Tonbridge Angels have indicated their preference for the season to be suspended.
Clubs were presented with three options by the National League earlier this week over financial support to continue the current season:
- Clubs applying for government loans, with loans repayable at 2% interest over ten years with no interest or repayments for the first two years. Applications to be assessed on an individual basis against strict criteria.
- The National League to take on the loan from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), to be distributed to clubs as grants. This would impact on future central distributions, due to the National League being responsible for repayment. Grant applications would be assessed based on need.
- Suspending the season, allowing clubs to access the furlough scheme. A decision on how to resume the season to be taken at a later date. There will be no loans or grants available to clubs, though those experiencing financial hardship can submit independent applications to Sport England for support.
National League South Angels have stated that their ‘unanimous decision’ is the option of suspending the campaign.
Chairman Dave Netherstreet has said: “With no real certainty as to when restrictions will be eased or lifted completely, to commit to unknown levels of debt, whether direct or indirect, seems to us a dangerous and foolhardy path down which to proceed.
“We want our supporters to be able to return to a thriving community club once this terrible pandemic is over.”