South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine has welcomed news that spectator sports in Dumfries and Galloway will receive a share of a £55million package announced by the SNP Scottish Government.
The support will help teams such as Queen Of The South cope with a difficult period where they have been unable to welcome fans to matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amongst the funding, £30m will go to football, £20m to rugby and £2.2m to ice hockey and rinks.
The money goes over and above what has been provided by the UK government in Barnett consequentials and means the SNP Scottish Government can provide the funds each sport needs.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:
“Sport is an integral part of the lives of the people of Dumfries and Galloway and I know the strength of feeling there has been from fans of different sports as many have contacted my office with their concerns.
“That is why I am delighted the SNP Government has responded by engaging with our sporting bodies and tailoring a funding package to each sport and has gone above and beyond what was provided by the UK government in Barnett consequentials.
“This has been a difficult time for many sports in the area, this will provide the support they need. I would urge everyone in Dumfries and Galloway to ensure we keep following guidelines and doing our best to suppress the virus. If we can all do that then we can eventually return to stadia and watch our favourite team play.”
Full breakdown of the funding as follows:
£20.0m loan funding for the Scottish Premiership
£10.0m resource funding for all other levels outwith the Premiership – including tiers below the SPFL and women’s football.
£15.0m resource and £5.0m loan funding
Ice Hockey and Ice rinks
£0.2m for Ice Hockey
£2.0m for Ice Rinks