Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Grange announces $26m support for sport sector

Sport Minister Olivia Grange.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange has announced a $26 million financial support to the sport sector, which has suffered a crushing blow from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among those to benefit from the financial supports are the 12 clubs in the country's top-tier football competition, the Red Stripe Premier League.

Minister Grange said, “through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), each of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) clubs will receive a one-time grant of $500,000 to provide assistance to the players and staff and to off-set administrative costs. The PLCA itself will receive a similar grant of $500,000 towards its administrative expenses.

“This is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to provide support for sport practitioners in the COVID crisis.

“With only a few sporting disciplines being granted approval to return to play under very strict protocols, I am aware that the sector has lost significant revenue as a result of the many cancellations of sporting events.”

Grange said that in addition, the sports sector will get small one-off compassionate, professional athlete and general athlete grants through collaboration between the Sport Ministry and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

“This is being done concurrently with the establishment of the Athlete Registry to allow for the funding to be administered in a streamlined manner. The Athlete Registry will assist in decision-making in the development of policy and support the National Results Framework and Monitoring & Evaluation System.”

Grange also urged all sportsmen and women to be very vigilant as the country records more positive cases of COVID-19.

“Remain physically active, exercise, keep your fitness level up but do so safely. We all must play our part in keeping ourselves and our families safe,” Grange said,

Grange also added that further details with respect to the application process will be published on the Ministry’s website: www.mcges.gov.jm.

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