£10,000 allocated to help Farnborough Football Club during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Farnborough Football Club in Hampshire has been awarded £10,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards essential running cost 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 Farnborough Football Club to cover ongoing costs around maintenance, rent and utility bills for the coming months.

Farnborough Football Club Chairman Simon Gardener commented: “The award of this grant will definitely help the Club in this uncertain period. There is still a long road ahead before we think about a return to football. At this moment in time all focus must be on staying safe.

“During the lockdown both the Owner and Directors are working hard to ensure that when the Club re-opens we will be ready.

“So I would personally like to thank Sport England on behalf of Farnborough Football Club for the award of this grant.

“The Club appreciates the uncertainty supporters are facing around when football might return to the Easy As HGV Stadium. With ongoing talks regarding the resumption of England’s top flight, we hope that football will return sooner rather than later.

“Please continue to be patient and once we have any news as always, we will keep you updated.”

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 Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound 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 Farnborough Football Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”