Brighton have kicked off a club-to-club "baton" system for donating match tickets to frontline healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic as Watford offered the use of their stadium to a local hospital.

Premier League strugglers Brighton announced they had decided to donate 1 000 tickets to workers battling the crisis and have invited others in the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to do the same when football resumes.

"We are working on a range of things across all areas of the community and I hope this will just be the start," said chief executive and deputy chairperson Paul Barber.

"We fully appreciate football is the last thing on anyone's minds at this moment, but we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS (National Health Service) staff on the frontline who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to."