The UK’s sports funding agency has admitted it will be unable to provide emergency funding for football, rugby, and cricket after floods hit parts of the country.
The Sport Relief Fund will be able to help fund sports facilities and matchday infrastructure, but it will not be able provide football or rugby for players or teams, it said in a statement.
The fund was set up by the government to help sports organisations cope with flooding after the devastating floods of 2015.
In the past two years, floodwaters have damaged more than 2,000 sports facilities, leaving more than 8,000 people without access to a home, or without access at all.
The charity Sport Relief said in the statement that it was not sure how long it would take for the fund to be able pay for sports facilities to reopen.
“We will need to assess the extent of the impact on our financial position in the coming months,” the statement read.
“For some organisations, this will mean the ability to provide temporary funding for up to six months while the situation is assessed and assessed in more detail.”
The fund will be a “favourite” for sport in the UK, it added.
Sport Relief will work with local government, sport bodies, and government departments to decide on the funding needs of local and national sports organisations.
The UK government will be taking a “stronger stance” on sports funding over the next six months, Clark said. “
It is crucial that all sporting facilities remain open and operational and that we can provide all the support needed to provide support to the communities and sporting organisations in the most affected areas.”
The UK government will be taking a “stronger stance” on sports funding over the next six months, Clark said.
“As we approach the first half of the year, I will be reviewing the status of our Sports Relief Fund and will be ensuring that all funding received is appropriate and that the fund remains a top priority for sport.”