Kent Cricket has confirmed that it intends to furlough the majority of its non-playing staff under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
The Club is completing the consultation process and putting a number of support mechanisms in place and it is intended that the new Scheme will take effect from Monday 6th April, 2020.
The Club will continue to operate with a skeleton staff to ensure that essential work can still be completed.
Kent Cricket’s CEO, Simon Storey, said: “The Club’s leadership team have had two clear priorities, since the COVID-19 outbreak: the health and well-being of all Kent Cricket employees and stakeholders, and securing the Club’s financial sustainability.
“We have always said that we would need to work on a package of measures to secure our financial future.
“Yesterday’s announcement by the ECB detailing their emergency financial measure of £61 million, to be invested across the professional and recreation county game, was an important part of the plan.
“We have also worked tirelessly to examine all options to reduce our costs in the short term but with nearly all the Club’s commercial activity and our delivery programmes in the community suspended until at least 28th May, we have had to make difficult decisions which are designed to overcome the short term challenges we are facing.
“The introduction of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is one more positive measure we are taking to secure the long-term protection of jobs at Kent Cricket.
“‘Together, We Are Kent’ is more than a set of words at Kent Cricket; it underpins the values we hold as a Club. I extend my sincere thanks to all the team who are accepting these measures for the benefit of everyone at Kent Cricket.
“Many of our players also joined our off-field staff and coaches for today’s announcement and they are equally aware of the challenges we face and the impact that the COVID-19 outbreak is having across our community.
“Both the Club and players are awaiting the outcome of negotiations between ECB and PCA as they continue to seek a game-wide solution.”
The Kent Cricket Office will be closed until further notice, although our skeleton staff will be providing support from homes across Kent.
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