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Championship club reveal stunning reduction in central funding

A lot has been made about central distribution and the cut every club gets at every level of the rugby league pyramid.

Now, one club has highlighted how much their central funding has been lowered.

This is Championship club Whitehaven.

The club has responded to rumours that the club are in financial struggles.

Whitehaven made the following statement:

“It has come the the attention of the Board of Directors (BoD) that numerous rumours are in circulation in regards to the clubs financial position.
“The BoD can confirm that we have reviewed all of our finances and submitted to the RFL, a detailed financial forecast in regarding the financial health of the club.
“However we make no secret that due to Having our central funding cut to £40,000 from £160,000 we need our fans to keep coming through the gates.
“With reduced central funding and a lack of consistency with regards to home games, especially with the York game having to be re-arranged and the RFL deciding to put the game to the Wednesday the 28th June.
“Despite our best efforts to re-arrange to a more beneficial date we have to go with RFL decision. This means more money leaving the club before any revenue can be generated to the value of the cost of an away game. Several fundraisers are on the go at the moment but the BoD see non of this money provided directly to the clubs cash flow status.
“Even though it is generated in the name of WRLFC, we would ask all fans to support the Dennis McKeown’s go fund me page which will ensure all funds come directly to the club and ensure the sustainability of the club.
“Furthermore the Home game against barrow on a Monday night is also going affect our match day income.
“Like many clubs in the championship we have liability’s however we have payment plans in place to cover these and we make no secret that this is a crucial time for Whitehaven RLFC.”
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