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O'Neill: Town Looking at How to Support Community During Crisis
Tuesday, 17th Mar 2020 16:20

General manager of football operations Lee O’Neill says the Blues are looking at ways of helping vulnerable members of the community during the current coronavirus crisis.

The elderly and people with underlying medical issues are being encouraged to stay at home to protect themselves from the risk of contracting Covid-19.

Some clubs have said their Community Trusts will look to help thse vulnerable members of society during the crisis and O’Neill says that’s something the Blues are also looking at doing. Yesterday, it was confirmed that Town’s Community Trust had postponed all its football activities.

“Yes, it’s something we’ve had discussions about over the last few days, looking at how we can best support [the community],” O’Neill said.

“We obviously have a good relationship with the charity Mind and [PR manager] Dan Palfrey does a lot of good work with that, so we’ve looked into various different avenues where the club can try and support some of the higher risk members of the population.

“And also the information came out yesterday about other areas, asthmatics and people who are pregnant, we’re looking at all areas from a community aspect, what we possibly could do that could help and not hinder.”

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Steve_M added 17:30 - Mar 17
Good. Presumably we also have many employees - directly or indirectly - on low contracts whose income will be hit by the lack of matches. Hopefully the club can support them as well.

Bluearmy_81 added 19:51 - Mar 17
Press pass Phil, never asking the difficult, challenging questions or putting any pressure on the muppet and his puppet, watching the club drift into embarrassing obscurity. You have played your part in this mess, you are complicit

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 05:32 - Mar 18
A perfect opportunity for the club to integrate into the community, but let’s hear some concrete suggestions rather than generalisations. There are no FFP rules to hide behind in this case, so why not splash some charitable cash: a win-win situation in the long run, I would think.

JewellintheTown added 10:09 - Mar 18
The club comes out and says its looking into how it can help the community (not that its obliged to do so) and then the negatives start to roll in.
Give them some credit and a bit of time.
Some people will never be happy.

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