Following the Championship league update the Cornish Pirates are launching a funding appeal to help support the Club with the increased Covid related costs needed to participate in the 2020/21 season.
Negotiations with Sport England under the Sport Winter Survival Package have enabled the Club to take on a loan to help subsidise the huge loss of income for this season, but unfortunately, with no grant available to support the additional Covid related costs of testing and operational requirements, the Club is left to face these costs over and above planned budgets. Testing alone is expected to be in excess of £100,000.
With the 2019/20 season cut short back in March 2020 the Club has been unable to generate any significant income stream for nearly 12 months. The support received to date has been overwhelming, with donations and merchandise purchases helping us offset some of our ongoing costs to keep the playing squad together. Our aim has always been to protect the future of the Club and we have worked hard to consistently be one of the top Championship sides, developing high quality players along the way. Our supporters have always been at the heart of this and we are proud to be a part of the huge Pirates family that exists, not just in Cornwall but across the country… and indeed the world!
This plea comes to anyone who may be able to help support these additional costs required to meet Covid requirements… to be able to bring rugby back, for our players, for our supporters and for our future. #Pledge4Pirates
We are currently unsure as to when we will be able to welcome fans back to the Mennaye and generate much needed match day income but supporters will be able to watch at home via a pay per view live stream. This will be available on a match-by-match basis and we hope to be able to also offer a discounted ‘season pass’ for all home games. More information will follow on this over coming weeks.
Championship rugby is back and we can’t wait to take our place in it showcasing our passion for rugby and huge talent on offer, but we need your support!
is available now!
Sam Coogan has expressed sincere appreciation to the club for aiding his personal development
Rugby grounds demand all-year-round attention, and in that respect the Mennaye Fields are no different