The UK government has announced a new Stg 300 million ($538 million) recovery package for sport in England as part of a plan to assist the economy in dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in an annual budget speech on Wednesday that Stg 700 million ($1.3 billion) was being made available to support art, culture and sporting institutions.
Britain's finance ministry said there was Stg 300 million pounds "to back clubs and governing bodies across a wide range of sports in England".
Sunak, following comments from Prime Minister Boris Johnson published on Tuesday, reiterated the government's support for a potential joint bid from UK and Ireland to host the 2030 soccer World Cup.
"We're making available 700 million pounds to support our incredible arts, culture and sporting institutions as they reopen," Sunak said in his statement to the House of Commons.
"Backing the UK and Ireland's joint 2030 World Cup bid, launching a new approach to apprenticeships in the creative industries, and extending our 500 million pounds film and TV production restart scheme."
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wrote on Twitter that the sport funding would help "spectator sports such as cricket, tennis and horse racing".
He added there would be Stg 25 million ($45 million) to build 700 football pitches and an extra Stg 1.2 million ($A2.2 million) towards the women's European Championship, which is set to be hosted by England in 2022.
Australian Associated Press