The Football Association of Wales will receive a funding package of £1.5m from the Welsh Government’s Spectator Sports Survival Fund.
The aim of the fund is to provide immediate financial support for spectator sports through the remainder of the winter period and to the beginning of the new season in September.
The total Welsh Government funding pot of £17.7m is to be distributed accordingly amongst football, rugby union, netball, cricket, rugby league, horseracing and ice hockey. The allocated funds to each are based upon lost spectator revenue throughout the pandemic.
The FAW’s international match income has considerably dropped because of the pandemic with games being played behind closed doors.
Jonathan Ford, CEO of the FAW, said: “I am very grateful to Welsh Government for the funding that we have received from their Spectator Sports Survival Fund.
“Not having crowds at international matches has greatly impacted the FAW’s finances and this funding from the Welsh government will go some way in helping to offset some of this lost revenue.
“Times, however, remain perilous as we are still going to make quite a significant loss this year as a result of Covid-19. We long for the day that our fans can return to supporting our national teams in our stadiums.”
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas MS, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said: “Sport is an important sector of our economy and has a positive impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. Sporting events provide important shared experiences, have often been a welcome distraction during the pandemic and will be a vital player in our recovery and healing after the crisis.
“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 April 2020, the Welsh Government and Sport Wales launched an £8m Sport Resilience Fund and through the work of the FAW and FAW Trust, football clubs across Wales were amongst the biggest beneficiaries.
The FAW also secured financial support as part of a unique partnership with The National Lottery in November 2020, with a £750,00 support package giving a lifeline to 44 Cymru Leagues clubs while fans are unable to attend matches.