First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that a £55million aid package will be provided for spectator sport – with £30 million going to Scottish football.
The football package has £20 million set aside in loans for Aberdeen, Celtic and the rest of the Scottish Premiership clubs.
£10 million will follow in grants for lower league clubs in the Championship, League One and Two, plus Junior teams and the women’s game. This has been confirmed as an industry left damaged by the Covid-19 pandemic gets support.
This has been long-awaited news, with fans still unable to attend the vast majority of games across all levels in Scotland. £25 million has been allocated to all other sports in the country.
Currently, up to 300 fans can attend stadia if the venue falls within tier 1 of the Government’s pandemic framework. Clubs like Aberdeen and Celtic have been vocal in their campaigns for fan returns.
The Scottish government was sent a warning by SportScotland last month, saying the sector had lost up to £100million since restrictions were brought about in March.
Scotland’s First Minister has confirmed the support package: “The devastating impact the pandemic has had on spectator sports across the country, particularly when so many of Scotland’s sporting clubs receive a significant portion of their income through spectator attending events.
“I’m able to confirm we will set out a £55m package of support for various spectators sports. This will comprise of grants and loans.
“It will include £30m for Scottish football with support for all levels of the game. It should be noted top-flight English men’s football has not received financial support of this kind from the UK Government.
“I can confirm that Scottish rugby will benefit from £20m and it will also include funding for basketball, netball, motor sport, horse-racing and ice hockey. That support package, taken in its entirety, will be well in excess of the Barnett consequentials as a result of the investment announced last month by the UK Government.”