Today the latest tranche of the Government’s Sport Winter Surival Package was announced and this time, it went towards tonnes of women’s sports.
Amongst the winning applications was the Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship the England Netball and Vitality Netball Superleague, Women’s British Basketball League Clubs and Basketball England. Badminton England also saw a boost.
In addition to thousands of pounds of support these groups are also going to receive access to lateral flow testing kits for their elite sports people.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
We are committed to helping our treasured sports through these challenging times. And today’s announcement is more evidence of our support for them.
In particular, Women’s sport has faced acute pressures. The past few years have seen fantastic progress – with greater participation, employment, commercial opportunities and visibility in the media. I am determined not to let it take a back seat again.
This targeted funding will enable sports to keep playing and inspire many more stars of the future.
This is on top of the long-term loan packages being provided to clubs and the £220million Sport England grants being made available to grassroots sports clubs for emergency funding.
Further winners of these grants will be announced soon.
The Government hopes to bring back sport as quickly as possible to help us all live fitter, healthier lives but spectator sports may remain quiet for the next few months.