A number of Premier League stars have joined forces to create an initiative called #PlayersTogether which vision to raise funds that can be used to distribute money for NHS charities during the corona virus pandemic.
The statement which carriers the hash tag #playerstogether has revealed that top flight footballers have created a voluntary fund which can be utilized to distribute money to assist support the fight against COVID-19 within the country.
Footballers’ realize to the coronavirus crisis has come under ever more intense scrutiny over the past week. But one of the most vocal critics – British Health Secretary Matt Hancock – has welcomed the plan, saying players are now “playing their part”. Henderson is believed to have been the spearhead for this plan. The Premier League had suggested a 30 per cent pay cut across the board by the crisis but talks over the weekend with the PFA and the League Managers Association failed to reach a resolution.
What are the full #PlayersTogether statements?
Over the course of the last week we, as a group of Premier League players have held numerous talks together with the vision of creating a contribution fund that can be used to distribute money to where it’s needed most in this COVID19 crisis: helping those fighting for us on the NHS front line as the other key areas of need. This is a critical time for our country and for our NHS, and we are determined to help in any way we can.
We can confirm that after extensive conversations between a huge number of players from all Premier League clubs we have created our own collective player initiative, #PlayersTogether, and we have partnered together with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) in order to assist them in generating and distributing funds quickly and efficiently to where they are needed most.
NHSCT is the national umbrella organization for over 150 registered NHS charities, working closely with the Charity Commission, Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England to represent, champion, and support the NHS’ official charities. NHSCT are the official charity partner of the NHS nationally.
The contributions that this team will generate will help the NHSCT quickly grant funds to the front line to support in a number of ways, including to help enhance the well-being of NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by COVID-19 as well as helping them in their work supporting many other critical areas of need both now and in the longer term.
#PlayersTogether is about we, as players, collaborating together to create a voluntary initiative, separate to any other club and league conversations that can help get much needed funds to those that need it right now. To try and help, along with so many others in the country, make a real difference.
What have the players Planed?
In their statement, the players said they were “collaborating together to “create a voluntary initiative, separate to the other club and league conversations which will help get much needed funds to people who need it immediately .”
The intention, they said, was to “try and help, along side numerous others within the country, to form a true difference”.
The level of contributions has not been announced but the players said the initiative would help “quickly grant funds to the NHS frontline”.
What is the behind statement?
Premier League clubs previously said they would ask players to take a 30% pay cut in order to protect jobs.
However, the PFA said such a cut could harm the NHS, adding players were “mindful of their social responsibilities”.
Speaking to BBC Sport earlier on Wednesday, former England striker and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer said it should be up to the players to decide the best way to help.
Premier League football has been postponed until at least 30 April because of the spread of coronavirus.
Clubs have announced a number of measures to support fans and the local communities.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to everybody affected by this crisis. By sticking together, we will get through this.
Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.
What has been the feedback?
The chief executive of NHS Charities Together thanked the players for their “fantastic” initiative.
“It sends an amazing message of support to the NHS staff and volunteers working so tirelessly to save lives,” Ellie Orton said.
Manchester United and England forward Marcus rash ford said it had been tough to get to this stage.
“I think there has been plenty of occasions, for me personally, where we’ve tried to help but we’ve not helped in the best way possible,” Rash ford told BT Sport.
“You can get some backlash from that. We wanted to take our time with the decision.
“We want to help in the best way possible and getting money to the right places is a massive thing.”