STRI announced the launch of “Project Pathfinder,” which forms part of the UK Government’s emergency COVID-19 innovation strategy.
The project will provide sports facilities and green spaces, affected by the COVID-19 crisis, with stage one consultation advice for free between June and August 2020. If required, STRI will also deliver roadmaps to give facilities business plans to assist with their longer-term financial stability.
This initiative is available to any sports or green space facility that is currently experiencing issues directly or indirectly due to the COVID-19 crisis. This may involve advice on turfgrass maintenance practices with reduced staff, planning applications, potential cost savings, or longer-term options to put facilities on a stronger financial footing such as redevelopment or land sales.
By funding this project, the government has recognized the huge health and mental wellbeing benefits sports facilities provide to the UK. However, many of these sports facilities are especially vulnerable since the Covid-19 outbreak, which has impacted revenue and long-term business survival. STRI aims to assist as many sports facilities as possible to help them on the road to recovery.
“Project Pathfinder will provide a lifeline to sports facilities who are impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said STRI consultant Kelly-Marie Clack. “Our services will fill the gap in knowledge for facility managers who need to rapidly adapt to new financial and practical pressures. This is truly a unique opportunity to reach out and offer advice to all sections of our industry, regardless of budget or location.”