Financial support for local sporting clubs facing hardship

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SPORT clubs in Carmarthenshire facing financial hardship or closure due to the impact of coronavirus can apply for emergency funding from Sport Wales.

The sporting body, along with Welsh Government, are providing £400,000 of emergency funding for not-for-profit community sporting clubs which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of the outbreak.

Each eligible club will be able to apply for a maximum of £5,000 and the money can be used to pay for rental fees, utility costs, insurances, facility or equipment hire (where there is a fixed cost), activities or costs that cannot be covered by government funding sources.

Clubs also affected by recent flooding can apply if they have capital costs or cleaning costs that they cannot pay for.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s sport and leisure team are working closely with Sport Wales, and successful applications will be determined by Sport Wales.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “This is welcomed news and I’m sure some of the county’s sport clubs that rely on revenue to keep their clubs going will be appreciate this support. These are also difficult times for community sport and physical activity organisations who are trying to keep their head above water, so this fund will help those unable to meet their financial obligations as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.”

The emergency fund cannot be used for retrospective costs incurred before the UK Government announcement of lockdown from March 24.

Organisations that are eligible for funding include

  • Local not-for-profit sports clubs.
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open.
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere.
  • Regional bodies at risk of financial hardship.

If you are a club and believe you require financial support you should email your details to


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