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.
The first three runners from Denmark were able to stay with the pack before Maja Alm made a gap on the rest of the field in a fast and tight sprint relay race around the soggy Wroclaw Zoo. Their lead was 26 seconds over Switzerland, and Russia took third place, 40 seconds behind.
Great Britain finished in a very impressive 5th place only 1:20 behind the winners and 42 seconds from a podium finish! Here's what the athletes thought of the experience:
Tessa Strain said: “I was happy with my race. I know my fitness isn't as good as the best and so I just focussed on getting my controls right and was pleased to be within touching distance of the lead.”
Peter Hodkinson said: “I think we performed well as a team and I'm happy with a strong run on my leg. I started with a small gap ahead of the main group of favourites and worked hard to gradually close this throughout the course. By the end, I had gained time on the leaders and set Ralph off with the main pack so I'm satisfied that I did the job that needed to be done. There were a lot of routes doubling back in the zoo so I was often able to see the teams ahead which really helped me to push on as I saw the runners ahead getting closer to me.”
Ralph Street said: “I was really excited to be going out amongst some good runners, there were a lot of 50/50 decisions to start with and we stayed together as a pack. Around halfway through the zoo, I saw an opportunity to potentially gain time and this put me into the lead of the pack. From there I tried to push on and close the gap to Kyburz, unfortunately, my orienteering suffered a little bit but overall I feel I did gain time by making this tactical decision.”
Megan Carter Davies said: “Tessa, Peter and Ralph sent me out in a great position. I knew that realistically I was not going to hold our 2nd place so there was no point worrying about it but instead have a good run for me. I did that and was happy to see that I was actually able to keep with the other girls out there. I misread the hedges after the arena passage allowing Helena to overtake but otherwise, I am really happy with how that went and am very proud of my teammates for doing such a great job today.”
Congratulations to all the athletes that have taken part in The World Games 2017. The GB team will now look ahead to World Cup Round 3 in Latvia which takes place on 25th - 27th August 2017.