Greenhill Bowling Club in Weymouth has been awarded £5,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Community Emergency Fund towards ongoing costs costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus outbreak and consequent shutdown of facilities left sports organisations facing a period of uncertainty. In response, Sport England announced a £195million on March 31 to help clubs across the country.

Within this package is a £20million Community Emergency Fund to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Club secretary Doug Obee said: "This grant will greatly help Greenhill Bowling Club to cover its significant maintenance and other unavoidable costs during this difficult period."

Tim Hollingswroth, Sport England's Chief Executive, said: "The £20million Community Emergency Fund, made possible by National Lottery players, is part of a multi-million pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation's health and wellbeing. We are proud to provide vital funding to Greenhill Bowling Club to help it through these extremely challenging times."