Seasiders secure Sport England grant

£2400 to help Felixstowe & Walton United FC during current COVID-19 pandemic

Felixstowe & walton united FC has been awarded £2400 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards ground rent during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 

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.

The grant will allow Felixstowe & Walton United FC to cover ground rent costs at the Goldstar Ground for 3 months..  

Chris Daynes, Felixstowe & Walton United FC Chief Operating Officer, said:

“We are extremely grateful to Sport England for this grant. At a period in time when the majority of the Club’s income streams have been decimated, this grant will enable us to cover our fixed ground rent costs during the lockdown period, and enable us to come out of the other side of this pandemic in a stronger position.”

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 Felixstowe & Walton United FC to help it through these extremely challenging times.”