£300 million Sport Winter Survival Package to help spectator sports

Posted: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:47

£300 million Sport Winter Survival Package to help spectator sports

Major spectator sports in England will receive a combined £300 million cash injection to protect their immediate futures over the winter period.

The Sports Winter Survival Package will support sports - from national governing bodies through to clubs - impacted by coronavirus restrictions.

The funding, which will be largely composed of loans.

Support will be provided to rugby union, horse racing, women's football and the lower tiers of the National League. Rugby League, motorsport, tennis, netball, basketball, ice hockey, badminton and greyhound racing.

Preliminary allocations have been made on a needs based assessment process and reflect the submissions made from the individual sports, and the funding process will be overseen by an independent decision-making board and supported by Sport England.

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of Sport England, said: "These are unprecedented times for our sector, and those sports and leagues that rely so heavily on spectators for their income that have been especially impacted by the pandemic. The role they play in their local communities is vital and this package of support from Government will be hugely welcomed.

Alongside our wider support for grassroots and community sport, Sport England is working very closely with Government colleagues on the design of this fund and we look forward to playing a key role in its successful and swift delivery.

Full details on the Sports Winter Survival Package, including when it will open, eligibility and how to apply, will be announced by Sport England in due course. It is expected that the first tranche of funding will be distributed in the coming weeks".

Preliminary breakdown of funding by sport, based on needs assessment:

Rugby Union: £135 million

  • Rugby Football Union: £44 million
  • Premiership Rugby clubs: £59 million
  • Championship Rugby clubs: £9 million
  • Rugby clubs below Championship: £23 million

Horseracing: £40 million

  • Racecourses: £40 million

Football: £28 million

Rugby League: £12 million

Motorsport: £6 million

  • Owners/operators of major circuits (Silverstone, Goodwood, The British Automobile Racing Club, MotorSport Vision): £6 million

Tennis: £5 million

  • Lawn Tennis Association: £5 million

Netball: £4 million

  • England Netball: £2 million
  • Super League Netball: £2 million

Basketball: £4 million

  • Basketball England: £1 million
  • British Basketball League clubs (including Women's British Basketball League clubs): £3 million

Ice Hockey: £4 million

  • Elite League: £4 million

Badminton: £2 million

  • Badminton England: £2 million

Greyhound racing: £1 million

  • Greyhound Board of Great Britain: £1 million

These are all indicative figures based upon provisional returns provided to DCMS to produce an initial assessment of need.

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