This year 2020 is proving to be complicated for everyone, and football from below is obviously no exception to the rule. Already hard hit during the first confinement, amateur clubs at regional and departmental level, with limited budgets, are currently struggling to make ends meet. However, in the Oise, most of them “hold on” as best they can. And this for a simple reason: in this period of inactivity, if the cash flow is almost wiped out, so is the expense.
The snacks planned during the football school stages, the costs of discipline or refereeing or even the modest match bonuses no longer need to be. And some even benefit from gestures of solidarity. “We had some good surprises, appreciates Philippe Segonds, president of Balagny (Regional 2). For the trip of our U 18s to Guadeloupe, which was canceled, the sponsors left us the money. The supporters’ club scraped the funds and gave us € 3,000. We’re doing surprisingly well, even if we have to be careful. “
A fear of having to reimburse the licenses
On the other hand, the announcement of the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, this Tuesday, to release some 400 M € to support the sport leaves the leaders dubious. “The intention is commendable,” continues Philippe Segonds. But how far will this aid go down? What we will get may be very residual. I don’t count on it. “” The State will not pay the money directly to the clubs, but to the authorities, notes the president of Longueil-Annel (Regional 3, Sylvain Castets. If it is necessary to set up a case to benefit from it, some clubs will not have the human resources, in terms of skills or time, to constitute it and will be penalized. ”
The other announcement, that of a possible resumption of practice for minors in December, was however well received … provided that it occurs at the right date. “If it’s mid-December, with the end of year celebrations, it would be silly to take a week back. You might as well wait for January, ”adds Sylvain Castets. Some have found it hard to accept the government’s decision to allow sport to continue in schools, and not in sports associations. “It’s completely incomprehensible, sighs Pascal Barbier, president at Crèvecoeur (Departmental 2). College sports educators continue to play sports around the field. The risks are however the same as at the club… ”
A concern still hangs over the clubs, in case the interruption of activity should continue for longer: possible requests for reimbursement of licenses from parents or players. Some have already been confronted with it, on rare occasions, at the end of last season, but did not follow up. The situation could be more complicated this time. “Between the equipment and what we pay to the authorities, there is practically nothing left at the club on a license, ensures Sylvain Castets. The ideal would be to have a meeting to explain that the club is not taking advantage of it. Anyway, repaying everyone, it will be impossible … “
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