New emergency flood relief fund available for sports clubs hit by recent UK storms

A new emergency flood relief fund has been set for sports clubs and facilities that have been negatively impacted by the recent bad weather, namely Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. Sports pitches and facilities that were damaged or destroyed by the recent storms can apply for emergency grants of up to £5,000.

The funding is available through Sport England and is designed to get sports clubs back up and running without delay.

The grants are available to sports clubs, community sports organisations, local authorities, and other sporting facilities, to help pay for damages caused by the recent adverse weather. Football, cricket and rugby pitches, as well as pavilions, water sport facilities are other clubs, can apply for the funding.

Sports facilities in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire are believed to have been hit the hardest by the storms.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO at Sport England, spoke about the emergency funding.

“When flooding happens, the priority must be making sure people are safe, they can get back into their homes and vital public services are back up and running.

“But we know from the floods in 2013 and 2015 that flood water can cause significant damage to sports pitches and pavilions, changing and social facilities.

“We’re making emergency funding available now so when the time is right sports organisations can pay for rebuilds and repairs quickly. We want to ensure that the sports facilities in local communities that help keep people physically active are not forgotten in the floods, so they are ready to use as soon as people want them,” said Hollingsworth.

Sports club insurance

With devastating storms like Ciara and Dennis becoming an increasingly regular occurrence in Britain, it is more important than ever that sports clubs have adequate insurance to cover them from the damage such extreme weather conditions can cause.

Nelson Policies at Lloyd’s provides a Sports, Social, Health and Leisure products designed to cover amateur sports clubs and private members social and health clubs. Get in touch to find out more about our comprehensive insurance for sports clubs.

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