Has your sports club been affected by the recent floods? If so, you may be able to claim up to £5,000 in emergency flooding relief from Sport England. The Emergency Flood Relief fund is open to applications now and will close at 5pm on Monday 1st February.

The fund had originally earmarked £200,000 to help cope with the effects of Storm Desmond in Lancashire, Northumberland and Cumbria, but the figure has now been increased in the wake of Storms Eva and Frank – with flood-hit clubs in any area now welcome to apply for help.

Funding could be obtained in weeks

Financial support can be forthcoming in just a matter of weeks, and can be used to pay for damage to pitches, pavilions and clubhouses, floodlights and changing room facilities.

We appreciate that sport isn’t a major priority when people’s lives, homes and businesses are at risk. But once communities are starting to get their lives back to normal, being able to use their local pitch or sports club as usual can make a real difference.

By launching this fund quickly to help with clean up and repair costs, I hope we can give people affected by the floods one less thing to worry about.Sport England’s chief executive Jennie Price

Floods have had a devastating impact

The floods have had a devastating impact on communities and the primary focus for many will be to try to get back to normality.

This fund is just a small part of our wider package of support for affected areas – by helping restore sports facilities to their former glory, it will help to slowly rebuild the lives and everyday routine of these communities.Sports minister Tracey Crouch MP

Apply for funding now

Clubs in affected areas are being encouraged to go to the Sport England website and see if they are eligible to apply. Clubs that require funding for a quick clean up can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding through an online application which could be awarded in just a few weeks. Organisations that unfortunately do not qualify for the fund will be given advice about other sources of funding that could help.

Good luck.

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