Club update with Swanny

As you would most likely be aware there has been no 2020 season for all of our football and netball teams. Apart from the loss of comradeship and enjoyment that this has brought about, our club has taken a serious hit to its it's bank balance.

Our revenue streams have almost dried up whilst we have continued to meet our financial commitments to the SFNL, the council and club officials. Although there have been no payments to players we have made reduced payments to our coaching and training staff who have been active at training since November 2019 until the final shutdown. Without hesitation the committee believed that we needed to reward the loyalty and hard work of each and everyone of them.

That we were able to meet our financial commitments is testimony to the diligence and hard work of the individuals who have raised and managed our funds over the past 10 or so years.

To supplement the funds that we have we have been running a couple of fundraisers, namely the online Toyota footy raffle and our club online actions. Many thanks to those members who have supported these activities.

There is absolutely no doubt that next year and perhaps even the year after, are going to be very difficult for sporting clubs, with Bentleigh being no exception to this. The business community is doing it very hard as are the workers within the various industries. We have relied heavily on the support of business via various sponsorship agreements. We will continue to support them through our many and varied advertising platforms whilst understanding that they will most likely not be in a position to provide the funding support that we have enjoyed over the journey. Sponsors are our "Proud Partners" and we ask that if the opportunity arises, that you consider our sponsors when you are planning to spend your "hard earned" dollars. Details of our sponsors may be found on our website

In these times of isolation we are keeping our members informed via a number of mediums:

Our monthly newsletter, our website and our Facebook site. If you have been accessing our website you should have noticed our wellness platform where information is provided on how to look after yourself and keep in touch during these times of isolation.

You will also have noticed that the club was most pleased to reappoint all of its coaching staff for the 2021 season. This is a very positive step for the club as we have been able to commence the planning process for 2021.