Another financial boost for non-championship football – and drag racing also gets government support
There will also be around £ 10million for football clubs in the first six levels of the National League system – including £ 3.1million of FREE money for those in Stages 3-6 (locally, the Southern Premier League up to Wessex League Division 1).
England’s Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport and Sport has said the horse racing industry will receive a £ 21million loan to help mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic.
“The funding will ensure that essential race day integrity costs and related health and safety expenses are protected, allowing the Levy Board to continue its program of financial support and funding in the industry which has significantly suffered because of Covid-19, “said DCMS.
Rugby Union clubs will receive an additional £ 16.7million in loans to complement the existing £ 16million emergency loan program provided by the government in May 2020.
“This is in addition to £ 1.45million in grants from the Community and Women’s Games program which complements the £ 300,000 financial support through Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund,” said the DCMS.
“This follows the announcement by the National Lottery that it had become an official partner of the Rugby Football League and the Women’s and Women’s Rugby League last week.”
Speedway clubs have been offered a loan of £ 300,000 and Europe’s first permanent drag racing venue, the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire, will receive loans of £ 843,000.
DCMS said another 20 clubs in the first two levels of the National League system will receive loan and grant funding worth £ 6.8million, bringing the total provided to clubs at those levels during the winter phase of sport survival program at 11.5 pounds sterling. mr.
This follows the government’s announcement that a 19-stage 1-2 debut club were offered loans worth up to £ 5.4million on February 19.
However, the fact that the financial aid was offered in the form of loans rather than grants ultimately led to the NL South and North seasons being declared null and void after the majority of clubs voted to stop playing.
Stages 3-6 of the National League system have also received an additional £ 3.1million grant, following a grant of up to £ 10million for clubs at this level announced on January 27 .
The clubs in stages 3 to 6 will be contacted directly by the Football Foundation with all the details and can apply from tomorrow. The funds will be distributed quickly to clubs through the Football Stadium Improvement Fund.
“This will bring the total support for the 880 clubs in stages 3 to 6 of the National League system up to £ 13.1million, with funds again to be distributed to clubs through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, administered by the Football Foundation. “
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “We promised to stay tuned and protect our major spectator sports when we had to postpone the return of fans.
“Through our Sports Survival Pack and existing business support programs, we have helped hundreds of clubs survive this difficult winter time.
“As the turnstiles begin to open over the next few weeks, players, staff and fans across the country can now look forward to a full return to action with confidence.”