Football Victoria (FV) have announced the establishment of a $650,000 Debt Relief Hardship Policy.
The relief package has been introduced following extensive consultation and cooperation from FV with Victorian clubs and associations, as well as the Victorian Government and Football Australia.
A statement on Football Victoria’s website read: “The intention of this policy is to direct debt relief to those clubs that are under the greatest threat of survival from the repercussions of the cancelled 2020 season. It is to ensure the survival of the Victorian Clubs that are experiencing genuine financial hardship and most need our support.
“As the governing body, we simply won’t allow Clubs to be left in such a precarious position that they face closure, as a result of football’s shutdown during the global pandemic. The demands on our game are too great – we have a responsibility to provide more opportunities to play, not less. For that to happen, we need our Clubs to survive, then thrive throughout 2021 and beyond.
“With that in mind, from today, Clubs/Associations can formally apply for debt hardship relief through the program. Details on the eligibility criteria and application process have been emailed to Clubs.
“We believe this assistance will go a long way to easing the financial burden and associated stress that Clubs are facing, allowing the focus to turn to building towards the 2021 season.
“We look forward to activating this Debt Relief Hardship Program quickly to give all stakeholders confidence and clarity heading into the season.”
Football Victoria thanked all clubs and associations for navigating through the unique issues the football community faced in the past year.