We are pleased to announce that we have received an award of £1530 of lottery money from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund, which will offset our loss of income this year resulting from the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on our usual programme of events.
This award is part of a £35 million national emergency fund to help community sports organisations during the crisis.
Our grant will make up the shortfall of membership subscriptions, tournament entry fees and taster session income. Although our income from subscriptions and tournaments have not been as severely impacted as originally forecast, thanks to the generosity of members and the National Forest AC and GC tournaments going ahead albeit on a reduced scale, it is our taster session income that has been particularly badly hit, with all sessions for visiting groups expected to be cancelled until at least the end of July.
Of course we still have the usual outgoings in terms of lawn maintenance costs, so we are delighted that Sport England have been able to step in to ensure that our finances continue to be sound despite the difficulties we have experienced this season.