Sport England to help LBA during current COVID-19 pandemic

SE C19 Fund

The London Basketball Association (LBA) has been awarded £3,330 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards operating costs including staff salaries during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19. Within the package there is a £20m Community Emergency Fund of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation become active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

The grant will enable LBA to cover its staff costs for the coming months, allowing the charity to continue operating in order to be in the best shape possible once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
“We are extremely grateful that Sport England have helped us during these unprecedented times,” said LBA Founder and CEO, Tony Lazare. “With the help of this funding, we will be able to cover certain operating costs, allowing us to continue working whilst supporting our communities digitally over the next few months.
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:
“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players, is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.”

“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to The London Basketball Association to help it through these extremely challenging times.”