When their league season was cancelled, Royston Town had at least five home games to play. But with the bar and clubhouse closed, they’ve had to cancel a number of functions including their annual beer and music festival.
As a result, the club will suffer a shortfall in revenue of more than £50,000 and now needs to find ways to ensure its well-being and continue its recent growth.
Chairman Steve Jackson said: “As a club we’re suffering from the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and UK-wide lockdown. Of course, the health and wellbeing of the Royston Town family is our main priority, but we’ve seen our incomes decimated by this crisis. Losing out on vital revenue impacts what we can achieve on and off the pitch in Royston and our wider community.
“The board and club volunteers have put in place measures to help support the club during this time, but with no idea when we’ll play again or when we can reopen the clubhouse, our income streams have virtually disappeared. As a result, we’d like to reach out to fans to donate whatever they can to help ‘Keep the Crows Flying’. We estimate we’ll need around £20,000 to ensure our club remains where it was before COVID-19 and ensuring it can continue its progress as part of the town, which needs and deserves a club playing at the highest possible level. We hope we can soon return to playing games at Garden Walk but until then schemes such as these are crucial.”
All donations will be put the club in a stronger position in the coming weeks and months, with all donors recognised on a ‘Wall of Support’ at Garden Walk.
To donate, go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keep-the-crows-flying