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Helston Athletic Football Club - Press Release / Statement

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In light of the Corona Virus pandemic, The Football Association (FA) this week announced that the 2019 / 2020 football season is terminated with all results considered ‘null and void’ for all clubs competing in The National League System, Steps 3 to 7. Other Cornish leagues have since followed suit.
Despite a record breaking run of twenty-four consecutive league wins and riding high on top of The South West Peninsula League Premier West Division, the Players and Management of Helston Athletic Football Club have put aside their disappointment of missing out on promotion, with an amazing gesture of goodwill in donating £6,000 to two Helston based charities.
Throughout a playing season, it is common practice for teams to collect fines from players who breach localised club rules, such as attending with unclean boots, arriving late, allowing a mobile phone to ring in the changing room, to name but a few. Such funds are usually set aside for end of season celebrations. However, with the season now ended and the corona virus situation requiring an unprecedented need for financial support, Club Captain, Mark Goldsworthy and First Team Manager Steve Massey were quick to propose all team monies collected, along with some additional donations from members, be split between Helston Cottage Hospital and The Towns Mustard Seed Food Bank, in support of essential supplies.
Mr Massey advised Helston Mayor, John Martin, of the donations, who in turn thanked the players and club saying, “with funds starting to run low, such donations are magnificent, much needed and will be gratefully received - thank you”
Helston Athletic Football Club Chairman Paul Hendy added “This extremely kind gesture is not from the club, but from its players and management. I feel immensely proud of their decision to support two local based charities, who I know will welcome ever pound they can collect at this difficult and challenging time.
The transfer of the donated funds to both charities is currently being processed.
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