The Government's roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions is made up of four steps, with the second and final phase of step 1, which began on 29 March, now in force. This means that all outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools can reopen.
Organised outdoor sport and physical activity for adults and children can return and are exempt from legal gathering limits. It is now also permitted to stage organised sport participation events such as races, or rides. However, these are all subject to compliance with a range of key principles, which are outlined in more detail here.
Outdoor gatherings of six people, under the 'rule of six', or two households, can take place. Informal sport and physical activity is not covered by any exemptions, and will have to follow the legal gathering limits for outdoors.
More information about what is and isn't allowed is available on the government’s website.
From 2 Dec the available Guidance has changed somewhat. The following guidance is now available:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 have pulled together a range of 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. A number of funds are currently paused, and new ones (such as the Return to Play funding and a partnership with Crowdfunder) opened. See more on our Funding page and Covid-19 funding page.
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.
The latest information on Support for businesses forced to close is available here. Further information regarding the latest support available for those who are self-employed can be found via Support for Self Employed as you can your eligibility here
Coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant: The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed. This is distributed via local authorities, please check with your local authority to see what is available. By local authority we mean the following district councils:
Find out if you are eligible here. Some also have discretionary funds available, so if you find you are not eligble you could still enquire about discretionary funds.
As a reminder these include:
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 have also adapted 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.
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