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Tonbridge Angels vote to suspend the 2020/21 National League South season

National League South Tonbridge Angels say they are in favour of suspending the 2020/21 season.

After the DCMS decided to limit funding under their Sports Winter Survival Package to mainly loans for the next tranche of payments, the National League met with all their clubs remotely on Wednesday.

National League South Tonbridge are in favour of suspending the season.
National League South Tonbridge are in favour of suspending the season.

Three options have been put forward by the league. Clubs can obtain a loan at 2 per cent interest, payable over 10 years or the National League can obtain a loan and then provide grants to clubs - the latter option though would mean a significant cut to central funding in future seasons for clubs.

The third option was to suspend the 2020/21 season - and Tonbridge say it was a unanimous decision to vote for this option.

Tonbridge chairman Dave Netherstreet said: "With no real certainty as to when restrictions will be eased or lifted completely, to commit to unknown levels of debt whether direct or indirect seems to us a dangerous and foolhardy path down which to proceed.

"We want our supporters to be able to return to a thriving community club once this terrible pandemic is over.”

Tonbridge say representations are being made by the club to the government via their MP, Tom Tugendhat, regarding the funding of the National League.

The National League board are due to meet on Friday to decide their next steps, once they have obtained the views of all their member clubs.

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