Stretford Cricket Club in Manchester been awarded £4391.00 National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards running costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. As a club they do not employ any staff or players to play cricket and rely on volunteer, local players and its junior section to survive. The overheads of the club just to stay afloat are sizable.
The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.
In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity 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 Stretford Cricket Club to cover its insurance premiums, pay utility bills, service it’s ground machinary and go someway to cover lost bar sales revenue from the many hire outs which have been canceled since March 23
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said “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 multimillion 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 Stretford Cricket Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”