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Welsh Rugby to receive rescue grant from Government

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Welsh government has approved a £17.7m funding package to help sports in Wales with the impacted that the Covid-19 pandemic had.

This funding will be allocated to sports national governing bodies and most of the money will go to the Welsh rugby union. Rugby will get £13.5m grant and football £1.5m.

The rest will be divided to the rest of the sports in Wales.

The grants is to help spectator sports to help them through until September as there are no signs of spectators returning to the stadiums at the moment.

BBC reported that Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, the deputy minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “While restrictions on supporters at events have been vital in stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives, there can be no doubt they have created real hardships for many sports clubs, many of whom receive a significant proportion of their income through spectator attendance.

“I know this money will provide some stability to those sports worst affected by the loss of revenue during the pandemic, helping to bridge the financial gap until spectators are able to return safely.”

In England the Rugby Football Union (RFU) was set to receive £44m, Premiership Rugby clubs expected to get £59m, Championship clubs £9m and community clubs £23m.

Ireland and Scotland’s rugby authorities have been offered financial packages by their governments. Rugby union in Scotland will receive £20m, £5m in loans and £15m in grants.

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