Covid 19 - Statement on Current Position and Next Steps
As all players, supporters, members, season ticket holders and sponsors will be aware, the current season has now been paused until the 6th March and the Northern Premier League have proposed, along with other leagues at our level, that the season be brought to an end with it being null and voided.
The process now to be progressed is that all clubs at Steps 3-4 including ourselves will be surveyed (not a vote) for their views by the FA. The FA’s Alliance Committee will then analyse the results and make a recommendation to the FA who will make the final decision. We don’t know the timing of this process and await the survey.
The Board of Ossett United recognise the significant challenges currently being presented by Covid and can’t see a position where the current season can reasonably be completed in an appropriate timescale and, therefore, we are supportive of nulling and voiding the current season. Our view on this would only change if things improved drastically and restrictions significantly reduced allowing us to be financially resilient, although in all honesty we can’t see this happening any time soon.
For supporters generally we welcome your ongoing support for the club and we look forward to seeing you back at Ingfield sometime in 2021.
For season ticket holders, we very much recognise that you have paid for season tickets for this current season and as soon as we know what is happening we will confirm our intentions looking forward. Please be assured that we very much value your support and will want to ensure that you get value for money for the funds you have paid for your 2020/21 season ticket.
For our members, your monthly membership fees have been critically important in supporting our financial sustainability during the Covid 19 pandemic and the Board would like to extend our sincere thanks for your support to Ossett United during this difficult time. We very much recognise that you are not currently receiving value for money form your membership and as soon as we know exactly what is happening this season we will consider a range of options to make sure that your support, financially and otherwise, is fully recognised.
And for our sponsors, your ongoing support has been critically important in supporting our financial sustainability during the pandemic and the Board would like to extend our sincere thanks for your support to Ossett United during this difficult time. We very much recognise that you are not currently receiving value for money form your sponsorship and as soon as we know exactly what is happening this season we will again consider a range of options to make sure that your support, financial and otherwise, is fully recognised.
In the meantime thank you for your ongoing support to Ossett United - whilst things are extremely challenging the Board of Ossett United are confident that with your support we can get through this and come out of this even stronger.
Most of all, please keep yourself and your family safe and take care.
Chairman, on Behalf of the Board of Ossett United