We pledged to update supporters throughout this period on how the current climate directly affects Barnsley FC.
Following government guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all staff who can work from home, are doing so, to serve supporters as best as possible. Currently, no one associated with the club has contracted the virus, though we continue to monitor the situation.
Lines of communication remain strong with the first team playing squad and management. Despite individuals remaining offsite, all first team members have and continue to follow personal training programmes, devised by the coaching staff.
Relating specifically to footballing matters and the Clubs short-term future, we remain in positive dialogue with numerous stakeholders and will update supporters when appropriate to do so.
Speaking on the current environment, Barnsley FC Chief Executive Dane Murphy said: “On behalf of everyone associated with the Club, I’d like to thank all NHS staff and key workers operating in our local area. Under the most difficult of circumstances, they continue to perform and save countless lives.
“We urge all supporters to follow government guidance and we look forward to the day we can safely, welcome you back to Oakwell. Please stay safe and support each other through this difficult period.”
Following the donation of 6,000 match tickets to local key-workers and NHS staff, members of the board have proceeded to reach out to supporters over the age of 70. Amidst general discussions about the current situation and general well-being, where necessary, supporters have been guided towards relevant information and resources and will be contacted again should they wish.
Once all senior Reds have been contacted, the Club shall then expand its calls to other members. However, if you know of any supporter who you feel would appreciate a call from the Club during this time please email firstname.lastname@example.org.