I hope this letter finds you and your families and friends safe and well. It has certainly been a strange and unprecedented time for everyone as we came to terms with Covid-19. But with Pubs (my favourite!) and restaurants opening again and finally being able to get my hair cut let us hope things get back to normal as soon as they can.
As you will have heard by now though Championship and League 1 Rugby League have fallen victim to circumstance and the 2020 season has been formally cancelled. This is obviously of huge disappointment to everybody involved in the game and we at Hunslet are no different. It is of paramount importance that we only return to play both when it is safe to do so and when it will be financially viable. Unfortunately costs of both testing and potentially playing behind closed doors or in front of socially distanced crowds at neutral, multi-game, venues currently prevent us from returning. To that end we feel that the RFL had no choice but to reach the decision to cancel the season.
Obviously with cancellation comes consequence and we have a duty to offer Season Ticket refunds to all our supporters who purchased them for 2020. Having already spoken to several supporters I am aware though that there will be a majority who are prepared to see their Season Ticket purchase as a donation to the Club. There is no doubt that these are exceedingly difficult times for all and if there is any way that individuals can pull together and support the Club by not seeking a refund that would be terrific. I do realise, however, that there may be some people who need their money returned and if that is the case, I would like to offer up a couple of options:
- A full refund
- Donating 50% to the Club and taking a 25% reduction on your Season ticket price for 2021 and 2022 to help us ease our cashflow
Could I ask anyone wanting to use either option to please email Peter Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 31 August after which time we will assume that those who have not been in touch are content to donate their repayment back to the Club.
In the meantime, please stay safe and hopefully we will all be back watching Rugby League at South Leeds Stadium in 2021.
“And so we Shall again”