The Scottish Government’s emergency Covid-19 funding package for Scottish football club was confirmed in detail on Friday.
The package will see the bottom three divisions in Scotland each receive grants, and Premiership side can apply for loans, as £30m has been earmarked to be spent on Scottish football.
Sum will help lower league clubs
The teams in the Championship will each receive a grant of £500,000, which will help them massively in these very uncertain footballing times.
One man who was delighted about the six-figure payout was Dunfermline chairman Ross McArthur.
“This is fantastic news for Scottish football. It’s positive for everybody” he said (Glasgow Times).
“Everybody is a winner. It’s a fantastic early Christmas present” he continued.
McArthur believes that the funding will ensure that no clubs in Scotland will go to the wall this season.
“Ensure the survival”
“It should ensure the survival of a number of institutions within Scotland, not just to the end of this season, but beyond, if everybody is prudent.”
Only time will tell if Premiership sides will apply for the loan that is available. Obviously that is different from the grant, as it will have to be paid back. That might not matter for clubs who are in real need of money.
However, for the lower league clubs in Scotland, the additional funding will be a big help, as McArthur has outlined. The next step to ensure Scottish football’s survival will be to allow fans back into stadiums. However, that might be a way off yet. The grants though will surely help with dealing with the loss of money from no fans.