Women's sport has received a multi-million financial boost in the form of a winter survival package from the UK government, with netball, football, badminton and basketball all set to benefit from the grant.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said that netball will receive £4.2 million to aid in the Netball Superleague's restart for the 2021 season.
“It has provided vital security and protection for our clubs within the league who are currently without the usual income from ticket sales,” said England Netball CEO Fran Connolly in a statement.
The Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship will receive £2.25 million, whilst badminton and basketball are said to be getting £4 million combined.
Additionally, the government will be assisting in providing 250,000 free COVID-19 tests to allow for regular testing of both players and staff.
FA director of the women’s professional game Kelly Simmons said: “This grant will help provide vital financial support to give the best possible opportunity to complete both the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship campaigns."
“Starting during pre-season last summer, we have carried out COVID-19 testing for players and staff every week in the top two divisions to ensure they can take to the field safely.
“With this grant from the Sport Winter Survival Package, we will be able to continue to do this right through to the end of the 2020-21 season.”
Author: Jake Wilkin