Here’s the 328 English golf clubs that have received Covid funding

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 20, 2020 11:39

England Golf has published a list of the 328 golf clubs that have received more than £2.5 million between them of coronavirus support.

Since August, England Golf has carried out an anonymised assessment process on all submissions to the Covid-19 Support Fund before distributing the money, provided by The R&A, to the 328 golf clubs and facilities all across England.

The publication comes as up to £500,000 of new Covid-19 funding to support some of the nearly 450 English golf clubs that narrowly missed out on the grant earlier has also been announced.

Nearly 800 English golf clubs applied for support this summer, but more than half of them were unsuccessful.

Clubs which were able to demonstrate both a financial need and a well-structured plan designed to assist business resilience and promote future sustainability, have each received funding of up to £10,000 in the last month.

Here are the successful clubs:

 

However, with 775 applicants to the original support fund and these applications totalling over £7.2 million, England Golf was unable to satisfy all requests.

England Golf chief executive officer, Jeremy Tomlinson, commented: “I hope this will help to make a real difference to clubs and facilities who have shown amazing resilience and resourcefulness in a year of unprecedented disruption.

“It was clear to us that if we could dedicate money to invest in sustainable projects at clubs in the short-term, then the long-term benefits could be substantial for our game.

“Throughout the pandemic we have communicated regularly with our clubs, counties and golfers and provided advice, guidance and practical help where we could.

“We have also listened to our clubs and worked with them for the good of the game.

“Sometimes, though, clubs simply need money to bring projects to life.

“I would like to thank the England Golf Board for sanctioning this additional investment on top of the money we gratefully received from The R&A and which has already been distributed to 328 clubs.

Jeremy Tomlinson

“This not only demonstrates the faith we have in our golf clubs as they build for the future, but also reaffirms our total commitment to driving the development of the amateur game in England.”

In accordance with England Golf’s policy of widening the appeal and improving the overall health of the game, clubs and facilities applying to the fund have also made a firm commitment to safeguarding and equality.

Those clubs and facilities which stand to benefit from the increased investment have been contacted with a view to grants being distributed during November.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 20, 2020 11:39
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7 Comments

  1. SaundersR November 1, 20:40

    It would be great to see a breakdown of project type. Anyone else agree?
    Heard a few short game areas being given the thumbs up.

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  2. Alison October 21, 12:20

    How great is this. So many golf courses get Covid funding and a few from Lincolnshire

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    • Ken October 30, 14:55

      What was the criteria? Lots of struggling clubs did not qualify, although lots of really profitable clubs around Bolton got up to£10,000 how could this happen,we all subscribe.

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  3. Linksy October 21, 10:59

    How can it possibly be justified that a privately owned company, multi site operator, with assets of 13M in their 2019 accounts, received 34k between five of their clubs. Gross error of judgement and a real blow to those venues who got NIL.

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  4. MStrand October 21, 10:01

    Great support to our clubs will there be more if covid continues

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  5. Knoll October 20, 12:01

    Good work. Great to be in. Congrats to all these clubs!

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  6. ? October 20, 07:33

    Did Romiley GC receive funding from English Golf?

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