The package was just one of a number of government actions to support sport and physical activity announced in today's budget. Other measures included:
- £25m for UK grassroots community sports facilities, supporting the future of grassroots football
- £1.2m to mitigate the financial effects of coronavirus on the Uefa Women’s Euro football competition and deliver a successful tournament in England in 2022, supporting the sport to grow and thrive
- A £150m Community Ownership Fund that will allow communities across the UK to invest to protect the assets that matter most to them, including local sports clubs
- £2.8m towards a joint bid from the home nations and the Republic of Ireland to host the 2030 Fifa Football World Cup.
We'll continue to work closely with the government and the sport and physical activity sector to ensure it opens up as soon as it's safe to do so and receives the support that's needed to rebuild.
This includes the implementation and administration of the government's £100m National Leisure Recovery Fund for local authority leisure facilities, and our ongoing analysis of the continuing needs of the public leisure sector and the vital role it plays in supporting the nation’s activity levels.
How will funding be allocated and how can people apply for the funds?
Guidance on the assessment criteria and the process for application will be published in the coming weeks.
As with the Sport Winter Survival Package, the funding is designed to support those sports in urgent financial need as a result of the further restrictions on spectators announced in the government's roadmap on 22 February.
We anticipate the application and decision-making process will be broadly consistent with the Sport Winter Survival Package, however, we'll confirm the details in due course.
Which sports will receive funding? Can you share a breakdown of funding for each sport?
The funding is designed to support those sports in urgent financial need as a result of the further restrictions on spectators announced in the government's roadmap on 22 February. For the summer period this includes sports such as, but not limited to, cricket, tennis and horse racing.
We're contacting national governing bodies to understand the impact, with guidance on the assessment criteria and the process for application to be published in the coming weeks.
More than £20m of support for football, netball, basketball and badminton has already been announced through the Sport Winter Survival Package. Further announcements of confirmed support will be made in due course.
What will be the balance of grants and loans for this new scheme?
The balance of grants and loans will be confirmed in due course, however, we anticipate the package will be predominantly made up of loans, with grants only being considered by exception – similar to the Sport Winter Survival Package.
This has been announced today, but when will organisations receive this funding?
We're already in dialogue with a number of sports impacted by the government’s timetable for the return of spectators, as set out in the recent roadmap.
Eligible organisations will be invited to apply and considered by the independent board on a staggered basis, based upon the urgency of financial need. We hope that the independent board will be able to make the first decisions in April, with organisations receiving funding shortly thereafter.
Why is more support for professional sport being provided? What about community sport?
This further £300m package will provide support for those sports in urgent financial need as a result of the further restrictions on spectators announced in the government's roadmap on 22 February.
This is on top of more than £220m of support we've provided for the sport and physical activity sector since the start of the pandemic, with our Return to Play fund extended until the end of June.
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