The Welsh government has announced a £14m funding package to support Wales’ sport and leisure sector during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said that the Sport and Leisure Recovery Fund is intended to provide essential support to sports clubs and organisations, independent providers and sporting events who have all faced significant challenges during the crisis.
‘I’m very pleased that we’re able to lead the way in Wales in protecting and sustaining this very important part of our society by delivering this targeted package of support,’ he said.
‘Sport across Wales came to an abrupt halt at the beginning of this crisis with an immediate impact. We also recognise that there are significant longer-term challenges facing the sector - linked to gradual reopening and low capacities.
‘I hope this fund will help with long-term planning and sustainability in the sport and leisure sector - which plays such an important part in keeping the nation healthy and active.’
The funding package will be allocated to Sport Wales and managed by them on the Welsh government’s behalf.
Sarah Powell, Sport Wales chief executive, welcomed what she described as a ‘very welcome and essential package of financial support’.
‘Physical activity was a lifeline for many during the pandemic and the sector has been working incredibly hard over the past six months, utilising funding designed to help the clubs, groups and organisations whose main role has been to enable communities throughout Wales to enjoy being active safely,’ she said.
‘The challenge to protect organisations, facilities and jobs remains paramount and we are delighted that through the Sport and Leisure Rescue Package additional support can soon be provided.’