Paul Kelly has given an insight into the financial implications that the coronavirus pandemic might have on the non-league pyramid.

The AFC Portchester chairman is worried clubs could miss out on much-needed sponsorship and revenue beyond this season because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

It was announced by the FA on Monday that all grassroots football would be suspended for the foreseeable future.

The virtual blanket ban on sport means clubs nationwide may take a massive financial hit.

But for Portchester, who act as a ‘community hub’ to generate revenue when their ground is vacant, the coronavirus crisis could have far-reaching ramifications.

Kelly has already been informed by four community groups they are going to be suspending bookings at the Crest Finance Stadium for the time being.

But that is not the only financial concern.

Kelly admitted lower league clubs may miss out on sponsorship with local businesses feeling a hit.

“We don’t know where we are,” he assessed. “As a club, we are in the hub of the community in Portchester.”

“We have a lot of community groups that use our facility in the week when there is no football.”

Read more: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/afc-portchester-chairman-fears-promotion-hopes-are-dead-and-buried-coronavirus-halts-all-grassroots-football-2481746

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