Scottish Ice Hockey welcomes government support package

Scottish Ice Hockey is pleased to see the announcement that the sport has been included in a funding package made available by the Scottish government.

This is made up of grants of £200,000 for ice hockey and £2 million for ice rinks, which will ease the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement came three weeks after sport in England was handed a £300m rescue package from the UK government.

SIH chairman, David Hand, said: “This financial support from the Scottish government is extremely welcome in what has been a difficult year for us.

“We’re delighted that they have recognised the importance of one of the most popular sports in Scotland and the devastating impact this pandemic has had across the board.

“We now need to understand the conditions of the package and will work with sportscotland to protect the future of ice hockey in Scotland.”

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, added: “This announcement is very welcome as the funding will help protect the immediate future of many clubs over the coming months.

“We will continue to work with a range of Scottish governing bodies of sport and the Scottish government to prioritise this funding to ensure the survival of the sports at the heart of our communities.

“With the roll out of the vaccine this week there is real hope that we are beginning to see our way out of this pandemic, and we need to make certain that sport is in a good place and is a prominent part of the overall recovery plan.”