UK Sport has confirmed it will grant £239,500 worth of extra funding as part of its support for national governing bodies struggling because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The grant is awarded to British Swimming and completes the second round of UK Sport’s Continuity Fund with seven sports receiving help following applications for additional assistance based on assessments of the longer-term implications of Covid-19.
The funding from the second round of the Continuity Fund now totals £677,5000. It will be used in a variety of ways by the seven sports including covering existing expenditure and supporting new strategic activities that will enable the sports to adapt to a significantly different operating environment moving forward.
With confirmation of the award to British Swimming, the following NGBs have received grant support via the second round of the Continuity Fund:
- Archery GB – £25,000
- Badminton England – £151,000
- British Fencing – £88,000
- British Mountaineering Council – £69,000
- British Swimming – £239,500
- British Triathlon Federation – £54,000
- England Hockey – £51,000
During the first round of the Continuity Fund 11 awards were made and, following the second round, a total of just over £2million has now been granted to sports to help mitigate the adverse impact of Covid-19 on the operational and financial health of NGBs.
Sally Munday, CEO at UK Sport, said: “The pandemic is having a significant impact on Olympic and Paralympic sports in the UK and our priority is to ensure the long-term health of our high-performance community.
“We are determined to play a key role in helping to protect Olympic and Paralympic sport and ensure it continues to thrive long into the future so it is really pleasing to be offering further funding from the Continuity Fund. I hope that this second round will provide the vital assistance these six organisations need at this time.”