New emergency flood relief fund for sport

  • Sports organisations hit by Storm Ciara can apply for funding from Sport England
  • Badly affected areas including Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire invited to apply now
  • Grants of up to £5,000 available

Sports pitches and facilities destroyed by Storm Ciara can apply for National Lottery funding from Sport England to help them get back up and running quickly.

Sport England is making available funding for emergency flood and storm relief works to help people across England restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the rising water and gale force winds.

The funding is available to sports clubs, local authorities and other community sports organisations to help pay for emergency repairs to damaged facilities such as football, rugby and cricket pitches, water sports centres, pavilions, changing rooms and floodlights. Grants of up to £5,000 are available and can be provided in as little as three weeks to affected sports organisations.

Work that will typically be funded includes:

  • Grass pitch restoration
  • Clubhouse decontamination and repairs
  • Replacement of damaged/condemned electrical systems
  • Steam cleaning, de-silting of drains.

Early indications are that the storms have had the biggest impact on sports facilities in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. Bad weather is particularly affecting sports such as cricket and rugby because of flooded and waterlogged pitches, and water sports where many clubs are on riverbanks or in coastal areas.

Community, voluntary and social enterprises can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding through Sport England’s online application form which could be awarded in just a few weeks:

Organisations that need assistance with their application should contact the Funding Line on 0345 8508 508 or email us on

Guidance on dealing with both the aftermath of flooding and mitigating damage can be found at:

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