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After what has been a turbulent six months for everyone and in light of the most recent Government update on the return of spectators to stadiums I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our fans, sponsors, volunteers and staff for all of their support through these difficult times.
It is clear these are times of financial hardship for many industries across the world and we find ourselves in the dire situation where professional sport, for us rugby as we know it, is seriously under threat without the revenues associated with crowds and match days.
The Government support scheme has enabled us to ride out the storm thus far and we have been reluctant to go down the route of pre-selling assets such as season tickets until we received clear guidance on capacity figures/distancing measures that we will need to adhere to. Our aim is to welcome our supporters back in a safe and secure manner while maintaining the fun and relaxed atmosphere we all know and love from our sport.
Unfortunately, infection spikes mean that the guidance can change rapidly and we would hate to disappoint our fans with seats not then being available or group sizes being changed.
Rest assured we are doing everything we can to protect our Club and its future. The harsh reality of this loss in revenue possibly spanning a further period of six months is now being faced by Clubs at all levels and the impact that this will have on their communities is difficult to comprehend. There will be further discussions with the Championship Clubs and the RFU with regards to the 2020/21 season and we await any changes to the existing Government support scheme that may or may not be made to support industries such as ours.
Please bear with us and further updates will be communicated as we know more. We are missing the sound of a crowd and the buzz from a cracking game of rugby as much as you all and your messages of support, retail purchases and social media interactions really are hugely appreciated during these times.
Please all stay safe and well and we hope to see you soon.
It is the third year running that such support will be given and it is greatly appreciated
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