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COVID-19 and the Impact on Durham County FA Ltd

The Football Association announced that due to the Coronavirus outbreak it is expected that football will be impacted by approximately £300m over the next four years and this will have an effect on the Professional Game, National Game and the Football Association.

The National Game funding reduction from The FA is expected to be £22m for each of the next four years, and this plus a loss of other streams has had a major effect on Durham County FA finances.

The main impact has resulted in the loss of three valued members of staff, through redundancy, which is a situation we would never have envisaged.

COVID-19 has also had an impact on all members and participants finances and thankfully due to funding received from the Football Foundation and Sport England, assistance has been provided regarding facilities and much needed PPE materials, this along with a grant from the Football Association, helped reduce affiliation fees for our member clubs.

Despite the financial impact on Durham County FA, the Directors decided that we should continue to subsidise the affiliation package which includes subsidies for Personal Accident Insurance and Public Liability Insurance and to continue the Start-Up grant for new adult clubs.

The reduction of staff has resulted in some changes in relation to working practices, the Durham County FA offices will now open Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 12:30pm, this is to assist with telephone queries. Due to the current situation if you wish to attend the office, it is essential an appointment is made in advance.

For staff contact details please refer to the Board & Staff section of the website.