Support for Club and Organisations during Covid-19
Important funding announcement
Sport England have announced £210 million to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
You may have looked at these funding opportunities already and feel that they could provide you with the funding you may need as a result of this situation we are in. We are really keen to support the sector in Bedfordshire and provide you with our experience of funding applications. If this is something you are considering we would encourage you to drop us an email so that we can discuss with you what we can offer in terms of support.
We have heard directly from Sport England about the priorities they are considering and they have made it clear that the funding opportunities will not be able to meet all the demand the sector faces – so we are here to give you some advice and guidance on what might be the best approach with regards to any applications you are considering pulling together.
Do get in touch to firstname.lastname@example.org and or email@example.com with a brief outline of your challenges and the fund you are considering applying to. We envisage that there could be quite a lot of interest so we could run some advice services in small groups via virtual means.
Additional Funding Sources
Keeping your club and organisation running
From physical infrastructure, to making sure your committee is still functioning, there are lots of things that can be done during this time to ensure that your club can keep running or keep it in the best position possible. Club Matters have produced a series of resources and toolkits to guide you through what you may need to do.
Click here for all the information
Support for projects and organisations
Sport England compiled advice on how to keep your project or organisation going through the coronavirus crisis and how you can help to keep the nation active.
It can support you now, and help you prepare and adapt for the future.
Embracing new technology
We know that this is a stressful and worrying time for those whose business relies on delivering local activity classes and that for their participants, these local classes are often vital for social connection as well as a chance to be active.
While moving classes online may not be an option for every activity instructor, with some basic equipment and the right online platforms there are ways to continue to deliver services to your participants (and potentially a much wider audience). Please see this handy guide on what technology is available to you.
#StayInWorkOut - moving your activity classes online
Business support and advice
Government support for businesses
The support available nationally is rapidly changing. The latest information can always be found here:
- Bedfordshire Coronavirus Emergency Fund
- Business Advice Luton Council
- Business Advice Bedford Borough Council
- Business Advice Central Bedfordshire Council
- COVID-19: coronavirus-business-support UK Government
- COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses UK Government
- COVID-19; Government support for the self-employed
- Venues such as indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres are now closed, with closures now enforceable by law due to the threat to public health. Businesses operating in contravention of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) Regulations 2020 will be committing an offence. Links to the support available to businesses in light of this are included in this government website article, which includes more detail
- HMRC has launched a tax helpline to support businesses affected by the outbreak - the number to call is 0800 0159 559. More information about what the helpline can support you with is available here.
- If you want to set up a voluntary organisation at this time please click here for the CVS Beds volunteering guide on Covid -19
Online training and resources
- UK Coaching has launched its 'Antidote for Coaches Side-lined by COVID-19'. It has temporarily unlocked 10 of its key subscriber resources making them available to all registered on UKCoaching.org. These will remain freely available until 3 May. The idea is to help you with your learning and development journey by finding methods to support you while sport remains in limbo. Check out what's on offer here.
- It has also opened an online classroom to replace its face-to-face safeguarding workshops - click here to find session details and book.
- Pure Training has a range of online courses - click here for more information.
Lockdown Easing Guidelines
When it is safe to do so, clubs will be able to reopen their doors to members and resume activity within their facility.
In preparation for this time, there are some considerations to be made and additional health and safety checks to be completed to make sure that your club is safe and ready to minimise any risk of infection of COVID-19. These steps are aimed at ensuring the safety of your members and coaches. Your governing body will be able to advise you on how to do this safely and please also take a look at the below as a guide if you need additional support.
NGB's Guidance to returning to Sport and Physical Activity in England
The below is a summary of the sport-specific guidance published by NGBs regarding covid-19, specifically in relation to the re-introduction and return to sport and physical activity in England.
Luton Borough Council Reopening Information Pack (PDF, 519 Kb)
This information pack is produced by Luton Borough Council for the benefit and attention of all Luton based workplaces and facilities. Its primary aim is to help you think about some of the things that will need to change in order for your workplace, service or facility to be open and operating safely during the coronavirus outbreak, and to tell you what to do if you have coronavirus cases at your setting
Case Studies - Bedfordshire clubs
There are lots of local Bedfordshire clubs doing some incredible things for their members and local communities and we wanted to showcase what some are doing!
Please see below the first of our case studies from Dunstable Swimming Club who are bringing experts into peoples homes during covid-19 lockdown.
Or if you would like your story included please email firstname.lastname@example.org