Football, rugby union, rugby league, tennis and basketball among sports receiving part of £300m Government bailout

Bailout for football clubs (Picture: PA)Bailout for football clubs (Picture: PA)
Bailout for football clubs (Picture: PA)
The Government will provide a combined £300million cash injection to 11 sports hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced.

Major spectator sports have suffered as a result of the continued absence of fans from venues and after pledging its support, the Government has now outlined the scope of the backing it will provide.

The support will largely be in the form of loans, DCMS said.

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Rugby union will receive the biggest single amount - £135m. Of that, £44m will go to the Rugby Football Union, £59m to Premiership Rugby clubs, £9m to clubs in the Championship and £23m to clubs below the Championship.

Rugby league to receive £12m (Picture: league to receive £12m (Picture:
Rugby league to receive £12m (Picture:

Horse racing will receive £40million to support racecourses unable to welcome visitors.

Football’s National League at steps one and two - which has already benefited from £10m in National Lottery funding to assist through to the end of 2020 - will receive a further £11m to cover the period between January and the end of March.

Steps three to six of the pyramid will receive £14m, while the Women’s Super League and Championship have been awarded £3m.

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Preliminary breakdown of funding by sport, based on needs assessment:

Tennis will receive a slice of the funding (Picture: PA)Tennis will receive a slice of the funding (Picture: PA)
Tennis will receive a slice of the funding (Picture: PA)

Rugby Union: £135 million

Rugby Football Union: £44 million

Premiership Rugby clubs: £59 million

Championship Rugby clubs: £9 million

Culture secretary Oliver DowdenCulture secretary Oliver Dowden
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden

Rugby clubs below Championship: £23 million

Horseracing: £40 million

Racecourses: £40 million

Football: £28 million

Racecourses will receive a significant boost (Picture: PA)Racecourses will receive a significant boost (Picture: PA)
Racecourses will receive a significant boost (Picture: PA)

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.

National 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: £12 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

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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

Basketball 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: £1 million

Greyhound Board of Great Britain: £1 million

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