England Golf and R&A unveil support fund for golf clubs and facilities

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Courses across the New Forest can benefit from the support fund with up to £10,000 available to help during the pandemic. Photo: Pongsakorn Tantiyakorn.

ENGLAND Golf has invited applications from all affiliated clubs and facilities to the R&A’s Covid-19 Support Fund.

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In agreement with the R&A, a sum of £2.5 million has been made available to clubs in England hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs and facilities can register their interest in the fund and begin the application process. Each club may apply for a grant of up to £10,000.

The idea behind the fund and how to apply was outlined in a letter sent to all affiliated clubs and facilities by England Golf CEO, Jeremy Tomlinson.

“May I take this opportunity to thank the R&A for supporting the club and amateur game through this fund and you, the clubs, for all your efforts over the past few difficult months,” wrote Tomlinson.

“The spirit of community, dedication to the game, a willingness to find solutions in unprecedented times and your support of England Golf’s notes of guidance have been crucial to golf playing a prominent role in the nation’s sporting recovery.

“The purpose of the fund is to provide short-term financial support to clubs and facilities as they develop a resilient business strategy and then plan for future sustainability.

Tomlinson continued: “Our aim will be to support as many applications as possible with consideration given to those applicants who have a clear financial need and can outline an ongoing impact from grants received.”

The fund has been welcomed as a means to help clubs build for a brighter future.

Clubs and facilities applying to the fund will be asked to commit to England Golf’s policies on safeguarding and equality.

Applications opened and will close at 4pm on 31st July.

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