The delay in readmission of spectators to live sporting events, caused by coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions in the UK, put sports organisations across the country in jeopardy.
The Sport Survival Package was an up-to-£600 million government funding programme, managed by us, supporting organisations under severe financial pressure.
The programme was delivered in two phases, responding directly to the government's coronavirus policy.
Phase 1 - Winter Survival Package
The winter phase was announced by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Oliver Dowden, on 19 November 2020 – providing support for organisations impacted by restrictions to spectator readmission at live sporting events in England, applied from 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021.
Approximately £300m was made available to sports organisations impacted over this period.
Phase 2 - Extended Survival Package
On 22 February 2021, the government announced their roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions, with an expected staged return of spectators to live events.
In response, on 3 March 2021 Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a further £300m investment to continue support into the summer period and as needed while restrictions ease.