New emergency flood relief fund for sport
- Sports organisations hit by Storm Ciara can apply for funding from Sport England
- Badly affected areas including Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire invited to apply now
- Grants of up to £5,000 available
Sports pitches and facilities destroyed by Storm Ciara can apply for National Lottery funding from Sport England to help them get back up and running quickly.
Sport England is making available funding for emergency flood and storm relief works to help people across England restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the rising water and gale force winds.
The funding is available to sports clubs, local authorities and other community sports organisations to help pay for emergency repairs to damaged facilities such as football, rugby and cricket pitches, water sports centres, pavilions, changing rooms and floodlights. Grants of up to £5,000 are available and can be provided in as little as three weeks to affected sports organisations.
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO at Sport England, 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.”
Work that will typically be funded includes:
- Grass pitch restoration
- Clubhouse decontamination and repairs
- Replacement of damaged/condemned electrical systems
- Steam cleaning, de-silting of drains.
Early indications are that the storms have had the biggest impact on sports facilities in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. Bad weather is particularly affecting sports such as cricket and rugby because of flooded and waterlogged pitches, and water sports where many clubs are on riverbanks or in coastal areas.
Nigel Harrison, CEO at Yorkshire Sport, said: "Yorkshire Sport Foundation is working with local authorities, national governing bodies of sport and other partner organisations in West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire to compile details of the facilities affected by the floods. The impact is far reaching and covers large parts of the area. We welcome Sport England's early intervention, and we look forward to working with them to help get the affected clubs and facilities up and running again as soon as possible."
The Community Asset Fund was designed to help communities quickly respond to emergencies or unexpected events that stop people from being active. From damaged sports club roofs to areas hit by flood damage, Sport England’s team aims to provide quick responses to those most badly affected.
Community, voluntary and social enterprises can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding through Sport England’s online application form which could be awarded in just a few weeks: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-asset-fund
Organisations that need assistance with their application should contact our Funding Line on 0345 8508 508 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance on dealing with both the aftermath of flooding and mitigating damage can be found at: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/facilities-and-planning/sustainability