Muir calls for more Financial Support for Local Sports Clubs

Alliance North Down MLA Andrew Muir has voiced concern over the lack of financial support extended to local Sports Clubs in recent months. 

“There has been significant confusion around support scheme eligibility criteria for Sports Clubs, many of whom have in house pubs and restaurants which generate a large proportion of their revenue and have had to close in line with recent restrictions.” 

“The Department of Finance’s Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (LRSS) has either provided little or no support despite being designed to help exactly the type of businesses in need of help such as bars and restaurants required to close. 

The Sports Sustainability Fund was also made available to Clubs through the Department for Communities but does not appear to be providing sufficient funding to cover ongoing overhead costs and losses from lack of business over the past year.” 

“There needs to be a clear and substantial move to support these organisations which are so important to our local communities. The schemes put out so far have let too many businesses fall through the cracks and I will be doing all I can to make sure they receive the funding so desperately needed to survive the pandemic working in conjunction with local clubs, representative bodies and the Assembly All Party Group on Sports and Physical Recreation”