BE placed some personnel on furlough in April and, following the imposition of a four-week national lockdown by Government this week, it has been decided to extend this arrangement to other staff.
The pandemic has massively impacted BE and the sport’s short-term viability. The move has been made to safeguard the national governing body during this uncertain time and to help the organisation respond positively to the financial and organisational challenges faced by the sport.
“We have taken the difficult but prudent decision to continue to use the extended furlough period with some staff to protect the financial stability of the organisation and safeguard our capacity to serve the game in the long run.
“We thank those involved for their cooperation and understanding and will be supporting them during this time.
“Staff who remain on duty will be working hard on a number of immediate priorities, which include supporting the remaining NBL1 and WNBL1 action on court, continuation of our officials and coach education online, and our support to clubs and local leagues in need.
"We will continue to provide safeguarding services and lobby Government on support for basketball’s return to play and recovery, while planning a positive and successful route through the Covid crisis.”
BE will review its furlough position before the conclusion of the initial four-week period.
We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for everyone including the volunteers who have worked so hard to adjust to create Covid-19 secure environments and keep their clubs going.
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26 May 2022