The government reveals how much cash is being handed down to non league clubs following a meeting on Thursday the 19th of November 2020.
The Government has announced £28 million of funding to non league and women’s football.
They are also reportedly exploring the possibility of spectators being allowed into venues by Christmas in areas with the lowest coronavirus infection rates.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to have privately told MPs that reopening sports grounds was “a personal priority”, though he did not give any specifics when the matter was raised during PMQs on Wednesday.
The second wave of infections has led to another national lockdown, but reports from Tuesday suggested that if there is a return to a tiered approach to restrictions from early December, venues in the lowest-risk areas could open up.
“I understand the frustration over fans and we hope to get crowds back in the ground as soon as possible,” Johnson said.
Asked about the financial struggles of EFL clubs starved by matchday revenue may face, Johnson said: “We don’t want any football team to go out of business as a result of this pandemic and we’re doing everything we can.”
Oliver Dowden, minister for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, held a virtual meeting on Tuesday with footballing representatives. The National League were among the invitees.
He tweeted: “Constructive conversation with football leaders on governance and money, diversity and getting fans back.
“I want to work together with football to make progress on important issues for the game’s long-term future.
“Discussions to continue as we start our fan-led review of governance.”
The sports minister Nigel Huddleston has provided an update on financial support for sport today.
Meanwhile, nine National League clubs have called for the resignation of the governing body’s chairman Brian Barwick amid complaints over the proposed distribution of funding.
Coverage of the funding matter by the Non League Paper has prompted National League directors to write to editor in chief David Emery to object to a “one-sided” approach and insist that the distribution is “under constant review”.
The latest funding will be largely composed of loans. Here’s a breakdown of the funding provided to each sport…
EXTRA CASH FOR SPORT
Rugby Union: £135 million
• Rugby Football Union: £44 million
• Premiership Rugby clubs: £59 million
• Championship Rugby clubs: £9 million • Rugby clubs below Championship: £23 million
Horseracing: £40 million
• Racecourses: £40 million
Football: £28 million
• National League (steps 1-2): £11 million. This follows the announcement that National League clubs at steps 1-2 would receive £10 million National Lottery funding to keep them afloat up to the end of 2020, following a unique deal brokered by the Government.
• Non League (steps 3-6): £14 million
• Women’s Football(Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship): £3 million
Rugby League: £12 million
• Rugby Football League: £11 million. This will be delivered as a top-up to the existing Government Loan scheme announced in May 2020, to reflect updated circumstances
Motorsport: £6 million
• Owners/operators of major circuits (Silverstone, Goodwood, The British Automobile Racing Club, MotorSport Vision): £6 million
Tennis: £5 million
• Lawn Tennis Association: £5 million
Netball: £4 million
• England Netball: £2 million
• Super League Netball: £2 million
Basketball: £4 million
England: £1 million
• British Basketball League clubs (including Women’s British Basketball League clubs): £3 million
Ice Hockey: £4 million
• Elite League: £4 million
Badminton: £2 million
• Badminton England: £2 million
Greyhound racing: £l million
• Greyhound Board of Great Britain: £1 million
Fans reacted as the government reveals how much cash non league clubs will receive…
£0 for Grassroots clubs though @OliverDowden
We need to protect the future of the game aswell. https://t.co/NlVwGisfpt
— Grassroots (@FootballGrf) November 19, 2020
Guaranteed matches behind closed doors for the foreseeable future then
— Nigel Cliff (Proud Black Country Man) (@Cliffyboy13) November 19, 2020
— Aaron (@AaronBoxing93) November 19, 2020
Lets hope that the allocation of money to NL clubs is done more fairly than the first debacle!
— Gary Hamilton (@HamiltonG1961) November 19, 2020
The financial Cavalry is coming over the hill https://t.co/rX3e6gANee
— LOVE NON-LEAGUE (@Love_non_league) November 19, 2020
— Grand Sports Football (@GSC_Football) November 19, 2020
I’ve heard York City are getting £10m of this because that will wind up everyone else
— Little Sc⚽️ff (@LittleScoff) November 19, 2020
Let’s see how the £11m gets allocated this time Henry. The previous allocation of £10m from the lottery has been completely disastrous to the integrity of those running the National League. Completely unbalanced distribution last time. Here’s hoping they get it right this time.
— Banksy (@banks247) November 19, 2020
Thats fantastic news this money keep men & womens games going
— Steve (@SteSsilver900) November 19, 2020
Another £11 Million to the National League….I’ve got an idea that will save all the squabbling about how it’s dished out….Just give it all to us 😁 #Shots
— Steve Aspinall (@SteveyAsp) November 19, 2020