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Government’s Sport Survival Package helps deliver LTA grass court events and aids athletes preparing for the Olympics; Sports minister: “This funding has meant that tennis and athletics events could plan with confidence.”

Last Updated: 03/07/21 7:54am

Matteo Berrettini won the title at Queen's Club this summer

Matteo Berrettini won the title at Queen’s Club this summer

British Athletics and the Lawn Tennis Association have each received loans from the Government to help ensure their summer events could take place.

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston has confirmed the Government’s Sport Survival Package has helped deliver the LTA’s grass-court campaign and aided athletes’ preparations for Tokyo 2020.

The LTA has received a loan of £14.3m, which the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said had helped ensure events in Nottingham, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Queen’s Club could go ahead in the lead up to Wimbledon.

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston says government funding has helped sports plan with confidence

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston says government funding has helped sports plan with confidence

British Athletics was offered £1.2m in loans.

This is said to have supported last month’s Olympic trial event in Manchester and ensure the Diamond League British Grand Prix can go ahead at Gateshead International Stadium on July 13, as athletes prepare for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Huddleston said: “There was a genuine risk that our tennis and athletics talent would not have had the opportunity to adequately prepare and compete ahead of their most significant events of the year.

“This funding has meant that tennis and athletics events could plan with confidence, supporting our sport stars and making sure that the Great British summer of sport goes on.”