FOLLOWING many letters to several ministers and a meeting with the Sports Minister, Robert Halfon has helped to secure a £300 million financial package that will support sports clubs affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Many sports clubs in Harlow will likely benefit from this funding in what has been an extremely difficult time for them claims the MP.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Halfon said: “We are so lucky in our town to have so many amazing sports clubs, from football and rugby to netball and basketball. As MP, I regularly visit them and see first hand not just how talented they are, but how important they are to our community. That’s why, over the last eight months I have worked so hard to secure further financial support for them – raising this in Parliament, meeting with the Minister for Sport and writing to him on many occasions.
“The package of financial support announced today will go a long way to helping our sports clubs through this time, so that we can continue to see them thrive as we emerge from the coronavirus. This comes on top of the well over £130 million financial package that has already come into our town to support our community and I will continue to work hard to ensure every resident, business and community group has the support they need.”
The major package provides:
Emergency funding to protect the immediate future of major spectator sports in England
Support to rugby union, horse racing, women’s football and the lower tiers of the National League football
Support to rugby league, motorsport, tennis, netball, basketball, ice hockey, badminton and greyhound racing
An unprecedented sport package in addition to hundreds of millions of pounds sports clubs have received through the covid business support schemes
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