Welsh government's plan to rescue rugby
NEWS: Welsh Rugby Union is set to receive £13.5 million in a new government funding package aimed at helping spectator sports hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Welsh Government is readying a £17.7million funding package and rugby union, rugby league, football, horseracing, cricket, netball and ice hockey in Wales will all benefit.
The revenue funding package will be allocated to the sports’ national governing bodies directly from the Welsh Government with rugby as the biggest beneficiary.
Wales Online reported that £13.5 million will be going to the WRU who will then decide how to pass on the money – which is intended to help during the remainder of the current period.
Wales’ four regions – Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys, Scarlets and Dragons – are likely to get help from the funding, as are grassroots clubs throughout the country that have lost their match-day revenue.
A Welsh Government statement said: “It has been designed to provide immediate financial support for spectator sports through the remainder of the winter period to ensure that sports will be ready for the beginning of the new season in September.
“The funding will ensure the short-to-medium term survival of sports organisations and clubs who have been financially impacted by the restrictions on spectators at sporting events.”