Kidderminster Harriers CEO Neil Male has offered his perspective on further funding arrangements for National League clubs this season.

Having been part of a meeting with the DCMS, Sport England and other National League clubs, Male has said as part of a statement:

“While the DCMS and Sport England were able to provide some details to us, the most concerning factor was the process of applying for and obtaining a loan or grant, should clubs want to explore this option, is to take at least two to three weeks. In the interim however, clubs will be asked next week by the National League to provide a ‘vote’ on what they see as the future for this season.

“The primary issue with this is that it gives clubs no time to fully examine the process and detail involved in loans or grants before then, or know whether or not any application is successful, and during this time, we are still incurring significant costs to the business without that support in place. I would state on record that there has been a considered improvement in communication between the National League and clubs following Mark Ives’ appointment and I thank him for that.

“However, as yet, there is no clarity on what specifically our ‘voting’ options will be next week, or how those votes will be allocated. In short, with two thirds of the season still to play, we will be asked to effectively buy a house without seeing it first.

“As a board and a club, we find that very difficult to accept.”

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