Ineos Golf Club in Newton Aycliffe has been awarded £10,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards to supporting the club to cover irrecoverable costs incurred by the organisation during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.

The outbreak of the virus, and the consequent shut down of businesses as of 23rd March, has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty. In response, on 31st March Sport England announced a £195M package to help the sport and physical activity sector through Covid-19. Within the package is a £20M Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

The grant will allow Ineos Golf Club to cover the cost of essential work in maintaining the golf course through the lockdown period and in bringing it back up to a playing standard.

Tom Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said: “As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this county to not just come through this crisis, but be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20M Community Emergency Fund, made possible by National Lottery players, is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of organisations who are central to the nation’s health and well-being”. We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Ineos Golf Club to help it through these extremely challenging times”.