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Despite the problems, volunteers from Cockermouth Rugby Union Club, now battling to save the facility, say they are determined to beat the cash crisis.
Details of the debts came to light after its former bar manager Trevor Ackerlay, 38, and Mrs Fearon, 44,
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The tribunal ruled they were both fairly dismissed because of the centre’s cashflow problems, but awarded them holiday, redundancy and back pay 949 for Mrs Fearon, and 487 for Mr Ackerlay.
In evidence, Cockermouth rugby club chairman Jeffrey Peet said the extent of the debts emerged last July after he and fellow volunteers took over from the previous management committee.
He said: “At first, the centre was doing very well. But we started to gather information about the financial situation and it seemed to be one shock after another. It was steep learning curve for us all.”
The sports centre, with facilities that include a gym, tennis courts, sports fields, bar and function room, had three bank accounts. One was overdrawn by 100,000, and another by 30,000.
The centre’s current debts, said Mr Peet,
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Mr Peet became the new club and sports centre chairman in January,
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The centre opened five years ago after winning a 500,000 lottery grant. But as the extent of the financial crisis became apparent, the new committee realised they faced cash flow problems.
In March, having been advised to avoid incurring fresh debts, the committee found they could not afford to pay some of the five staff,
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