Major sports in England will receive a combined £300 million in government loans to help with cashflow over the winter period.
The Sports Winter Survival Package will support sports - from national governing bodies through to clubs - impacted by coronavirus restrictions.
According to the government, rugby union, horse racing, women’s football and the lower tiers of the National League will be given support, as well as rugby league, motorsport, tennis, netball, basketball, ice hockey, badminton and greyhound racing.
According to the government, preliminary allocations have been made on a ‘needs based assessment process’, while the funding process will be overseen by an ‘independent decision-making board’ and supported by Sport England.
“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,” said Tim Hollingsworth, CEO, Sport England.
“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.
“Sports clubs are the beating hearts of their communities, and this £300 million boost will help them survive this difficult winter period,” he said.
“We promised to stand by sports when we had to postpone fans returning. We are doing just that by delivering another £300m on top of the existing business support schemes.”