of ceasing to be either.”
“We are waiting for the RFU to advise as to how (if at all), it will be prepared to financially assist rugby clubs such as ours.”
“However, we cannot wait for Twickenham. We need some income now and our bank account is now at zero after payments, including to members of staff, which had to be paid.”
“We are therefore now looking for help from you all to get us through these unprecedented times.”
All donations are gratefully received, and can be made by contacting David August on 07770982199 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.