Chester’s board say they have written to the National League seeking ‘an urgent update regarding continued financial support for its member clubs.’

A number of players have joined the Blues this season in the National League North and committed to initially playing for free.

Like many of their contemporaries, Chester have expressed concern over support plans for clubs during the continuing pandemic.

A statement today begins: “Prior to the commencement of the season, the National League confirmed Government support was in place to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning and said this should provide ‘confidence’ to its members.

“Chester FC, alongside our National League North counterparts, committed to start this season playing behind doors on this basis.

“While the distribution model employed for the funding received to date remains of separate debate, what was clear is that this funding was only intended to support clubs up to the end of December 2020.

“We are concerned that having now entered January and almost 50 days since the £11 million Sport England funding package for the National League was announced, clubs have not received any communication or guidance as to the makeup of these monies or its distribution.”

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