On Thursday morning The Star revealed that will seemingly be the case, and speculated a brand new, restricted EIHL event, presumably behind closed doorways, may begin within the New 12 months, regardless of the coronavirus.
The EIHL, referring to the Authorities’s e ‘Winter Survival Package deal,’ at this time formally up to date followers as to their pondering.
Their assertion stated: “After additional discussions with Sport England and Departure of Tradition Media and Sport, now we have been suggested that the funding allotted final week pertains to groups in England solely, with separate funds made obtainable to the devolved authorities underneath the Barnett method.”
League chairman and Sheffield Steelers’ proprietor Tony Smith defined stated “We’re not shedding sight of the truth that we utilized for presidency assist as one Elite League throughout 4 nations. Whereas the funding that covers England is extraordinarily welcome, our subsequent steps are to attempt to safe comparable prospects for the remaining 5 groups: Belfast Giants, Cardiff Devils, Dundee Stars, Fife Flyers and Glasgow Clan.
“Till we all know extra, there is no such thing as a assure that these nations will allocate funding for ice hockey.
“We’re calling on the devolved administrations in Northern Eire, Scotland and Wales to evaluate the choices obtainable to all groups of their areas as quickly as doable. The EIHL will do all the things it may to help these groups in requesting funding from their devolved administrations, and take the lead within the course of the place required.”
The Sheffield businessman added: “What we do additionally know now’s that the funding is just obtainable to us if we put an Elite League stage product on the ice, and that it isn’t a ‘clean cheque’ – all the things in England will must be utilized for by way of Sport England to make sure funds requested are acceptable and proportionate to placing a product on the ice.
“There are a number of totally different points that we’ll proceed to have a look at over the subsequent few days and weeks, when now we have a clearer image of how issues stand throughout all elements of the UK we’ll maintain our followers up to date.”We’re nonetheless a way from with the ability to assure one thing may occur in early 2021, and once more I’d ask for everybody’s endurance whereas we proceed to seek out out extra info.”