Following the announcements on Tuesday 22nd September, we are waiting for the updates to be provided to the Guidance referred to below. In the meantime Sport England have put out the following statement:
"The government's announcements mean some changes for grassroots sport and leisure activities - primarily that adults need to adhere to rule of 6 if playing team sport indoors.
Going to the gym and fitness classes will still be allowed to continue for over 6 people so long as there is no interaction or mingling between individual groups of 6. Outdoor sports and activities played formally and under government-approved guidance can carry on.
All organised activities for children, including indoor team sports, will continue to be exempt from the rule of six. More to follow tomorrow."
The previous position of the 14th Sept, was that people can continue to:
The Sport England page here has been updated and includes:
While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government’s confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month.
People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools - classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.
That's because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced.
With advice likely to evolve as restrictions change, Sport England will monitor and update guidance to ensure it's in line with the what the government is advising and will continue to listen to providers when they tell them what resources will help most.
NHS Track & Trace
It is now mandatory for a wider range of businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues to collect customer, visitor and staff contact detail logs from Friday 18 September. This is vital for the NHS Test and Trace service in England to contact the necessary people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venue.
From Thursday 24 September, these businesses will also need to display the official NHS QR code posters to make it easier for people to check-in at different premises once the app is rolled out nationally. If individuals choose to check-in using the QR code poster they do not need to log in via any other route.
Find out more here, this requirement has now been included in the Guidance below.
The following guidance is now available:
We're backing the call from the Activity Alliance to make activity as accessible and inclusive as possible with the return to sport & activity. See guidance here.
Sport England: have announced that they have two key priorities during this period of uncertainty:
On their website you will find information about funding flexibilities and other funding support. They have a dedicated email address email@example.com where you can contact them about impact of coronavirus on your organisation and the type of help you think would be beneficial now and in the future. Find out more
Sport England Guidance: Sport England will be pulling together guidance for the sector on returning to play.
The resources include:
There is also support for sports clubs and organisations, direct on the Club Matters website including:
Sport England Funding: Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Find out more.
The package is made up of the following:
Funding: If you have funding in place already and are worried about this, please get in touch with your funders direct. A number of funders have already expressed they are happy to be flexible, but you must make contact with them. If you are looking for funding, please see our funding page which we will update with any new funds. Please also sign up to our funding newsletter here.
Charities Commission: If you are set up as a Charity, please refer to the latest advice from the Charities Commission. This includes information for Trustees, information about the use of reserves and more.
Many clubs, groups and other leisure businesses will be entitled to Business Grants from the Government including some charities and community amateur sports clubs.
The three main grant schemes are:
Further guidance and details can be found here
If you think you are eligible and havent received yours please contact your local district council on the links below:
Club Matters: has been populated with a number of new resources, case studies and guidance re coronavirus, with more being developed soon. All resources are designed to provide some helpful advice for clubs and delivery organisations. Topics include the financial support available from the Government, securing your facilities during short term closure, business continuity planning, running your organisation virtually and ideas to help keep members engaged from home. Information is available in a variety of formats, from webpages to downloadable resources and guidance notes.
They are also really keen to showcase the great way that clubs and organisations have been engaging members and volunteers as well as supporting their community. So please get in touch if you'd like to be included. They will also be adapting Club Matters workshops to go virtual!
UK Coaching: have temporarily unlocked 10 of their most valuable subscriber resources, making them available to all registered on the site.
Sport & Recreation Alliance: The Sport & Rec Alliance have outlined how some of the Governments measures can support the sport and recreation sector at this difficult time.
CIMSPA: Have created a hub as a place to bring together advice and practical assistance on coronavirus (Covid-19), including offers of support from many of their partners.
UK Active: Advice and guidance for the sector and the latest on Covid 19. Including:
Socially Distanced Sport Guidance - Mayor of London: The Mayor's Community Sport Team have published a new guidance document. This toolkit has been designed to support grassroots sport deliverers with advice and key learnings for socially-distanced community sport.
Your Governing Body: We would advise sports clubs to check their national governing body of sport website for additional sport specific information. London Sport have created this handy list of guidance from Governing Bodies.
See our courses page for current opportunities
ReActivate is a new, free, online training platform, designed to equip anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector in England with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return to work or restart their coaching activity. Click HERE for more and to sign up.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents new safeguarding challenges for all those working or volunteering with children.
Mental Health: Mind have produced a guide aims to equip the sport and physical activity sector with the tools and information required to support the mental health of staff, coaches, volunteers and participants as we ‘return to play’.
We have pulled together some of the reports and emerging evidence on the impact of Covid19, see here.
Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership: Some organisations may be looking at alternative models of business; CSEP have been funded by Cumbria County Council to provide support and advice.
As a result of the COVID-19 virus, the Active Cumbria Team will be working in a different way for the foreseeable future. We will be working from home, minimising our non-essential traveling, and will be looking to use virtual meetings wherever possible. This is very much in line with the procedures of our host agency, Cumbria County Council.
All of our Team can be contacted either via email or mobile phone, and the details can be found here