Ruislip Social Club: Leo Morris
The club wants to share a change in the running of Ruislip Social Club, with Leo Morris’s management of the club ending at the end of August. Like most non-league clubs we have been hit hard by COVID-19, most notably through the social club where we have had virtually no revenue for nearly 5 months. Most of the social club’s income arises from football and music, both of which are not expect to return to normal any time soon. With fans not permitted to attend pre-season games and capacity restrictions being implemented, we have had to look at all costs as we try and maximise our chances of staying in the National League beyond this season. Beyond the immediate cost pressures, we are exploring different operating models for the social club as we seek to improve our underlying finances. Leo’s service to the club over 25 years both on and off the pitch is nothing short of incredible and this change is in no way a reflection of his achievements or commitment. In business it is not untypical to make changes to key roles and reorganise, however in a club of our size there are obviously limited other opportunities, however the possibility of Leo remaining involved in some capacity remains open. If Leo does leave the Social Club, the Board wishes to place on record their thanks for everything he has done for the club and his popularity is testament to the man. Last year Leo and Gordon Bartlett were awarded life membership of Wealdstone Football Club and we hope Leo is a regular visitor to the club where he is always welcome.