Merseyside sports clubs can apply for loans from the £300 million Sport Recovery Package  announced by Rishi Sunak in his 2021 Budget.

The Government will provide this to support major spectator sports in England badly affected by the pandemic.

This includes clubs and governing bodies, with cricket, horse racing and tennis among the main recipients.

The money will be distributed by Sport England, and is made up of loans.

The Horse Racing Community is still unsure on how much they will receive.

For venues like Aintree, it will be up to The Jockey Club to decide whether they wish to apply for a loan.

The England and Wales Cricket Board welcome the financial safety they have been given.

The Government will create a new Community Ownership fund worth £150 million.

This will ensure local communities can continue to use sporting facilities that they rely on.

Communities can bid up to £1 million, in exceptional circumstances, of funding to buy a sports ground at risk of closure.

£1.2 million will be going towards mitigating the financial strains put on the Women’s Euros by the pandemic.

It will also be used to put on a successful tournament in England in 2022.

It is hoped the money will also help women’s football to grow and thrive.

Liverpool Feds player Jodie Mortimer can’t wait to get back to playing football.

“I’m excited to get back to playing! We have missed it a lot.

“We’re hoping to hear some news about our league soon to see if we get to continue.

“We are already preparing trying to get our fitness up ready to return to training.”

An investment of £25 million will be going into grassroots football to help support the future of it.

This money will help to build an extra 700 football pitches across the country.

Another £2.8 million is being set aside to enable the UK and Ireland to bid for the 2030 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

The full Budget, including more information on the Sport Recovery Package, can be found at The 2021 Budget


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