National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund for Long Sutton Cricket Club
Long Sutton Cricket Club have been bowled over by a funding boost to help towards essential costs during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Paradise Field club – who have three adult teams and a vibrant junior section – have received £2,310 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund.
The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.
Sport England, in response, announced a £195m package to help the sector through Covid-19.
Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.
The grant will allow Long Sutton to cover rent and maintenance costs for the coming months.
Club chairman Chris Booth said: “Long Sutton Cricket Club are very grateful to Sport England for this lifeline in difficult times.
“While there are clearly more important things in the world to worry about than local cricket it is good to know that with help like this, we will be here ready to start playing when life returns to some level of normality.”
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s chief executive, added: “As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future.
“The £20m Community Emergency Fund, made possible by National Lottery players, is part of a multi-million pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.
“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Long Sutton Cricket Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”
Further information on the Community Emergency Fund – including seeing if your organisation is eligible and the application process – can be found at www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund.
Awards will be between £300 and £10,000 and in in exceptional circumstances they will consider awards of more than £10,000.
The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport.