Grassroots football clubs in Wales have lost an average of £7,000 each, due to lost sponsorship, events, and other fundraising opportunities, since the Covid-19 outbreak.
The pandemic's devastation, across the grassroots game, has been made clear by an FAW Trust Covid-19 Impact survey, which has been completed by more than 500 clubs.
Some of the startling findings included an average total income loss of £7,029.58 per club, with more than 80% reporting a loss in sponsorship money, as well as annual events, festivals and other mass participation income opportunities being decimated, across the country, last summer.
Also, more than half of clubs say they expect to lose vital volunteers, and many felt forced to increase membership prices at the start of the 2020/21 season.
On the positive side, the pandemic has inspired 74% of Wales' junior clubs to undertake new activities or actions to compensate its negative impact.
Some of this has included using technology to keep the club connected and as a source of fundraising.
The Be Active Wales Fund available via Sport Wales, has supported 151 clubs to date which has enabled them to return to football activity safely this season.
The Be Active Wales Fund continues to be available to help clubs with financial support to return to football activity.
The facts in-full:
- 97% of clubs have been affect financially by COVID-19
- Events and Fundraising have been the incomes most effected from clubs.
- Average total income loss - £7,029.58
- The highest age groups / provision that have been impacted are seniors and U14 – U16’s
- 51% of clubs are predicting to lose volunteers from their clubs
- 82% of clubs have lost sponsorship
- 37% of clubs are looking at needing to increase membership and/or ticket prices