Source: Press Release issued by Welsh Government and Sport Wales
Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales.
Welsh Government has confirmed they are making £200,000 available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. This is being match-funded with £200,000 from Sport Wales.
The impact of the Coronavirus comes just weeks after many clubs in Wales were severely damaged by flooding caused by storms Dennis and Ciara.
“It really is an unprecedented time for everyone and we’re acutely aware of the challenges to Wales’ sporting infrastructure,” said Sport Wales Acting CEO, Brian Davies.
“We’re really grateful to Welsh Government for this additional funding – it really will be a lifeline for community clubs.
“Our staff are working hard to set up an application process for the Emergency Relief Fund that enables us to provide funding as quickly as possible to those who need it most.
“Given the enormity of the current crisis, we anticipate receiving a significant number of applications, and we’ll need to direct funds to where they are most needed.”
Sport Wales and Welsh Government have worked together to identify an initial fund of up to £8.1million in addition to the Emergency Relief Fund. This will be used to support sports clubs and our well-established partner networks who are so vital in ensuring the nation is able to remain active and enjoy all the health and wellbeing benefits that sport brings. Sport Wales will continue to seek the views of the sector to shape further requirements and ensure that this fund complements the other support programmes available from the Welsh Government.
“We’re also working through other sources of funding and support so that we maximise the help we can give. It’s a quickly changing situation and we are communicating with our partners and clubs as much as possible. We have already identified an initial fund of up to £8.1million which will allow us to continue to support our partners beyond the Emergency Relief Fund. We will be working closely with our partners over the coming weeks to determine together how best to utilise the fund to support sport in Wales.”
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Orienteering is cancelled in the UK for some time to come. That includes the JK, Britain's biggest annual orienteering competition which takes places over Easter. To help soften this blow GB Squad member Chris Smithard has created a virtual orienteering competition - The Lockdown Orienteering Easter Championships. Comprising of 12 challenges over the weekend to test many of the different skills involved with orienteering like routechoice and map memory as well as races using the orienteering computer game Catching Features. At the end of the weekend an overall winner will be crowned.
There will also be JK inspired challenges during the weekend with links to classic JK races over the competitions 50 year history.
If you're up for the challenge or want to find out more please visit: lockdownorienteering.com/
Sport England has launched a new fund to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:
• Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.
Further details can be found here.
In the men's sprint today, Sasha Chepelin ran a great race, from a late start, to finish in 5th, 17 seconds behind the eventual winner, Olli Ojanaho (Finland) and just 7 seconds behind bronze placed, Joey Hadorn (Switzerland).
The course was technical, with many intricate route choice legs that provided a challenge for the athletes. Sasha said "A steady and secure race overall, but with a few small misses which cost me a really nice result, but the podium is already well beyond what I was hoping for at the sprint race. I really didn't put much effort into geeking nor hours into training for the discipline. In the end, it was a case of planning ahead and taking the foot off the gas frequently, and I think that suited many forest specialists very well, including me!"
Alex Carcas and Ali Masson were within one second of each other, finishing 24th and 25th respectively. Both said they had good runs, but they both saw places afterwards where they could have saved time. Harrison McCartney finished in 80th, with only two and a half minutes separating the top 100.
In the girl's sprint race, Cecilie Anderson ran a strong race against a very competitive field to finish in 20th, +1:26 on the time of the eventual winner, Simona Aebersold (Switzerland). Alice Rigby followed in 27th after a solid and stable race. Finally, Chloe Potter ran into 52nd place.
The complexity of the course and high density of the controls made mistakes very easy to make. Unfortunately, due to this, Fiona Bunn, still recovering from illness, and Nathan Lawson saw missed punches, but no doubt they will be looking to bounce back strongly later in the week.
Full results can be found here. The athletes are having a deserved rest day with the long race next on Friday.
Credit - Aidan Rigby