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UK Government announces £300m sport recovery package in 2021 Budget

A £300 million sport recovery package will be provided by the UK government, as announced by Rishi Sunak in his 2021 Budget.

UK Government announces £300m sport recovery package in 2021 Budget

The Chancellor declared that £700 million was being made available to art, culture and sporting institutions dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, of which £300 million was being provided to clubs and governing bodies across different sports in England.


In Sunak's statement to the House of Commons, he spoke of government's support of a potential joint bid from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.


"We're making available £700m to support our incredible art, culture and sporting institutions as they reopen, backing the UK and Ireland's joint 2030 World Cup bid, launching a new approach to apprenticeships in the creative industries, and extending our £500m film and TV production restart scheme," said Sunak.


On Twitter, culture secretary Oliver Dowden said that the £300 million package would go towards supporting spectator sports such as "cricket, tennis and horse racing," all of whom have suffered the financial burden of not being able have fans in attendance to watch their respective sports.


Additionally, Dowden spoke of £25 million being put towards building 700 football pitches to support the bid, as well as an extra £1.2 million towards the Women's European Championship, hosted by England, in 2022.




Author: Jake Wilkin