Football Federation Australia (FFA) today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of a $150 million fund to provide financial support for sport, tourism and creative industries.
The Experience Economy Survival Package includes funding for sporting clubs and competitions from grassroots through to the elite, and FFA Chief Executive James Johnson praised the initiative.
“Football at every level has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with the suspension of football activity having severe implications on the financial health of the game. As a sport of nearly two million participants and over 2,300 community clubs across the country, football has felt the impact of COVID-19 more than most sports, particularly in states like Victoria where we have some of our largest numbers of participation,” Johnson said.
“This Survival Package will assist our community, semi-professional and professional clubs, and administrative bodies, during this difficult period. It will help ensure football can come out of the pandemic in a strong position and able to play a leading role in the recovery of Victoria.
“FFA commends Daniel Andrews’ Government for taking the lead in supporting sporting institutions, and we look forward to the return of community football training and competition in Victoria as soon as is possible.
“Football is going to play a key role in the recovery of Australian society and we remain focused on being a key partner for all levels of government in this respect.”