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Sports hit by Covid restrictions get £2.5 million government support



Professional sports affected by the recent spectator limits imposed to combat Covid-19 have been allocated £2.55m in support from the Scottish Government.

The funding comes from the £5m announced for sport on 5 January, as part of £375m in wider business support.

It should cover up to 75% of losses after the Omicron outbreak saw a limit of 500 imposed on outdoor crowds from Boxing Day. This restriction will be lifted on Monday. The funding will also support clubs impacted by the limit of 200 spectators on indoor sports.

Football, which has the most clubs affected by the measures, will get £1.79m, while ice hockey (£350,000), horse racing (£265,000), rugby union (£125,000) and basketball (£20,000) will each be entitled to a segment of the funding.

The traditional Boxing Day Scottish Premiership football fixtures and horse racing at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day were among the events affected by the restrictions.

Sports minister Maree Todd said: “These sports clubs are at the heart of their communities, but many of them have suffered real hardships as the necessary Covid-19 lockdown restrictions meant attendances were heavily restricted.

“This funding will help to ensure clubs are able to bridge the gap in revenue as spectators return safely to sports events in larger numbers when these restrictions are eased next week.

“This Government has pledged to provide funding to support organisations affected by the necessary measures to keep us all safe and these allocations show we are doing this.

“We will continue to work in partnership to support all our sports clubs to help them through this difficult time and to ensure this funding can be accessed by all clubs as efficiently as possible.”

Further funding from the £5m may be allocated in the event of additional restrictions having significant financial impacts.

Ice hockey and basketball clubs affected, deemed to be most in need, will receive their funding directly from sportscotland. The other sports will see the funding provided to governing bodies who will then distribute it to members.

The amounts for each football club will be finalised by the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Professional Football League after this weekend’s fixtures as they are included in the period of restrictions.

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