10 August, 2020

British Wheelchair Basketball launch £10,000 Mobilisation Stage club funding

British Wheelchair Basketball has today launched a new fund of £10,000 to support clubs in their preparations for the Mobilisation Stage of BWB’s Return to Play roadmap.

With Round 1 of the Mobilisation Fund opening today (10 August), BWB affiliated clubs for the 2020/21 season can now apply for a £100 grant to assist with their club’s return to play.

The Mobilisation Stage, effective from 1 September 2020, will allow BWB sanctioned activity to be resumed outdoors in small groups, but clubs will be required to follow the guidance published by BWB earlier this month (the guidance can be viewed here).

This new grant will provide financial support for clubs towards the cost of cleaning equipment, signage, first aid, face masks/coverings, and additional equipment to ensure club sessions comply with BWB’s guidance and are COVID secure.

Round 1 of funding has opened today (10 August) and will close on Monday 24 August at 4pm (BST) with successful applicants notified after this date. Applications will then be re-opened for Round 2 of the funding which will begin on Tuesday 25 August and close on Monday 14 September at 4pm (BST).

Announcing the Mobilisation Fund, British Wheelchair Basketball CEO Lisa Pearce said:

“We know how tough these past few months have been for wheelchair basketball clubs in the UK and, like so many sports clubs and organisations sector-wide, the financial implications have been incredibly challenging, so we are really pleased to be able to launch this fund to help support our clubs in their preparations for a return to wheelchair basketball activity.

“Despite the challenging times, our clubs have done a fantastic job of continuing to serve the wheelchair basketball community; ensuring their members – many of whom have been impacted disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic – have continued to be able to be part of this much-loved community, even when we haven’t been able to be together on court.

“Through the Mobilisation Fund, as well as the wealth of benefits offered in the BWB Membership package, we would like to once again reassert our commitment to supporting our clubs as we continue to work together towards a Return to Play.”

To apply for the £100 grant, clubs need to complete the application form which can be found here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/mobilisation-fund/

Any questions about the Mobilisation Fund should be directed to the BWB membership team on membership@britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk or call the office on 01509 279900.

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