West receive £10,000 award from the Community Emergency Fund from Sport England.

West Didsbury and Chorlton Football Club has received an award of £10,000 from the Community Emergency Fund from Sport England.

The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

In response, on March 31 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.

Chairman Steve Eckersley said

“We are absolutely delighted to have received this substantial and important award from Sport England. The termination of the football season due to COVID-19 has affected West and many other grass roots clubs financially. This award of £10,000 means that we can now complete the essential maintenance work to our club house, main pitch and the Hardy Farm pitches to help position the club ready for the resumption of football in whatever guise that looks like.

I am extremely grateful to Sport England for approving the award.”

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 to 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 nation’s health and wellbeing.

“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to West Didsbury & Chorlton to help it through these extremely challenging times.”

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