Yeovil Town chairman Scott Priestnall has outlined his position on the ongoing issue of financial support for National League clubs.
In an open letter to supporters, Priestnall explained: “We are not looking for a handout from the tax-payer. The proposed grants will cost less than the potential cost to the public purse if our game is ended for the season and our players and staff are furloughed.
“Ourselves at Yeovil Town FC are extremely grateful for the government COVID support grant of £10m for 66 clubs in October, which enabled our clubs to start the league season and continue to play a valuable role in the heart of the community, especially when so many local people are suffering due to the pandemic. This essential grant was life-support funding as we battled the impact of Coronavirus with the loss of fans attending matches.
“Quite simply, without fans and the revenue they bring each week, we could not exist. Throughout the entire process, the offer of government support was framed as a COVID response grant, and in no written or verbal communication were the terms of the extended period amended to become loans.
“Loans simply don’t work, and as part of discussions with National League clubs, 82% voted against taking on loans.”