16 Mar 2020 by Brian Flynn

COVID-19 Club Statements (last updated 16/04 21:30pm)

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The following article consists of a timeline of timestamped updates from Altrincham Football Club & Altrincham Football Club Community Sports, in relation to the developing situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus.

16th March 21:30

In the light of today’s announcements from the Government, and the subsequent suspension of the Vanarama National League until 3rd April, Altrincham Football Club & Altrincham Football Club Community Sports are updating our response to the COVID-19 in the light of recent developments.

The Community will be suspending with immediate effect all classes; including Senior Exercise, Disability & Sports Social, Yoga classes, Walking Football and Altrincham Mini Kickers.  Our school coaching will continue as usual for now, and as long as schools remain open.

The hiatus in the National League will lead to the postponements of our fixtures at home to Chester and King's Lynn Town and our visit to Alfreton Town.  There is no certainty the season will recommence in April, nor therefore are there any concrete plans from the league as to how this season will be concluded.

We recognise there may be a serious impact on some members of the Altrincham FC family, and therefore the Club and Community are working hand-in-hand to see how we can support the most vulnerable of our neighbours and friends.  We will be pulling together support packages for distribution to those most impacted and looking to provide more practical help where we can.

This will also be a major disruption for our sponsors and partners, and we will be doing our bit to support them however we can.  We will be featuring a small article on each of our sponsors over the coming weeks to remind you all of the services they provide and the corresponding benefits for the football club.

There is no underestimating the impact of the loss of revenue for both the Football Club and the Community Company.  We have seen on the forum some suggestions for helping us out and we thank you very much for this gesture.  One way you can help us in the short term, is to join Alty Rewards.  This scheme, which was launched earlier this year, allows you to donate an amount to the club every month, thus helping us with our cash flow. 

You can join the scheme here: https://app.loveadmin.com/ThirdpartyRegistration.aspx?clubID=8c22538d0d7a01c750ce56be0211ad46

And there is more information on the scheme here:

https://www.altrinchamfc.com/news/its-here-your-chance-to-strengthen-phils-hand-by-joining-alty-rewards

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and wish you all the best in health.   We will be releasing a further update before the end of the week, or sooner if there are any major developments.

16th March 18:00pm

Altrincham FC have received the following statement from the National League.

At its Board Meeting on Friday, The National League decided to use its best endeavours to keep its season going in the face of unprecedented adversity.

However, with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching global pandemic levels it has to accept that the situation is now out of its own control.

In the knowledge of the government measures now announced including not to support sporting events with emergency services workers it is clearly not practical for its fixtures to be fulfilled in the immediate future.

In those circumstances and in line with The Football Association and the Professional Game, at a Board Meeting today, The National League has decided that its competition is now suspended until at least 3rd April 2020.

The National League will continue to monitor the situation, but trusts that its loyal clubs, fans, players, officials, staff, volunteers and sponsors will accept that it has had no other choice but to reach this decision.

It wishes everybody connected with the competition and indeed the whole country a safe passage through these turbulent times.


14th March 16:30pm

Altrincham Football Club & Altrincham Football Club Community Sports are currently reviewing our response to the COVID-19 in the light of recent developments, particularly the postponement of today’s First Team fixture at York City.

We will be releasing a further update on Monday evening following planned meetings with the Club and Community Boards tomorrow and a review of our approach on Monday.

In order to protect our user groups & other service users,  we ask you to please follow current guidelines:

If experiencing symptoms OR having recently travelled OR been in contact with anyone who has travelled then please seek medical advice.

We appreciate that the situation is subject to sudden change, so we will keep you updated via Social Media & our Website as and when there are any developments or changes.

We thank you for your understanding.

13th March 12:00pm

Altrincham Football Club & Altrincham Football Club Community Sports confirm that we are currently BUSINESS AS USUAL.

The cancellation of Premier League and Football League matches this morning has not yet impacted the Vanarama National League. Therefore, until advised otherwise we are assuming that our game at York City tomorrow is going ahead.

And, as per our advice yesterday all scheduled games to be played at the J. Davidson Stadium & all groups and classes in the Community Sports Hall, will take place until further directive legislation is advised by the Government.

In order to protect our User Groups & other Service Users we ask you to please follow current guidelines:

“If experiencing symptoms OR having recently travelled OR been in contact with anyone who has travelled” then please seek medical advice. We appreciate that the situation is subject to sudden change, so we will keep you apprised via Social Media & our Website as and when there are any developments or changes.

We thank you for your understanding.

12th March 16:00pm

Altrincham Football Club & Altrincham Football Club Community Sports confirm that we are currently BUSINESS AS USUAL.

All scheduled games to be played at the J.Davidson Stadium & all groups and classes in the Community Sports Hall, will take place until further directive legislation is advised by the Government.

In order to protect our User Groups & other Service Users we ask you to please follow current guidelines:

“If experiencing symptoms OR having recently travelled OR been in contact with anyone who has travelled” then please seek medical advice.

We will keep you apprised via Social Media & our Website as and when there are any developments or changes.

We thank you for your understanding.

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