16/04/2020
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It’s an unprecedented time for Welsh sport, bringing the biggest challenge to our sporting infrastructure in a generation.

The impact of the Coronavirus comes just weeks after many clubs in Wales were severely damaged by flooding caused by storms Dennis and Ciara.

Sport clubs are facing an immediate threat to their existence.

Emergency funding of £400,000 for not-for-profit community sport in Wales has been confirmed by Sport Wales and Welsh Government.

Who is the fund for?

Welsh Government and Sport Wales have announced that they are making £400,000 immediately available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. The funding will be targeted at clubs who are already facing significant challenges after a difficult few weeks and who are likely to need immediate financial support over the next 12 weeks if they are to remain an important part of their communities in the future. 

How much money is available?

An initial Emergency Relief Fund of £400,000 has been made available. Each eligible Club will be able to apply for a maximum of £5,000.

When will the fund be available:

Sport Wales will be administering the Emergency Relief Fund. We are working through the details with Welsh Government at the moment and are currently setting up an application form and guidance on www.sport.wales to make the process as easy as possible for those needing support. Further information will be available on Sport Wales channels in the coming days, and we’ll communicate with our partners in the sport sector, as well as clubs, as soon as possible.

How do I apply?

We are just working through the logistics so that we can make sure the process is as easy as possible.  As well as online guidance we’ll have a team on stand-by ready to help answer your questions as soon as the fund is live. All questions and queries should be sent to: emergencyrelief@sport.wales.

Details of the application process will be released shortly. 

How soon will I be able to get funding?

We know it’s a challenging time and our priority is to get the money to those who need it most as quickly as possible and we’re talking weeks rather than months as we recognise people urgently need support. 

How can I find out if I’m eligible?

You will be eligible if you are a voluntary sports club with the following criteria

  • The main purposes of the club are to provide facilities for and to promote participation in the amateur sport(s) in Wales
  • Membership of the club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on the application, regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs, except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of the sport.
  • All surplus income or profits are to be reinvested in the club. No surpluses or assets will be distributed to members or third parties.
  • Upon dissolution of the club, any remaining assets shall be given or transferred to another registered sports club, a registered charity or the sport’s governing body for use by them in related community sports.

 

For more information

Please visit the Sport Wales website