Industry Shorts: British Rowing, The FA, Davis Cup

29 Jun 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

British Rowing hosted its first ever Virtual Championships, which took place over the weekend of 27-28 June.

1,200 competitors from 30 nations around the world competed in real-time, side by side virtual racing, with more than 120 virtual races taking part with every minute live-streamed alongside commentary and competitor webcams on the British Rowing website.

Throughout the course of the competition, various world and British indoor rowing records were broken including a new world record by British Paralympic Champion, Lauren Rowles.

Mark Bullingham, CEO, The FA, has said the organisation is preparing for losses of £300 million due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an update written for the organisation's website, Bullingham warned that, although elite football in England has returned, The FA has 'lost a significant amount of money that we can never recoup' and that many of its revenue streams will be affected for a considerable time.

As a result, The FA has proposed making 124 positions redundant, but says this will result in the loss of 82 roles from within the organisation as 42 were vacant when the governing body for football in England suspended recruitment in March.

The 2020 Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals have been postponed until 2020

Kosmos Tennis and the ITF confirmed the news, and announced that the event will now take place in Madrid in the week commencing 22 November 2021. 

The pair said the decision to postpone followed a three-month review of the logistical and regulatory challenges that have arisen as a result of the pandemic as well as the health and safety issues involved with hosting this year.

Sport England has published resources it says will help plan for a safe return to sport, as well as aiming to support the sector to keep staff, volunteers, members and people taking part informed of their responsibilities around social distancing and hygiene.

The resources work alongside existing and forthcoming government guidance, and include: guidance on inclusion and accessibility, supporting the professional workforce as well as volunteers, and support for organisations including help creating a risk assessment and guidance on social distancing.

Ukactive and Community Leisure UK say community leisure facilities face £800m shortfall, warning that 48% of public leisure facilities face closure unless local authorities receive urgent ring-fenced funding from the government.

The two bodies estimate that the closures could mean that as many as 1,300 facilities could disappear by the end of the year, along with more than 58,000 jobs.