COVID-19 is still playing havoc with communities and particularly with sporting codes across the country, especially in Victoria.
As you would be aware, the KDL was amongst the first to cancel season 2020 given the imposition of restrictions on running a season, and the further financial implications for clubs to have to compete without the benefit of spectators, and to adhere to the restrictions with limited volunteer bases.
To that end, we just want to thank our loyal members, players and spectators for sticking with Stanhope Football Netball Club even though we have no season to speak of. It is a true test of club loyalty to hold our nerve when we don’t have a season, but we are so grateful to our loyal members and players and have full confidence we can keep out supporter and player base intact ready for season 2021.
However, it is our centenary year and as such a lot of preparation had already gone in to designing and ordering membership packs and merchandise before the season cancellation was decided. This has come at a cost for the club – especially in a year when we can’t sell memberships, sponsorships or get numbers through the gate - the very basis of the financial assistance that clubs like ours rely upon to operate.
The club has provided the following options for members and players that may provide the opportunity to support the club financially in some way, while also understanding that there are different levels of support people are able to provide depending upon circumstances.
- Option 1: Donation to club – donate season 2020 membership to the club and receive membership merchandise (i.e. Hat, beanie)
- Option 2: Partial refund - Pay the cost price of merchandise associated with a 2020 membership and receive the remaining membership refund. (i.e. Hat, beanie)
- Option 3: Full membership refund, and as such, you do not receive any merchandise.
If you have paid for a 2020 Membership and would like to discuss a refund please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, membership type and refund option to facilitate a refund and/or organise merchandise.
In addition, the club designed and purchased special centenary warm up tops for all players that list every football and netball premiership player with Stanhope Football Netball Club. They are a pretty special one-off item, and although we had planned to include these in fees packages for players as part of the centenary celebrations, obviously there will be no season and therefore no fees paid by players this year. However, we have received the centenary warm up tops as we wanted every player to feel part of this year in our club history, and as such we are asking players to purchase these at the cost price of $35. Naturally it is not an option to hold the warm up tops until season 2021 as they are one off limited edition tops for season 2020, and even though we haven’t played they are a great memento of a very unusual centenary year!
We will hold a pop-up shop for people who have ordered merchandise and those players who wish to pay for and pick up their warm up top at the clubrooms Thursday July 2nd between 6 and 7pm. Please check our Facebook page for other updates and merchandise pickup points within the next week or two.
Once again, thank you for your loyalty to the club – it’s what sets our club apart, that fierce pride in the club and all that it stands for which goes beyond the playing field. It’s situations like these that truly showcase that strength.