Scarborough RUFC launch precautionary measures amid coronavirus challenges

Scarborough RUFC's board of directors have launched measures to ensure financially sustainability amid challenging times following the widespread challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak.

By Daniel Gregory
Thursday, 19th March 2020, 4:50 pm
Scarborough RUFC's Silver Royd HQ
Scarborough RUFC's Silver Royd HQ

With the postponement of all rugby activities by the RFU meaning Scarborough RUFC's senior and junior fixtures have been suspended until further notice, the club's board of directors have sprung into action and launched a series of measures to help keep things on a financially even keel.

A club statement read: "The coronavirus COVID-19 is having an unprecedented effect on all of our lives. Families, businesses, workers and organisations are facing challenges on a daily basis which have not been seen by most of us in our lifetime.

"Scarborough RUFC is also facing disruption to our operations beyond anything that could have been anticipated in ordinary times. Last night the Board of Directors had a special meeting to review our actions to date and plan for the coming challenges ahead."

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Some of the key points the SRUFC board will be prioritising over the coming weeks are the safety and well-being of all staff, members and users, protecting the jobs and livelihoods of employees and ensuring the long term sustainability of Scarborough Rugby Union Football Club.

The statement added: "These are not insignificant challenges and members should not underestimate the steps we may have to take to achieve all of these objectives.

"We entered this difficult period in good financial health however our various forward financial models all show a huge drop in revenue over the next two to five months.

"This would cause difficulties for any business and we are no different."

The club announced that Baron's Health & Fitness, the Scarborough Squash Academy and Hartley's Cafe will remain open with extra precautions in place, while operating with a skeleton staff and closing their facilities upstairs.

Should they be forced to close in coming days or weeks, the club will also be rewarding members who maintain their direct debits with a reduced rate once they're able to re-open.