An Exmouth-based football club which gives disabled players a shot at sporting glory has netted £2,000 to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic.
Sport England has awarded the sum to the Exmouth Tigers in National Lottery cash from its Community Emergency Fund.
The cash will allow the club to keep going, continue to lease its multi-adaptable minibus, and ensure its members extra support and guidance through the virus crisis.
Chairman Paul Baldwin said: “This very generous grant of £2,000 from Sport England will ensure that Exmouth Tigers will be able to carry on providing support and football for our disabled players during and after this pandemic has ended.”
The pan-disability football group,which is a part of Exmouth Gateway Club in East Devon, plays in the Devon Ability Counts League.
It was formed five years ago and supports two men’s team and one women’s side for people over the age of 16.
The £20million Sport England community fund aims to ensure that clubs can survive during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and be ready to participate in local football as soon as possible.
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s chief executive, said: “We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Exmouth Tigers to help it through these extremely challenging times.
“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 £20millon Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lotteryplayers,is part of a multi-million-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.”