Club Awarded Sport England Grant

Scarborough Athletic Football Club Awarded Sport England Grant 



Scarborough Athletic Football Club in North Yorkshire has been awarded £6500 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards irrecoverable costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 


The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.


In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.


The grant will allow Scarborough Athletic Football Club to cover irrecoverable costs such as rent and utility costs associated with the operation of the Filey Community Sports Club facility.


Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said: 


As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation,we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lotteryplayersis part of a multimillionpound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.


“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Scarborough Athletic Football Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”


Scarborough Athletic FC Director, Paul Exley said:


 “We are grateful to Sport England for providing us with the grant to help support our ongoing costs related to Filey Community Sports Club throughout this unprecedented pandemic. We were hoping to play a number of home fixtures in March and April which would have helped to cover some associated costs such as rent and utilities through the cafe, however the pandemic prevented this. The support from Sport England will ensure our sides, ranging from Under 7 through to Under 19 will be able to utilise the facility in the near future and longer term”. 


Scarborough Athletic FC Supporters Society Ltd, trading as Scarborough Athletic FC is a not for profit organisation. Scarborough Athletic FC Supporters Society Ltd is solely a Supporters Trust owned club.


Scarborough Athletic FC is a community football club, with teams from ages Under 7 through to Under 19 and into the first team. The club also has a disabled football side, veterans side and has run a mental health football initiative, whilst playing an active part in the local community.



About the Sport England Community Emergency Fund 


Part of Sport England’s overall £195m support packageto help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19, the £20m Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It's specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.


Awards will be between £300 and £10,000, and in in exceptional circumstances we’ll consider awards of more than £10,000. The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

This £20 million fund of National Lottery money is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses. 

Further information on the Community Emergency Fund – including seeing if your organisation is eligible and the application process - can be found via    

About National Lottery  

National Lottery players raise £30m every week for good causes, funding arts, heritage, sports, voluntary and charity projects around the UK. For more information on good causes in your area go to 


About Sport England 


Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport. 


It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes. 


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