Boston United chairman David Newton has shared his thoughts on the issue of funding for National League clubs to continue the season.

The discussion has moved to the forefront just recently, with clubs at Steps 1 and 2 of non-league asked for their stance over the options outlined for the 2020/21 campaign.

With further funding available in the form of loans instead of grants, there has been understandable concern expressed by numerous clubs over pursuing such an option.

Pilgrims chairman Newton said as part of a statement: “Although the funding is primarily based on loans, it was also made very clear that grants will be available for those clubs that would not be in a position to repay loans. The terms of any loans are also extremely favourable; up to 20 years to repay with an initial four-year holiday period, and at only 2% interest rate.

“All clubs applied to the league to play the season, and have commenced the playing of the season, so we believe that we all have an obligation to complete the season if possible. The funding available also recognised the community work that we all do, and it will also underpin that.

“It was apparent that clubs with urgent financial issues will be supported by Sport England and/or the National League. We feel strongly that, with the above generous support available, the National League should be instructing the clubs to play, as there are no financial reasons why they should not do so.

“All the clubs have good Covid procedures in place, and they could be improved further through the funding available, if the costs are included in any funding bids to Sport England. At the start of the season, we received £10 million of very generous government funding, and if clubs now choose to not take up the offer of further funding, that £10 million of support will have been wasted.

“I believe we have a moral obligation to ensure that does not happen.”

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