The delay in readmission of spectators to live sporting events, caused by coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions in the UK, has put sports organisations across the country in jeopardy.
The Sport Survival Package is a £600 million government funding programme, managed by us, supporting organisations under severe financial pressure.
The programme's been 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.
While the restrictions continue, the Sport Survival Package will continue to provide the financial support necessary to enable survival of eligible sports organisations aligned with the government’s roadmap.
The programme will support the high number of sport organisations under threat due to complete spectator restrictions, as well as the impact of reduced spectator numbers.