Glebe FC have been awarded £10,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards ground costs, maintenance, utility bills and other essential running costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23rd has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.
In response, on March 31st Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.
Glebe Chairman Rocky McMillan spoke of his delight at receiving the award;
“We are extremely grateful for the help of Sport England have given us with this grant. Without these funds the club would have found itself in a very testing position. With this support we now look forward to providing best in class facilities for our members in the new season”
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said;
“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nations health and wellbeing.”
“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Glebe FC to help it through these extremely challenging times”
About the Sport England Community Emergency Fund
The Sport England Community Emergency Fund is a part of Sport England’s overall £195m support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19, the £20m Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need.
It’s specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.
Awards will be between £300 and £10,000, and in in exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000.
The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.
The £20m fund of National Lottery money is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government such as funds targeted at small businesses.
Further information on the community Emergency Fund – including if your organisation is eligible and the application process – can be found via https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund
Glebe were founded in 1995 by Rocky and his wife Grace and the club has teams from under sevens to under 18s, a ladies’ side and their men’s first team compete in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division – in the ninth tier of English football.
In addition Glebe were one of the first clubs to establish a FA Wildcats Centre, providing an opportunity for local girls to play football.