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Coronavirus: help for clubs & activity providers

tablet and notebookClubs and organisations all over the country are experiencing lots of challenges due to COVID-19. We've pulled together a list of some of the available advice and sources of help which you can use to support your club or business

While we've got your attention, a quick note for those of you with premises: with normal meetings not happening and a decrease in domestic burgularies, make sure your clubhouse and equipment is safe.  Consider taking anything of real value with you (including any financial details) and organise a rota of members to make regular checks. 


Government advice on partial easing of lockdown as at 13 May

With the first few steps made to ease some lockdown restrictions from May 13, certain outdoor sports are allowed provided precautions are taken, social distancing measures are followed and sessions are 1-2-1. Read some of the official detail:

Guidance for the public

Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities

Guidance for personal trainers and coaches

Additional advice for personal trainers from CIMSPA

Club Matters

From running virtual committee meetings to communicating with your members, Sport England's Club Matters C-19 info offers tips, tools and ideas to help keep your club functioning. 

An A-Z of support

help with home workThe Sport and Recreation Alliance have provided a huge amount of information which is a one-stop shop for government help, alternative funding sources, tax, insurance, tips on retaining staff and more. 

CIMSPA offer advice and guidance to support the sport and activity sector workforce, including partner offers for businesses in the sector.

National Council Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have useful information for those working in the voluntary sector.

EMD UK provide tips for dance and exercise instructors on practical matters including how to take classes online and the insurance implications.


Funding help 

On 20 April the Government launched its own 'coronavirus business support finder tool' which commercial organisations may find useful.

Sport England have announced funding to support organisations affected by Covid-19. You can find out more online but they want to make you aware of the following key points:

  • Clubs / organisations should look to the government schemes before applying for money through Sport England
  • The fund is solely for community clubs, volunteer led organisations, small charitable trusts and regional / county level NGBs.
  • They are aiming to turn applications around as soon as possible, but submissions will be paused at 11.59pm on Thu 14 May to allow time to assess those already received.

Grants online have produced a useful page of funding streams for those in the third sector affected by coronavirus, some of which coujld be applicable to community sports clubs.   

Community Foundation for Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund has been launched to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Surrey’s most vulnerable people so if this applies to your club, check it out. 

Delivering classes online

If you're thinking that you might want to live stream an exercise session - and particularly if you're a commercial instructor who wants to earn some revenue during lockdown - see this pages from Imin which tell you how you can get your details promoted much more widely by opening up your data.

Our friends at Kent Sport have produced a handy one-pager on things to think about when delivering a class online.


Safeguarding when delivering remotely

girl using laptopThe NSPCC's  Child Protection in Sport Unit have provided information on safeguarding that may be useful for sports clubs and organisations that are considering coaching children remotely.

They also have some advice on protecting children from online abuse (see the bottom of our families' coronavirus page for links to other useful information sources you may wish to share with parents).  

Our colleagues at Kent Sport have developed some great resources to help providers ensure their online sessions are delivered safely: Identifying and minimising risks and Child safeguarding online checklist


Coaching skills support 

UK Coaching have a lots of info online and registering with them is free. Whether it's tips for online coaching or virtual safeguarding courses, their resources can help you use your downtime effectively and be even better prepared when things return to normal.

Curious Coaches' Club: What are the things that separate good coaches from great coaches? One element is the urge to find out more and keep learning. This is where the ‘Curious Coaches' Club’ comes in- an online community from UK Coaching where you can engage with experts and like-minded coaches. 


Keeping members engaged

woman on laptopMaintaining good communication with club members or customers to your sessions will be key to coming out of the other side with decent attendee numbers. Make sure your'e sharing ideas to keep them in good physical condition and help their mental health - you can point them towards our C-19 pages for inspiration as we're always adding to them.

And for clubs who are looking to do something a little different to appeal to their membership base, Proper Active give some ideas on how to keep members engaged and connected