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Borough clubs receive emergency funding

Published on Thursday, 25th June 2020

A number of clubs in the Borough have been successful in receiving Sport England funding to help support them during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The £35m fund was set up at the start of the global crisis to help those going through financial hardship when operations ceased. Currently, the fund has seen over 11,000 applications from all over the country, and a total so far of £25.5 million dished out to groups and clubs in need.

One of the local clubs to benefit from this fund is Harriers Community Association, who work closely with our Sport Development Team to deliver annual events such as the 5k Fun Run.

Nick Wilson, Facilities Manager at the Harriers, said:

“The grant monies will be used to pay our utility bills and ongoing costs, as well as signage and PPE so that when we can open, our members are kept as safe as possible. We’ve followed Sport England and UK Athletics guidance, and are confident that the precautions we’ve put in place adhere to Government guidelines as much as possible.”

Another club to benefit from the fund are the Nuneaton Gymnastics Club, who plan to use the money to cover their quarterly rent. Martina Hateley, Chair of the club said:

We are very grateful to have received this award as it will help with covering some of the running costs during the club closure so we can focus on making sure the club survives and is ready to reopen when it is safe to do so. NGC is a not for profit club that has been a part of the local community for over 40 years, playing important part in engaging all in the sport of gymnastics. We hope that with the help of our members and funding available to sports clubs, it will serve the community for many years ahead.”

Cllr Ian Lloyd - Portfolio holder for Arts and Leisure said:

“It is great to see clubs in the Borough putting the money to good use. It has been a very difficult time for many sporting facilities that have had to close due to the coronavirus pandemic and this funding has provided a crucial lifeline at this time.”