Leamington chairman Jim Scott has urged for National League clubs to be awarded grants to continue the season.

The uncertainty continues for clubs, with Step 1 and 2 sides recently informed that any further financial support would be in the form of loans and not grants.

Brakes chairman Scott said as part of a statement: “All clubs started the season on the understanding that grants would be in place if crowds did not return. Players’ contracts are for the season or 12 months; as soon as we started the season, we were duty-bound by law as clubs to pay those contracts in their entirety.

“Whatever the understanding of the National League/FA/DCMS was on such future funding post-New Year, the reality is that clubs’ futures are endangered through being caught in the middle of a dispute between those three bodies. If we had been advised that future funding was in the shape of loans, none of the clubs would have commenced the season.”

Scott went on to add: “We are hugely grateful for the government support already provided but would never have placed our clubs’ futures in jeopardy if we had been advised of funding being in the form of loans, we would have just mothballed our clubs for the season. So whilst I understand the government’s position of being equitable to all sporting organisations, we as clubs find ourselves trapped by a situation not of our own making.

“DCMS please see sense and make grants the provision. It is not going to cost you any more than your current stance.

“We want our clubs to be around for the long-term, continuing to provide huge community benefits.”


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