THE Scarlets and other Welsh rugby regions will benefit from £13.5mn of funding from Welsh Government’s Spectator Sport Survival Fund.
With spectator sports coming to an abrupt halt last March, sporting bodies are facing immense financial pressures.
The funding will help the regions and other spectator sports including football, horse racing and cricket to see out the remainder of the winter period and be ready for the new season in September. The £13.5mn will be split equally between the WRU, Scarlets, Blues and Ospreys.
Deputy Sports Minister Dafydd Elis-Thomas MS said: “While restrictions on supporters at events have been vital in stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives, there can be no doubt that they have created real hardships for many clubs, many of whom receive a significant proportion of their income through spectator attendances.”
Llanelli MS Lee Waters said: “I know this support will bring some much needed stability to the Scarlets. We have had to ask an immense amount of them financially to help us tackle the pandemic, not to mention setting up a field hospital in the barn. I hope this money can help bridge the financial gap until spectators are able to return safely. Ry’n ni yma o hyd.”
Chairman of the Scarlets, Simon Muderack, said: “The continued absence of our supporters from Parc y Scarlets presents a significant financial challenge and we are grateful to the Welsh Government for this package which will help us at the Scarlets and all of Welsh rugby push through this difficult period.
“The safe return of crowds has been pushed further out than we anticipated so we all recognise there is more work to be done to ensure that rugby as a whole in Wales is back next season.”