Professional sport has allocated £2.55million in COVID support

Football, rugby, ice hockey, basketball and horse racing benefit.

Professional sports affected by recent COVID-19 crowd limits have received £2.55million in financial support from the Scottish Government.

The funding comes from the £5m announced for professional sport on January 5, as part of £375m in support for wider businesses. It will take up to 75% casualties after the Omicron outbreak saw a 500 cap introduced on outside mobs. This restriction will be lifted on Monday, January 17. The funding will also support clubs impacted by the 200 limit on indoor sports.

Traditional Premier League football matches on Boxing Day and horse racing at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day were among the events affected by the restrictions.

Sports Minister Maree Todd said:

“These sports clubs are at the heart of their communities, but many of them have suffered real hardship as the lockdown restrictions necessary for COVID-19 have led to a severe restriction in attendance.

“This funding will help ensure clubs are able to close the revenue gap as spectators safely return to sporting events in greater numbers when these restrictions are eased next week.

“This government is committed to providing funds to support organizations affected by the measures necessary to keep us all safe and these allocations show that we are doing it.

“We will continue to work in partnership to support all of our sports clubs to help them through this difficult time and to ensure that this funding is available to all clubs as efficiently as possible.”


The funding package is distributed as follows:

  • Ice Hockey – £350,000
  • Basketball – £20,000
  • Horse racing – £265,000
  • Rugby – £125,000
  • Football – £1.79m

Total: £2.55 million

Additional funding from the £5m can be allocated in the event of new restrictions with significant financial impacts.

Affected ice hockey and basketball clubs, deemed most in need, will receive their funding directly from sportscotland. Other sports will have funding provided to governing bodies who then distribute it to members. The amounts for each football club will be finalized by the SFA/SPFL after the matches this weekend, as they are included in the restriction period.

Sara R. Cicero