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Updated advice for community-owned clubs

Throughout the first national lockdown in the spring of 2020 we produced and updated guidance regularly as new government schemes for coping with the shutdown and its associated effects were announced.

With lockdown returning and clubs facing an uncertain future, especially at non-league level, we have pulled together another comprehensive round of advice and information on the various Government schemes to fulfil our commitment to supporting our members, particularly our community-owned clubs.

The guidance note features information on the Winter Survival Package, business interruption loans, grant funding, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as furlough) and other Government support initiatives, as well as advice on preparations for the 2021-22 season.

We also provided a briefing paper which was drafted by our legal partners Gateley back in the spring of 2020 – it covers a range of questions clubs may have over the coming weeks and months, including commercial and contractual matters, and HR advice.

Our colleagues at Co-operatives UK have also produced some COVID-19 FAQs on HR which may be useful to community owned clubs, too.

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