Covid-19 has made life much more challenging for everyone
We are also finding the current situation tough here at Keighley Albion - and we want to share the reality that the impact of the pandemic has had with our club members.
How has covid-19 effected us?
As a community Rugby League club, amateur in status, our revenue income heavily relies on donations, sponsorship, social events and fundraising.
With no rugby, no functions, and rolling over all of our 2020 club sponsorship to 2021 (to support local businesses and ensure our sponsors receive value for money) we have had the economical lifeblood of our club removed entirely.
Our outgoings - including administration, overheads and essential ground maintenance ahead of our upcoming preseason - continue to eat away at our bank balance.
Historically we have managed the club finances efficiently, keeping outgoings to a minimum, and operating cash at minimal levels. However during these unprecedented times, this has been a sisyphean task.
Keighley Albion - who we are, how we operate:
We are run solely by a team of selfless volunteers throughout the club, who dedicate their time investing in youth Rugby League, which brings about countless life values. We are not for profit, and all of our income is reinvested into the club, ensuring the Keighley Rugby League community at all levels is sustainable and healthy.
As a club we have a proud 72 year history, with many players being second or third generation. Many players have progressed to the elite game, including 17 currently associated to professional clubs. We are an ambitious club, hungry to carry on the fast progression that we have made over the past decade.
We currently have over 300 club members across our 17 teams: starting from 3 years old with the Antz, the U6s-U18s Academy, and our 1st XIII. We are recognised as one of the UKs largest Community Rugby League clubs.
We pride ourselves on inclusivity here at the club, we have an offering for all social backgrounds, and have a very positive relationship with our local community. At Albion, competition and companionship come hand in hand.
The pandemic has hit us at a time where we are actively applying to relocate, and upgrade our facilities to accommodate our club, having outgrown our current home at Crossflatts.
At this difficult time, we are asking for the support of club members and the wider local community to help by donating what you can to ensure that Keighley Albion are in a strong position to continue to engaging our local community with the character building values of Rugby League, providing memories, experiences and sporting opportunities for the people of Keighley for years to come.