Unprecedented times call for challenging decisions

Monday, 23rd March 2020 @ 16:40

Players, coaches and staff to reduce salary by 25%

The past few days have been turbulent, unnerving and challenging for us all.

Rugby has for the moment rightly paused, but in times like these, the most important thing is staying healthy and safe with the welfare of families and communities of paramount importance.

What is to come over the next few weeks and months across the globe is uncharted territory, but we must prepare for every eventuality. As it stands, both The Stoop and our training ground at Surrey Sports Park are shut to protect the health and welfare of our staff. We are not able to play rugby and most of our regular income streams have been disrupted following the postponement or cancellation of all of our rugby and non-rugby events.

Chris Robshaw

We need to ensure that we take action now to ensure the security of our staff and the financial viability of the Club. These are incredibly tough decisions in unprecedented times.

Today, we have made the difficult decision to ask all our staff, players and coaches to support the Club through a 25% reduction of salary. We will look after our lowest earners and those facing financial difficulty.

This move hasn’t been taken lightly, but in order to protect jobs, the future of Harlequins and the excellent and committed people that resides within. Even with this important contribution, we will need all of our stakeholders to come together to help secure the Club’s future.

In the coming days the focus of our Club will switch to supporting our local communities, doing our best to support those who need our help. Our social networks will be used to share health, fitness and welfare advice to help everyone through this difficult period – last week saw The Harlequins Foundation team launch free keep fit videos for example.

Chris Robshaw

We have an incredibly committed, dedicated and passionate workforce that prides itself on being Harlequins – giving their absolute all on and off the field to our Club.

On behalf of our owners and the board, I want to take this moment to thank everyone at our Club for their incredible passion, support and sacrifice – from our players to our coaches, our maintenance staff, our community coaches our Foundation – everyone employed at Harlequins plays their part and has displayed so much humility in how they’ve embraced this difficult process.

Likewise, to all our loyal and passionate supporters, we thank you more than ever for your backing at this time. A club is at its best when it comes together and acts as a community. Over the coming weeks and months, we will need to call upon everyone to get behind the Club to ensure its survival and enable it to flourish again.

Stay safe and look after those around you.


Laurie Dalrymple
Chief Executive Officer, Harlequins

Supporters and staff are advised to proactively keep up to date with the latest government advice on best practice in relation to stopping the spread of the virus. Find out about the virus and how to protect yourself on the NHS website.

Anyone who has recently travelled to the United Kingdom from a country with a high risk of coronavirus, or who is displaying any of the below symptoms, should immediately seek medical advice by calling the NHS 111 service or stay at home for seven days. The symptoms include a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature.

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