THERE was a funding boost for some of the Bradford District's football clubs on Monday.

That is because those at Steps 3-6 of the National League System have been awarded a further £3.1m of grant funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Winter Survival Fund.

This follows the £10m that was made available in January.

Clubs in line for a share of the funding include Thackley, Eccleshill United, Silsden and Steeton.

Funds will be distributed through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, administered by the Football Foundation.

It is highly unlikely the money will be allowed to fund things like transfer deals. Instead it is set to be for essential matters, like paying bills in order to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs at Steps 3-6 have been returning to training this week, with the majority of Bradford District clubs at that level hoping to take part in Brighouse's Yorkshire Trophy post-season tournament.

That is due to begin on April 13, but only if fans are allowed to attend.

There is still no definite answer on whether that will be the case or not.