Covid-19 (20.08.20)

Dear All,
We hope all parents and players are keeping safe and well in these uncertain times. The committee of Mountcollins AFC have over the last number of weeks been in contact and discussing the current soccer year going forward.
It is with regret that we have decided that Mountcollins AFC will not be involved in the upcoming 2020/2021 Season. This was a decision we did not rush into and reviewed all avenues available to us and had the welfare of all players, mangers, coaches and committee members on our minds.
As a committee we took this decision, as in these uncertain times and the constant changing in relation to the virus on a weekly basis ie, rise in cases, restrictions, lock downs, limiting the amount that can attend a games,will all sporting activity been suspend over the coming months,the list goes on. We felt it was in the best interest for both Management and all team players going forward to suspend all soccer activity for 2020/2021.
We currently have no weekly revenue due to the sale of our Lottery tickets being prohibited due to the closure of our pubs, our weekly lotto ticket sales, 90 per cent of this came from sales in our local pubs and we would like to thank the publicians in Mountcollins, Brosna and Rochchapel for allowing us to sell our tickets on their premisies. With no weekly income we did not want to extra cost to be distributed to our players by raising the Membership, the club currently absorbs the cost of the insurance to allow Membership to be kept at a lowest cost for Members. Yearly you have the expense of League Fee’s referee’s fees and this year the club also have the added cost of Covid -19 signage, Sanitising Stations, Again as our weekly revenue is gone we did not want the knock on affect to be put to the Members as we always felt we had a good rate for Membership in our Club.
If the virus over the next few months escalates again and all sporting activities are suspended you are looking at having to refund Members and how do you calculate this, will the Insurance Companies refund when you cancel your Insurance Policy as no soccer is being ran.
It was a hard decision to come to but we feel we had to take all aspects into consideration. Mountcollins AFC will keep an eye on developments over the winter months and hopefully we will be back to take part in the 2021/2022 Season.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Kind regards
Mountcollins AFC Committee

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