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Emergency funding worth £535,402 has so far been awarded to community clubs in Wales that have been hit by the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis and winter flooding.

Eight clubs were awarded a share of £11,537 this week, meaning that 286 clubs in need of immediate financial support have now received grants through Sport Wales’ Emergency Relief Fund.

This was the eighth week of Emergency Relief Fund applications being considered by Sport Wales as it continues to provide funding to protect Welsh sport.

Owen Hathway, Assistant Director at Sport Wales said: “It’s an unprecedented time for Welsh sport, bringing about the biggest challenge to our sporting infrastructure in a generation.

“With everything that is going on during the Coronavirus crisis it’s sometimes easy to forget that last winter we also endured horrendous flooding in Wales which caused such significant damage to a lot of our sports clubs. 

“We all look forward to some sort of normality resuming soon, and our sports clubs will play a huge role in looking after the nation’s physical and mental health as we recover from this time. 

“Clubs that need to apply can be assured that funding will be made available if they meet our criteria. We’ve made a commitment to top up the Emergency Relief Fund when needed, while we’re working through plans for other financial support to help clubs restart.”

Any eligible club in need of immediate financial support can apply for a maximum of £5,000. The Emergency Relief Fund is designed to complement other sources of funding provided by the UK Government or Welsh Government, such as funds targeted at small businesses.

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