Funding support for the sport sector

The COVID-19 outbreak severely impacted sport and leisure activities in 2020, turning daily life upside down. The cancellation or postponement of many international sports events – not least, the Tokyo Olympic Games and Euro 2020 football championship – was a highly visible consequence, with millions of pounds lost in revenue. At the more local level though, the pandemic’s arrival has also caused many grassroots and community groups to struggle financially. Staff have been furloughed and projects put on hold.

Experiences during the pandemic have highlighted, however, sport’s benefits for both physical and mental health. Projects such as exercise referral and social prescribing are becoming mainstreamed within public health policy. It also plays a role in tackling loneliness and in meeting broader outcomes such as community development and capacity building.

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