The R&A, golf's governing body across the UK and Ireland, has today announce a new £7 million Support Fund Package, designed to help the golf industry deal with the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Golf clubs and facilities have been forced to close for almost two months as part of the lockdown, leading to many experiencing serious financial difficulties that have impacted business far and wide.
The statement reads:
The R&A today launched a £7 million funding package, The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund, to help golf deal with the impact of the pandemic.
The fund will be largely aimed at national associations and other affiliated bodies in Great Britain and Ireland.
Assistance for clubs and facilities
With the global pandemic leading to widespread temporary course closures and drastic reductions in domestic and international travel, many golf clubs and facilities are facing serious financial difficulties. The fund is being provided to help The R&A’s affiliated national associations to support those clubs and facilities, although some of the money may be used for other activities key to the future health of the sport.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on golf and many clubs are facing dire financial situations through no fault of their own. Golf is in our DNA and we want to see the sport continue to thrive from grassroots right through to the top level on the professional tours. We have a responsibility to do what we can to help in such a crisis.
“The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund will enable national associations and other key bodies to provide support to some of their members. We know that many challenges lie ahead but club golf is the bedrock of our sport and hopefully this fund will help to begin the process of recovery.”
How to access The R&A Covid-19 Fund
The R&A is working with its national associations and other selected organisations on communications, with each body being responsible for controlling and allocating its share.
The R&A reinvests the proceeds from the success of The Open, golf’s original championship, in growing and supporting golf and already provides financial support to a wide range of organisations in addition to national associations, including the European Tour, the LET, the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland and the Golf Foundation.
Whilst golf courses in England, Ireland and Wales are now reopen for play, most facilities are still struggling due to the lack of income despite still incurring running costs, and so this support will be vital over the coming months if the industry is to survive such a huge hit to finances during what would usually be the peak of the season.
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