THE National League has launched a petition asking the Government to offer grants to member clubs.

Currently the Government's Winter Survival Package is offering clubs low interest loans and grants only for those desperately in need.

Hereford FC have said that their 'healthy bank balance' would mean they would be unlikely to get a loan or grant.


The National League has started a petition to Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport asking for grants to be given to clubs.

The petition states: "National League clubs are facing catastrophe and a perilous situation in the next few days.

"We need a sustainable lifeline that does not leave clubs facing future ruin.

"After changing the terms of its support in the middle of the season, the government must reverse its decision to offer loans and now fulfil its promise of a new grant.

"Our clubs play an immeasurable role in communities all over the UK and provide immense structures of support for many.

"Current government loan offers have moved the financial goalposts mid-season and jeopardised the future of our clubs.

"Without adequate and fair funding, the National League will not survive, with consequences felt by thousands of players, supporters and club staff across the UK for many years to come."

You can sign the petition HERE