New fund to help Storm Ciara victims
Grants of up to £5,000 are now available from Sport England. Storm damaged pitches and facilities could be back in use sooner than expected thanks to Sport Englands new emergency flood relief fund.
The effects of Storm Ciara are still being fully assessed but, in an attempt to rectify the damage as soon as possible, local authorities and community sports organisations are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to pay for emergency repairs.
Gale force winds and torrential rain have left pitches, pavilions and floodlights in a state of disrepair, with Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire among the worst-hit areas.
The grants, which will come from the Sport England Community Asset Fund, can be provided in as little as three weeks.
The grants could typically be used to restore grass pitches, to repair and decontaminate flood or wind-damaged clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or dredge blocked drains.
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