Regional cost concerns for Team Jets
TEAM JETS head coach Linda Andrews has vowed to explore every avenue to cover costs following relegation from Premier League 3.
The club’s demotion to South West Regional League Division I, confirmed after Sunday’s play-offs in Hull, means no home games will be scheduled in Jersey in 2019/20 as regional regulations do not force teams to cross the Channel.
Jets’ overall expenditure will drop as a result of not needing to hire a home venue, but trouble could soon loom as their relegation coincides with the end of a deal with lead sponsors Dominion.
Over £100,000 is required per year to keep Jets afloat – covering junior and senior programmes and the increasing number of £3,000-trips to the mainland.
‘We’ve got a massive hole to find sponsors for,’ said Andrews.
‘We’d have to look at our programme completely if we can’t find sponsorship, but I will do my utmost to make it work ... somehow we will make it work and we’ve got a few things up our sleeve as to how we can bridge the gap.
‘Every team in our league got £1,000 last year to come to Jersey. We got £1,000 as well, but that was to cover all nine of our away games.
‘We won’t get anything now, but not playing games at Fort Regent will save us £30,000. That’s a positive, but at the same time it’s disappointing for our Jersey spectators who have given us such great support.’
Before their rise onto the national pyramid Jets played two games a day against their regional rivals. That approach looks likely to be adopted again next term, although there is slim hope that teams may consider an away-day.
Andrews said: ‘It’s going to be a challenge because it’ll be double headers on Sundays again.
‘We used to play one in the morning, then get a minibus to somewhere else to play another team in the afternoon.
‘We’ve asked Netball South West if anyone would like to travel over here, but I don’t know if anyone will take up that offer. If not, we’ll see if anyone will play us on a Saturday. Last time they didn’t, because it’s a Sunday league.’
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