Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth has welcomed the new £300 million Sport Survival Package that was confirmed in the budget.
The government funding, that builds on the successful rollout of the £300m Sport Winter Survival Package announced last November, will help sports that are heavily dependent on income from spectators such as cricket, tennis and horse racing continue until fans are allowed to return.
The package was just one of a number of government actions to support sport and physical activity announced in the budget. Other measures included:
£25m for UK grassroots community sports facilities, supporting the future of grassroots football
£1.2m to mitigate the financial effects of coronavirus on the Uefa Women’s Euro football competition and deliver a successful tournament in England in 2022, supporting the sport to grow and thrive
A £150m Community Ownership Fund that will allow communities across the UK to invest to protect the assets that matter most to them, including local sports clubs
£2.8m towards a joint bid from the home nations and the Republic of Ireland to host the 2030 Fifa Football World Cup.
We'll continue to work closely with the government and the sport and physical activity sector to ensure it opens up as soon as it's safe to do so and receives the support that's needed to rebuild.