Whitehaven receive boost with financial struggles

Josh McAllister

League One’s Whitehaven RLFC have received a huge boost ahead of their financial problems, announcing a letter of intent has been signed by Stuart Harvey and the current board of directors.

Earlier this week the club announced it would need a donation of £60,000 from fans and local businesses to see out the rest of the 2018 campaign.

The club could be at risk of going out of business if the five-figure sum isn’t reached.

However, today the side announced that Harvey, a businessman, is interested in investing and becoming a part of a ‘three year plan’.

The club released the following statement on their official website: ‘Stuart Harvey is a businessman leading a consortium looking to invest in Whitehaven Rugby League and become part of a three year plan to lead the club into a strong position. Steve and members of the current board spoke frank and honestly at tonight’s fans meeting at in the JJ McKeown Bar at the Recreation Ground.

‘As stated earlier in the week the club are looking to raise £60,000 to cover a budget shortfall which is crucial in developing the new consortiums three year plan. While this is not the full figure that is needed. Stuart and his consortium believe this is a figure that can show that the residents and businesses of Whitehaven want to keep Rugby League in the town.’

Whitehaven also announced that £17,000 was raised on the first day of donations.