Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous has shared insight with supporters on the continued challenges for the club during the pandemic.

On the pitch, the Bees are now bidding to move quickly away from the bottom of the National League, following defeat to Dover Athletic earlier this week.

A subsequent statement from Kleanthous included talk of managing his business interest outside of football, the success of which carries undoubted importance for the club.

He explained: “Although the football club is paramount, we are in the middle of a global pandemic so outside of this, my time has also been spent on trying to keep together a leisure organisation which has received no government support and has been unable to operate since early-2020. This has added importance because the leisure side of the business has always underpinned the club and ensured stability.

“With our usual income streams at a standstill for almost a year now, this has been challenging to say the least. The whole infrastructure that supports these businesses has to be held together and I have been working tirelessly to ensure stability for the club so that we may return and operate one day soon.

“My priority has always been to ensure the club comes through this with some degree of stability.¬†Beyond this, we have focused on our civic duty to include running food banks, cooking and delivering home meals, MRI and CT scanning very ill and vulnerable patients for the North Middlesex & Royal Free Hospitals, hosting one of the first NHS vaccination centres in the UK and this week hosting a new NHS Blood Bank to help cope with the recent shortages at hospitals.

“I am proud of the work we are doing to support our community and save lives.”

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