Molynes look for more com­mu­nity sup­port next sea­son

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott/Gleaner Writer liv­ingston.scott@glean­erjm.com

PRES­I­DENT OF Molynes United Her­man Cruick­shank said the club will rely a lot more on com­mu­nity sup­port rather than cor­po­rate as­sis­tance to help fi­nance their way through the 2020-2021 Red Stripe Pre­mier League sea­son.

Cruick­shank said they placed their faith in the hands of their cor­po­rate spon­sors to as­sist them with fi­nanc­ing the team last sea­son, but that proved in­suf­fi­cient and un­re­li­able. As a re­sult, the Molynes United pres­i­dent said they are look­ing at more in­no­va­tive ways to get the fans and com­mu­nity mem­bers in­volved in gen­er­at­ing funds for the club.

“We are bank­ing on the com­mu­nity sup­port this trip (sea­son) be­cause I don’t think the busi­ness places will have much to give, so we will rely on the com­mu­nity sup­port. We need to build a fan base and have them pay­ing, like $1,000 dues, to as­sist the club go­ing for­ward. So we can get that money from spec­ta­tors more than from busi­ness places, so we will be ask­ing to com­mu­nity to back us more this sea­son,” Cruick­shank said.

When the league was called off in March, Molynes (29 points) were in 10th place and 11 points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Al­though Cruick­shank un­der­stands that clubs at the top have been af­fected more by the can­cel­la­tion, he be­lieves that can­celling was not a bad choice, as very few clubs could have af­forded to fi­nance the re­main­der of the sea­son.

WORK ON THE CLUB

“Our club ab­stained from vot­ing (on de­ci­sion to can­cel the sea­son). We didn’t vote, be­cause to start back the league and get it run­ning again, peo­ple like Molynes couldn’t af­ford it. I don’t know who could be­cause of the things and re­stric­tions that were needed to be put in place. So in­stead, we used the op­por­tu­nity to put our house in or­der, fix our field and do work on the club.

“We would have needed to pay at least an­other $4-5 mil­lion, that we didn’t bud­get for and we didn’t have, to fin­ish the sea­son. We would have had to sani­tise and put all kinds of things in place, and who would have sub­sidised that?” he asked.

“So even though ev­ery­body wanted to play, they knew deep down we couldn’t un­less [the] Gov­ern­ment or the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion came in and gave us the ad­di­tional money to get the league go­ing,” said Cruick­shank. “Where would you get three to four months of money to con­tinue? So it was a good move, al­though teams like Water­house and Mount Pleas­ant, who are just a point apart and want to play Con­ca­caf [leagues] and win the [do­mes­tic] league, had more at stake. But I wouldn’t fool my­self. I knew we couldn’t find an ad­di­tional $5 mil­lion to carry through [the sea­son]. It’s bet­ter we use the $5 mil­lion to start the pre­sea­son for next sea­son.”

Molynes, who for­merly played at Chalmers Av­enue, off Molynes Road, are up­grad­ing their new home turf, Jacis­era Park, which is also lo­cated off Molynes Road.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/CHIEF PHOTO EDI­TOR

Molynes United mid­fielder Jeremy Nel­son celebrates af­ter scor­ing against UWI in their Red Stripe Pre­mier League match on Septem­ber 8, 2019, at the Water­house Mini Sta­dium.

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