Chester have confirmed their participation in the National League North play-offs, with the club’s players deciding to donate their contractual entitlements back to the club.

The club explain: “Having undertaken a detailed analysis of the financial and operational commitments involved, the board unanimously agreed we can finish this season on the pitch and challenge for promotion to the National League without risking the financial security of our club.”

The Blues finished 6th in the National League North following the points per game method being applied to the season, and they will face Altrincham as a result.

A statement goes on to add: “The club will incur significant expense as a result of participating in the play-offs due to the testing requirements, staff returning from furlough leave and Covid-19 safety measures. However, we have taken steps to mitigate this and believe this decision reflects the wishes and ambitions of our members.

“This week, we will be launching #InItTogether to raise funds specifically for the play-offs. The response to Boost the Budget has been incredible, with £86,604 raised already, and we thank everyone who has pledged so far, but we are committed to conserving these funds for the 2020/21 playing budget.”

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