NI Executive announces £15m Covid Relief Funding for the sports sector

October 29, 2020

A view of Celtic Park, Derry. ©INPHO/Lorcan Doherty.

The Northern Ireland Executive has announced that it will make available £15m in funding to sports bodies and clubs as they struggle with the financial implications of Covid-19.

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín today announced a fund of £15 Million to help the sports sector deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The restrictions imposed on the sector so far have impacted widely on the ability of sports organisations and clubs to generate income through the normal means such as club membership, running competitions, having spectators at their events and through sponsorship arrangements.

The Minister said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that £15 Million has been secured to help sustain the sports sector.  The funding will go some way to make up for the income the sector has lost over the past 6 months and will also help to secure the future for Governing Bodies and clubs who have been hit hard by the Covid restrictions since March and will continue to feel the impact in the coming months. 

 “It is clear that we will all have to play our part in protecting the vulnerable, the health service and each other as we learn to live with the virus.  This support is therefore vital for the time ahead and I am determined to get the funding issued at the earliest opportunity.”

Officials from the Department for Communities and Sport NI will continue to engage with the Governing Bodies as work moves forward on the development of the funding scheme and the application process.  Further details will be announced in the time ahead.

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