Pewsey Vale FC have been awarded £2,885.00 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards helping to pay for utilities 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 Pewsey Vale FC to continue to operate and prevent the closure of the clubhouse and dissolution of the football club completely. PVFC will now be able to continue to provide the local community and surrounding areas with football for all levels from the age of 16 upwards. This would include spectators of all ages and walks of life.
Craig Wall, Pewsey Vale Chairman, said:
“We can’t thank Sport England enough for this much needed grant. This will enable us to continue to operate into the near future and beyond. Myself, committee and Vice Presidents are thrilled and grateful for this boost to help us through these uncertain and challenging times. I would encourage all grassroots organisations across the country to apply for funding to help out at a time where, we as organisations need it the most”
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 Pewsey Vale FC to help it through these extremely challenging times.”