British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) has launched a new fund of £10,000 ($13,100/€11,100) to support clubs as they prepare to return to play.
The first round of the Mobilisation Fund allows BWB affiliated clubs for the 2020-2021 season to apply for a £100 ($131/€111) grant.
A mobilisation stage permits BWB-sanctioned activity to resume outdoors in small groups from September 1, but clubs will be required to follow COVID-19 guidance published by the governing body earlier this month.
Grants will give clubs funding for the cost of cleaning equipment, signage, first aid, face coverings and additional gear to allow them to train in line with the rules.
The first round of funding will close on August 24, with applications re-opening for round two on August 25, before closing again on September 14.
"We know how tough these past few months have been for wheelchair basketball clubs in the United Kingdom 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," said BWB chief executive, Lisa Pearce.
"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."