Dear Parents, Guardians and Players,
We hope that you and your family are all keeping safe and well during this unprecedented time.
As you will all be aware, we have unfortunately had to end the 2019/20 season early in order to protect the health and well-being of everyone involved in Clifton United in these unprecedented times. But we are keen to look forward to next season and begin our preparations in the hope that we will be able to return to some level of normality come September and kick off our 2020/21 season.
Normally at this time of year, we would begin asking everyone to sign up and pay for next season, but we know it would seem odd for all of us to just carry on as normal given we can’t predict with any certainty what the future holds. This also makes it challenging for the club to set an overall budget and player subs levels for next season.
To allow us to move forward positively, we have thought carefully about an approach that recognises the uncertainty and increased financial pressures that many of you will be facing but at the same time lays the foundations we need to be able to re start playing football as soon as it is safe to do so. We sincerely hope this will mean the new season starting in September 2020, with training and matches resuming as normal from then.
To that end, we have decided to proceed with player registrations for 2020/21 but to only ask for a £30 deposit from each player rather than the full annual subs for the time being. This will help us greatly when registering teams into the local leagues and planning our coaching requirements for the season. If, for some reason, you later decide not to continue with Clifton United then we would arrange for a refund of any monies paid.
Once we have greater certainty about what we will be doing to restart football, we will finalise subs levels and ask you to pay the balance prior to the start of the season, whenever that is. We expect subs levels to be in line with this season, and are hoping to provide a small reduction to players given this season was curtailed. Whilst the club will have saved money by not needing pitches or referees for the last few weeks, we will not see the income from our annual tournament which usually gives us a buffer against increased costs and additional expenses during the season. We are a ‘not for profit’ club, run by volunteers and aim to provide the best coaching and facilities in the area and we expect this to continue once we restart next season.
Our on line regulation system is now available, so if you child wishes to continue playing for Clifton United next season, please can you register them now and pay your deposit. We are asking for all those that wish to continue to register by the 31st May 2020. Please follow the link below to access the registration and payment system or see. You will need a debit or credit card when you register in order to pay your deposit on line.