The British Government has prioritised Women’s sport in the latest round of funding in its Sport Winter Survival Package.
The Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship will receive a combined £2.25 million of grant support for essential league costs.
They are also being given free of charge a proportion of 250,000 free Covid-19 lateral flow testing kits being made available by the Government to elite sports, with women’s sport designated as a priority.
In netball, England Netball and the Vitality Netball Superleague will receive a total of £4.2 million in grants. The expanded league started its 2021 season on 12 February.
In basketball, British Basketball League clubs – including Women’s British Basketball League clubs – will receive £2.5 million in grants and loans, whilst Basketball England will receive a £200,000 grant.
Badminton England will also receive a grant worth £1.3 million.
The grant funding for England Netball, Basketball England and Badminton England is designed to cover essential costs to ensure the survival of these organisations.
This is the second tranche of funding to be announced from the Government’s £300 million Sport Winter Survival Package that is focused on helping those major spectator sports severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions survive the winter.
It follows the first announcement in January confirming that Steps 3-6 of the National League system will receive up to £10 million to protect the immediate future of approximately 850 clubs over the winter period.
Submissions for support have been made from individual sports to an independent decision-making Board, supported by Sport England.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“We are committed to helping our treasured sports through these challenging times,” said British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
“Today’s announcement is more evidence of our support for them.”
“In particular, Women’s sport has faced acute pressures. The past few years have seen fantastic progress – with greater participation, employment, commercial opportunities and visibility in the media. I am determined not to let it take a back seat again.”
“This targeted funding will enable sports to keep playing and inspire many more stars of the future.”
“We promised to support our national sporting life when we had to postpone the return of fans. Once again, we are doing just that. These free testing kits will help ensure the health and safety of elite athletes in competition remains paramount and mean resources can be focused on protecting the future of sports as we recover from the pandemic.”
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