UEFA has allocated 236,5 million Euroto help its 55 member associations, including Ukraine, to solve the problems associated with the pandemic COVID-19 in their countries.
Funding under the program HatTrick is distributed to national associations to cover current expenses and to assist in the development of targeted sectors of football. However, UEFA decided to allow each Association to set their own priorities in the light of the negative impact of coronavirus on football at all levels.
Speaking about the funding, the UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, founder said:
“Our sport is facing unprecedented challenges created by the crisis COVID-19. UEFA wants to help its members to respond in a way that is consistent with their particular circumstances. As a result, we agreed that to 4.3 million euros for the Association, sent for the remainder of this and the next season, and part of the investment financing can be used as needed by our members to restore the football community.
I think this is a responsible decision will help as best as possible, and I am proud of the unity that football shows throughout this crisis. Without doubt football will be the basis of life when we get back to normal. When the time comes, soccer should be ready to answer this call”.
Program UEFA’s HatTrick assistance is one of the biggest projects of solidarity and development ever created by a sports organization. It was launched in 2004 after the Euro held in Portugal. Based on a simple idea, UEFA is investing a significant portion of the proceeds from the European championship back to the development of football in three (hence the name) in various ways: investments, education and knowledge exchange. By 2024, investment in the HatTrick programme to member associations reached 2.6 billion euros.
Thus, each European Federation, including Ukraine, will receive about EUR 4.3 million on the programme HatTrick.