Government Announced £300m ‘Winter Support Package’ To Help Ease Virus Impact

The government has announced a £300 million Sport Winter Survival Package aimed at protecting the future of sport in England after the impact of coronavirus.

Of the £300 million, £28 million will be distributed amongst grassroots football, with clubs at Steps 3-6 set to pocket £14 million.

There’s also £11 million for National League clubs, on top of their previous rescue package from the National Lottery – and £3 million for the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden says the package, consisting of mainly loans, is designed to help the government support clubs through a “difficult winter period.”

He said: “Sports clubs are the beating hearts of their communities, and this £300 million boost will help them survive this difficult winter period.

“We promised to stand by sports when we had to postpone fans returning. We are doing just that by delivering another £300 million on top of existing business support schemes.

“Britain is a sports powerhouse, and this Government will do everything we can to help our precious sports and clubs make it through covid.”

Allocations of funds have already been decided on a needs-based assessment, with the funding process being overseen by an independent body.

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