18 May 2020

UPDATE ON YOUR CLUB | 18th May

UPDATE ON YOUR CLUB - Fans Update-May.

First of all I trust you are all keeping safe and supporting friends and family.
As a Club we have of course been affected by the sad loss of several past players recently. The most recent of which was Jack Scroby who was a great servant to our Club, in many different roles and will be sadly missed. The BoD and all at Halifax RLFC would like to pass on our condolences to all the families who have recently lost loved ones.

Plenty going on behind the scenes as we not only work our way through the current challenges but also look to strengthen for the future once this is all over.

The Halifax SOS fundraising virtual weekend event, organised by Lee Kenny of Snowflake Media, was very well received by those who supported it and I am sure you will agree a very enjoyable format. I can’t emphasise enough how incredibly hard Lee worked to get this over the line. A massive thank you for all you did Lee and for the financial rewards that will come to both Halifax RFLC and Junior Sports Clubs in Halifax. Also thank you to those who sponsored, donated and watched the event.
The Club has now set up a separate account for all donations of this kind to avoid this money being swallowed up in the operational cashflow and will be a great start to building our Halifax RLFC ‘war chest’.

I am also pleased to announce that the current Board is to be strengthened with the addition of three new members and a change in roll for one of the current members.

Steve Lambert joins as Operations/Commercial Director. Steve has a wealth of knowledge in these areas and has been a previous Halifax RLFC Board member. Having now retired, he has more time now to enhance the Board with his operational expertise and commercial contacts in these areas.

Ian Croad also re-joins the Board as Director of Rugby, again having been a past Board member. His knowledge of the workings of the RFL player/agent circuit coupled with his extensive network at Board level with other Club Chairmen will no doubt prove invaluable to the Club.

Ken Jones joins in an advisory role to the Board. Ken has huge RFL experience having worked in the past for the RFL governing body and also on the front line with Featherstone Rovers, Bradford Bulls and Sheffield Eagles. Hugely respected within the game, he will add significant knowledge of the workings of Rugby League, strategy, systems and process to help build a platform for the future for Halifax RLFC.

Finally, Gary Bray will add Community Director to his current role of Fans Liaison. It is vital the Club look to re engaging further with the Town, its Community Clubs and attract new audiences to the Club in the future. More important than ever now once we eventually come out of this Pandemic.

There have been plenty meetings with the RFL regarding when we can restart and what the future landscape will look like. Two RFL focus groups are to be set up to explore all options further and report back in due course with final recommendations.
The RFL have secured a £16m Govt. loan for the game as a whole. Having spent the last 12 months getting the Club’s financial gearing, solvency position into a better place there is careful consideration being given by the BoD as to how we approach this. Any RFL loan money has to be paid back and the Club direction at this time is to continue with the hard work of making the Club more streamlined, leaner and smarter. Support from sponsors, season ticket holders, fans and supporters groups remains a key priority and the platform on which to build for the future.

As I said it has been a busy month and rest assured will continue to be behind the scenes in readiness for when the on field activities do re-commence.
Thanks for your continued support and stay safe.

Dave Grayson
Managing Director.

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