National League football clubs will obtain £10m funding as a part of a partnership with The National Lottery.
Some 66 clubs within the fifth and sixth tiers of English football will profit, permitting them to proceed to play, regardless of the return of followers being delayed due to COVID-19.
Funding will likely be given to every of the clubs to assist cowl gate income misplaced since 1 October when followers had been anticipated to return.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden mentioned: “I do know from a superb membership in my space that National League football clubs are the beating coronary heart of their communities and too treasured to lose.
“This £10m fund will present a bridge to assist clubs survive this quick disaster whereas we work collectively on the protected return of followers.”
Mark Bullingham, FA chief government, mentioned the monetary assist was “essential”, including that the clubs are the “heartbeat of their communities… it could be a travesty in the event that they weren’t ready to survive”.
“We have labored arduous with the National League, authorities and The National Lottery to make this occur and would really like to thank everybody concerned,” he mentioned.
“The return of followers to stadiums stays a precedence for us and we are going to proceed to work with the federal government and stakeholders throughout the sport to reintroduce spectators in a protected means as quickly as potential.”
Nigel Railton, chief government of National Lottery operator Camelot, mentioned: “Millions of National Lottery gamers love football, so our partnership can even see them obtain a spread of nice advantages. It’s our means of claiming thanks to our gamers, who make a distinction each time they purchase a ticket.”
The UK authorities is working with the National Lottery in direction of comparable assist for the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland football associations.