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ETFC Season Ticket Holders, GTT Subscribers and ETFCS members for information.

As all of you might have imagined, it has been a difficult period trying to establish the fairest mechanism for dealing with season tickets for both last and next season, given how few matches you have been able to attend in recent months due to the impact of Covid-19.

After much deliberation, the board have come up with three alternatives which we hope you will find acceptable.

During the 2020/21 season we played 5 home league games, so @25% of the games covered by your ticket/subscription. As such, the three options are as follows:

  1. A 75% refund on your 2020/21 Season Ticket or GTT Subscription 
  2. A credit of 75% against a Season Ticket or GTT Subscription for 2021/22
  3. The balance of your 2020/21 Season Ticket or GTT Subscription is donated to the club. Also free entry for pre-season friendlies, League Cup and Middx Cup games

Whilst option three might sound a lot to ask, we can assure you that your generosity will be put to good use. The reality is that the playing budget faces a big strain given our inability to create any secondary income during the pandemic. Any additional revenue received from your donations will be used to put together the most competitive squad we can.

In terms of Go To Town, should you choose option three. we will honour all existing benefits, including merchandise rewards.

We totally understand that for many reasons you may not be able to commit to option three. However if you would like to take advantage of options one or two please can you let us know by 30th April in order that we can take this information into account when setting the playing budget for next season. To register for your rebate or refund, please contact me at chairman@etfc.london

Many thanks for your understanding and continued support.

Paul Reed
Chairman

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Update on the Curtailment of the Season

It has now been confirmed by the Isthmian League, after months of uncertainty yet with an obvious air of inevitability, that this season has been officially curtailed, frustrating of course for all of us who have enjoyed precious little live football over the past two campaigns but undoubtedly the correct decision as far as the board is concerned.

We would like to thank all supporters for their continued support through exceptionally difficult times and can only hope the 2021-22 season kicks off as scheduled, preceded by the usual friendlies, and that we can carry on where we left off in terms of our league position.

The board is conscious of the fact that many of you are season ticket holders and/or Go To Town subscribers and have spent good money in the hope of seeing a return on your investment.

Sadly the pandemic has put paid to this but it is important to stress that we are fully aware of your commitment and will be contacting each of you very soon with three specific options which we hope will be acceptable.

Further communication will follow in due course but in the meantime please stay safe everyone and we hope to see as many of you in person in the not too distant future.

COYT!

All the best

Paul Reed, Chairman

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FA statement on National League System Steps 3-6

“The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees have now considered the large amount of data and information submitted by clubs across the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6 as part of a survey to gather views on the continuation or conclusion of the 2020-21 league season, in addition to the information set out in the Government’s roadmap this week.

Submissions were made by 99.1% of clubs at Steps 3 and 4, and 95.8% of clubs at Steps 5 and 6. We would like to thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses during what we appreciate is an incredibly challenging period for everyone.

The results of the survey showed that over 76% of all clubs across Steps 3-6 indicated a preference to curtail the 2020-21 league season if it could not be restarted with limited spectator numbers and hospitality before 1 April 2021.

During this process, taking into account views of clubs and leagues it was decided that extending the 2020-21 league season beyond the end of May 2021 would not be a viable option. This was due to various considerations, including the financial implications for many clubs, player contracts and the extent of the fixture scheduling issues caused by the national lockdown and various postponements which had resulted in there being 81% of matches left to complete for Steps 3 and 4, and 75% at Steps 5 and 6.

Taking into account the survey results and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, which continues to adversely affect incomes for clubs due to restrictions on both spectators and hospitality, The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees have reached a consensus that subject to the approval of FA Council, the 2020-21 league season for Steps 3-6 of the NLS should be curtailed with immediate effect, with no further league matches taking place this season.
The Committees will now present their collective recommendations to The FA Council for ratification.

It has also been decided that subject to FA Council’s decision regarding the curtailment of the season at Steps 3 to 6, both committees will revisit discussions around a potential restructure at Steps 4-6 of the NLS, which was previously agreed and has been on hold since the 2019-20 season. A further update on this will be provided in due course.”

Enfield Town supporters will be updated on the impact of this FA statement in due course.

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Kick It Out

Kick It Out is English football’s equality and inclusion organisation. Working throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change, Kick It Out is at the heart of the fight against discrimination for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.

A small independent charity, the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign was established in 1993 in response to widespread calls from clubs, players and fans to tackle racist attitudes existing within the game. Kick It Out was then established as a body in 1997 as it widened out its objectives to cover all aspects of discrimination, inequality and exclusion.

As part of our commitment to tacking discrimination in all its forms and as a club that seeks to represent all communities in Enfield we have added a link to Kick It Out to our Website.

More information on Kick it Out can be found at  https://www.kickitout.org/

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Enfield Stand Up to Racism, Sat 20th March

As part of our commitment to opposing racism, Enfield Town FC are pleased that Jeremiah Gyebi will be among the speakers at the Enfield Stand Up to Racism event at 1 PM on Saturday 20 March. This event is part an international event in support of UN Anti-Racism Day.

You can join the event via the link below

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84049590792?pwd=Nis4cmVMN1h0dG01TFBRVU5Qcy9GUT09

Meeting ID: 840 4959 0792
Passcode: 411899

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FA National League System: brief update

The FA have written to all clubs at Steps 3 to 6 with a brief update:


“We wish to provide the following update to Clubs in relation to the potential continuation or curtailment of the 2020/21 season at Steps 3 to 6 of the National League System (NLS).

The Alliance Committee (Steps 3 & 4) and Leagues Committee (Steps 5 & 6) met on 8 and 9 February, respectively, to discuss the data that was collated following the recent surveys circulated to Clubs at this level of the game.

During discussions, the Committees acknowledged the likelihood that the Prime Minister will set out a ‘roadmap’ to the nation on 22 February as to how Government intend to begin to reduce the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Given that any such update from the Government on 22 February may provide the Committees with additional, relevant information to help determine the preferred route forward, they have agreed to reconvene after this date.

In addition, the Alliance Committee are also conscious of the ongoing process the National League (Steps 1 & 2) are undertaking and the potential impact this could have on any actions the Committee may choose to take.

We will provide an update in due course.”

On behalf of the Alliance and Leagues Committees

https://www.isthmian.co.uk/fa-national-league-system-update-65117

Enfield Town supporters will, as ever, be updated once further information becomes available

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Into the Null and Void

Andrew Warshaw’s report in the February edition of Enfield Dispatch on the club’s recent AGM appears below:

Enfield Town FC’s members have voted overwhelmingly to accept a board recommendation to declare the season ‘null and void’.

The vote came in response to a questionnaire from the Isthmian League, with club chair Paul Reed warning of the financial consequences of trying to play on without fans through the turnstiles or any secondary income such as bar sales.

Since the start of the second national lockdown back in November, the Towners have been able to fulfil just one solitary fixture – the fateful FA Trophy defeat against Maldon & Tiptree in December – with a number of Town players instead moving a division higher to play in the second step of the non-league pyramid, where games are still permitted.

Enfield were third in the Isthmian Premier Division when the league campaign ground to a halt in November and, although the option of a mini-season starting in March was still on the table at time of going to press, the more likely outcome remains a second successive voided campaign. It has left the club’s board feeling frustrated, disappointed and realistic in equal measure.

Paul told a well-attended virtual AGM last month: “No-one wants to watch games more than I do, but this is the situation we find ourselves in as a board. It’s not a position any of us want to be in.

“We have to balance the short-term desire of all of us to play football versus the longer-term financial stability. Trying to play now and force the issue with not as much income means we run the risk of not having sufficient funds to put together a competitive side next season.

“If were forced to play within a condensed period, we could minimise losses by further cutting the budget next season, but that could potentially mean failing to compete in the way we would like.”

Paul’s comments drew widespread support from those attending the meeting via Zoom, with 94% backing the decision to bring an early end to the season.

Paul continued: “We’ve had to face a whole new world of operations and finances that we didn’t even know existed 12 months ago. We have seen our secondary income heavily reduced.

“There has been no clarity on government funding to step three clubs [such as Enfield Town]. We believe the vast majority of the money talked about will come in the form of loans, so whatever we can take we’d have to pay back.

“There are no assurances of promotion and relegation either, so what would we be playing for?”

On a brighter note, Paul praised fans for their generosity and understanding during the toughest period in the club’s recent history.

“By far the biggest positive of the last 12 months has been our people; the financial support from our members, the work from our volunteers, in really trying conditions.”

The meeting also saw the election to the board of this correspondent, as a numerical replacement for the outgoing Ken Brazier, who received a well-deserved accolade for his tireless dedication over the past seven years.

As a passionate fan, I decided to put my own name forward in order to help maintain the club’s standing in the community, widen its appeal as the country’s first supporter-owned club, and enhance its exposure on and off the field – in whatever way I can.

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Club Shop Delays

We are fully aware that many online purchases that have been ordered/bought, since our launch in November 2020 , are still in the process of arriving in the UK from manufacturers based abroad.

Covid has affected the delivery process, due to manufacturers’ closures in Italy and the UK, and since the 1st January there is additional administration for goods from Europe.

We are putting as much pressure as we can to get items  so we can get them to you as soon as possible.

We can only apologise for the delays and will use this experience, to improve our service to deliver online orders in an efficient and timely fashion in future.

We are very grateful for your patience and support in this matter, please bear with us so we  get your items to you.

The Board/ClubShop Team

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FA update on Steps 3-6 clubs’ survey

The Football Association have issued a brief update following a recent survey of Step 3-6 clubs covering preferred ways forward in the light of the covid-19 pandemic:

We would like to provide an update in relation to the recent survey sent to clubs at Steps 3 to 6 of the National League System. 

Submissions were made by 99.1 per cent of clubs at Steps 3 and 4 and 95.8 per cent of clubs at Steps 5 and 6. We would like to thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses at what we appreciate it an incredibly challenging time for everyone.

Our alliance and leagues committees now have a large amount of data and information to consider before determining a proposed way forward. Ultimately any proposal made by the committees will be put to our council for consideration. The council will then make any final decision on a way forward.

The alliance and leagues committees recognise the desire for clubs to be updated whilst these issues are being carefully considered. Therefore, both committees commit to providing updates to leagues and clubs as the process progresses; and remain mindful of the difficulties faced by clubs at present. Further information will follow in due course.”

Enfield Town supporters will be updated as quickly as possible in due course.

https://www.thefa.com/news/2021/jan/27/step-3-to-6-nls-survey-update-20210127

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Dual Registration Arrangement for Jon Muleba

Town defender Jon Muleba has joined Vanarama South club Hemel Hempstead Town on a dual registration basis. The Tudors continue to play behind closed doors at elite level and Jon will be available for their scheduled home league match against Oxford City tomorrow (Tuesday 19th January). Manager Andy Leese said: “We were approached by Hemel who said they were in need of a full back, and I am happy for Jon to get some game time while we’re not playing”.

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