Scottish government seeks clarity on United Kingdom emergency sports funding

Ruben Hill
November 22, 2020

The cash injection is largely made up of loans.

The emergency funding package aims to protect the immediate futures of major sports which face a winter without spectators. Rugby Union will receive £135m, with £23m to be spent on clubs below the Championship.

Premiership rugby clubs, who had warned of bankruptcies without state aid, accounted for £59 million and the national Rugby Football Union £44 million.

Horse Racing, which has struggled since spectators were banned from entering racecourses, has been offered £40 million towards the costs of maintaining the venues.

"Clubs are the beating hearts of their communities - this boost will help them survive this hard winter period", said Department for Culture Media and Sport minister Oliver Dowden.

"Britain is a sports powerhouse, and this Government will do everything we can to help our precious sports and clubs make it through Covid-19".

"Both us and the government are starting to feel more confident that there may be a solution that would allow the safe return of fans that have tested negative for Covid to get back into stadiums quicker".

The top four divisions of English football will not receive funding.

"We welcome the announcement of a United Kingdom government support scheme for sports impacted by the loss of spectators during the pandemic, and will seek urgent clarification on the Barnett consequential funding as a result in order to support the sector in Scotland". Women's football, encompassing the Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship, will receive £3m.

"To be able to support others, there is no alternative option other than government to come in, whereas in the EFL, there is the alternative option of Premier League funding".

"We have always understood that as a regulatory body there are certain limitations and people may choose to step outside the sporting regulatory framework with a little less concern than they would if they were stepping outside of the law".

Cricket is also not covered by the package as it is a "Winter Survival Package" to target clubs and associations whose seasons would be underway by now, with supporters providing essential ticketing revenue.

"We are also doing our bit as the government, but also working with HM Revenue and Customs for clubs in trouble to make sure they are not pushing them further into trouble". "The role they play in their local communities is vital and this package of support from government will be hugely welcomed".

"This review included substantial public consultation, and game-wide interviews helping us to put in place the right set of powers, obligations and sanctions for the long-term benefit of the sport".

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