Following the loss of income for lower league football clubs such as Congleton Town FC, Fiona recently was assured by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in a Written Question that the Government is supporting clubs throughout the sport. See the full question and response below:
"To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what Government support is available for (a) Congleton Town FC and (b) other lower league football clubs to help sustain those clubs during the period of loss of income resulting from the covid-19 outbreak."
Nigel Huddleston MP, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:
"Football clubs form an integral part of this country and it is important they are given as much support as possible during these difficult times.
In light of this, the Government announced a comprehensive and sizable package of direct fiscal support for business through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support. Clubs can apply to the Football Foundation’s “Club Preparation Fund” for a grant as well to make the necessary changes and modifications to allow them to reopen.
It is also vital that the football community comes together at this time, and I welcomed the Premier League announcement to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League to help clubs throughout the football pyramid.
The Government will continue to liaise closely with all the football authorities to further understand the difficulties clubs are experiencing."