Women's Sport: Chelsea Women's team continue to receive full support of the club

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Chelsea Football Club has said that they are continuing their support of the women's team and academy programmes at the same level as before the coronavirus pandemic hit, according to a statement from the club.

The board have agreed not to access the government's furlough scheme but to maintain staff salaries at 100 per cent and to compensate match day staff as if matches were taking place.

The club also thanked the women's team and support staff for their support of charitable initiatives during the crisis.

In the statement, the club said: "We are continuing our current level of financial and other support to our professional women players and also to our women’s academy programmes. Our women’s team and staff have been very supportive of our charitable activities during this crisis which has been appreciated by both the club and the respective charities."

The team paired up with charity Refuge to raise awareness and funds for women and children at risk from domestic abuse during the lockdown. Chelsea FC Women's manager Emma Hayes fronted the digital campaign alongside players from the women's and men's teams including star striker Sam Kerr.  

The club promised to match all donations received during the six weeks following the launch of the campaign. Hayes said: "I am proud to lead the club’s support of this worthy cause during such a difficult time for so many.

"There are many things for people to deal with in the present climate but it is important we support the vulnerable and those who may feel alone or without a voice. I hope this campaign can do that and make a difference to those who need support."

Chelsea has also offered rooms in hotels at Stamford Bridge for NHS Staff, are providing free meals to the NHS and elderly and vulnerable individuals through partnerships with charities and the club's medical staff have volunteered to assist the NHS.

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