Sports bodies expand flood relief funds

  • Posted on Jan 04, 2016

Sport England has doubled its fund as adverse weather conditions continue photo: Sport England Sport England has doubled its emergency flood relief fund for sports clubs to £400,000 (US$591,736, €542,530) as large parts of northern England continue to be affected by adverse weather.

Last month, the body pledged £200,000 (US$302,355, €275,699) to repair sports facilities damaged by rising water and gales brought by Storm Desmond. A further two storms – Eva and Frank – hit the region over the Christmas period.

Sports clubs in Cumbria, Lancashire and Northumberland can request £5,000 (US$7,559, €6,892) of emergency funding through Sport England’s online application process, with money that can be awarded within a few weeks.

Organisations that do not qualify for the money will be given advice about other sources of funding. Grass pitch restoration, clubhouse decontamination and repairs, replacement of damaged electrical systems and steam cleaning of drains are among the emergency jobs which will typically be funded.

Sport England launched a similar fund in early 2014 which helped 250 local sports facilities get back up and running following similar weather conditions. Gloucester All Blues Rugby Football Club restored its clubhouse, Ashton on Mersey Cricket and Tennis completed roof and gutter repairs, while Hull City Council restored the city’s playing fields.

The application period for the fund is open now and will close at 5pm on Monday 1 February.

Elsewhere, the Football Foundation has expanded its own emergency flood relief fund for the regions covered by the Manchester County FA, Liverpool County FA, Cheshire County FA and North Riding County FA. The £750,000 (US$1.1m, €1m) fund was originally set aside last month for the areas covered by Cumberland FA, Durham FA, Lancashire FA, Northumberland FA, Westmorland FA and West Riding FA.