Grassroots football clubs in Wales losing 7k each due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Grassroots football clubs in Wales losing 7k each due to the Covid-19 pandemic

FAW TRUST COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY SHOWS HOW THE PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED CLUBS ACROSS WALES

Grassroots football clubs in Wales have lost an average of £7,000 each, due to lost sponsorship, events, and other fundraising opportunities, since the Covid-19 outbreak.

The pandemic’s devastation, across the grassroots game, has been made clear by an FAW Trust Covid-19 Impact survey, which has been completed by more than 500 clubs.

Some of the startling findings included an average total income loss of £7,029.58 per club, with more than 80% reporting a loss in sponsorship money, as well as annual events, festivals and other mass participation income opportunities being decimated, across the country, last summer.

Also, more than half of clubs say they expect to lose vital volunteers, and many felt forced to increase membership prices at the start of the 2020/21 season.

On the positive side, the pandemic has inspired 74% of Wales’ junior clubs to undertake new activities or actions to compensate its negative impact.

Some of this has included using technology to keep the club connected and as a source of fundraising.

The Be Active Wales Fund available via Sport Wales, has supported 151 clubs to date which has enabled them to return to football activity safely this season.

The Be Active Wales Fund continues to be available to help clubs with financial support to return to football activity.

Story Courtesy of FAW Trust

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