17 February 2020
Sport England Offers Emergency Funding to Help Storm Damaged Pitches and Facilities
Emergency grants of up to £5,000 are being made available to help sports facilities in local communities that have been affected by Storm Ciara.
Sport England has announced that community, voluntary and social enterprises can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding which could be awarded in just a few weeks.
The funding will be awarded through Sport England’s Community Asset Fund, which was designed to help communities quickly respond to emergencies or unexpected events that stop people from being active.
The Sport England team aims to provide quick responses to those sports clubs most badly affected by the recent storm. The grants could typically be used to restore grass pitches, to repair and decontaminate flood or wind-damaged clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or dredge blocked drains.
Applications should be made using the Community Asset Fund online application which is available on the Sport England website.
Commenting on the emergency funding, Sport England Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth said:
“When flooding happens, the priority must be making sure people are safe, they can get back into their homes and vital public services are back up and running, but we know from the floods in 2013 and 2015 that flood water can cause significant damage to sports pitches and pavilions, changing and social facilities.
“We’re making emergency funding available now so when the time is right sports organisations can pay for rebuilds and repairs quickly.
“We want to ensure that the sports facilities in local communities that help keep people physically active are not forgotten in the floods so they are ready to use as soon as people want them.”