£6,000 to help Snettisham Beach Sailing Club during current COVID-19 pandemic
Snettisham Beach Sailing Club in West Norfolk has been awarded £6,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards payment of essential fixed expenses during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
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 the club to meet essential permanent costs such as wages, insurance, licensing to see the club through this season so that is can re-start activity as soon as possible and continue providing the excellent opportunities for training and development of sailors of all ages and abilities as it has done for many years.
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 Snettisham Beach Sailing Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”
Club Commodore Adrian Tebbutt said: ” I’m reminded of something that Seb Coe said about the time of the London Olympics; “Sport is like an extra social service ; it binds people together and provides essential physical and mental benefits to the whole of society” - and that’s something we certainly need now! This grant money will help us continue doing that" .