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Support for the physical activity sector during the coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is presenting a huge challenge for the physical activity sector, but there is support available for organisations and individuals affected.

On this page you'll find links to advice and support which will help you to get through this time. We'll be updating it regularly so please check for the latest information.

National Restrictions as of 5 November

As of 5 November, new national restrictions will be imposed preventing the mixing of households. This means that sports teams, groups and organisations will be unable to meet for the duration of the second lockdown. These restrictions will be in place until 2 December.

Sport England resources - getting ready for a return to play

Sport England has produced several new resources to help the sport and physical activity sector start to reopen, as and when restrictions ease.

The published resources will help plan for a safe return and support the sector to keep staff, volunteers, members and participants informed of their responsibilities around social distancing and hygiene, and will work alongside both existing and forthcoming government guidance.

The resources, which are in addition to the insight and hygiene guidance published by Sport England, include:

  • inclusion and accessibility guidance – helping you to understand who can get active, how you can engage specific audiences and how to ensure your facilities are, and remain, accessible to all when allowed to reopen.
  • support for the professional workforce – including advice on staffing considerations for paid works as well as support available.
  • volunteering guidance – setting out some of the main considerations to help your volunteers return safely, well-informed and prepared.
  • managing liability and risk guidance – to give providers, be they clubs, governing bodies, community groups or regional associations, advice on what issues need considering and how they might tackle them in order to safely return to play.

There's also support for sports clubs and organisations on the Club Matters website, including:

  • reopening toolkit – this includes information on how your club/organisation can plan its return to sport, with advice on what you need to think about across different areas such as reopening your facility and protecting your people.
  • risk register template – this template, with a dedicated user guide, is designed to help your club/organisation introduce or update your practices regarding how you manage risks.
  • creating a risk assessment – this draws from the current Health and Safety Executive advice and provides step-by-step guidance to help organisations address risk, including coronavirus-specific considerations.
  • social distancing guidance – this resource covers the different practices and considerations your club/organisation may need to introduce so that social distancing can be implemented in line with current government advice.

Government guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

  • Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation
  • Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation
  • Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation
  • Elite sport return to training guidance: Step One

Sport England financial support

Sport England has announced a support package of up to £195 million to help meet the needs of the physical activity sector.

This package consists of:

  • A new £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is open now for local club and community organisations to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000. THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW APPLICATIONS
  • A new £5 million fund for existing Sport England partners facing specific and immediate financial difficulty.
  • £55 million put aside to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions; to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and then, when it is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment.
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England, and whose current funding agreements with Sport England run out in March 2021.

Full details, including the application process for the new Community Emergency Fund are available on the Sport England website here .

Crowdfunder and Sport England have teamed up to make £1 million of match funding available to organisations in the sport and physical activity sector when you raise money through crowdfunding. Click here for details of eligibility and how to apply. You can also sign up for a free online workshop on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.

If you're running a Sport England-funded programme then the key message is that there's going to be flexibility around delivery plans and targets. They're also open to listening to suggestions to use previously agreed funds in new ways that will help you meet objectives, even if that means a re-think about how you do that to meet the needs of our now fast-changing world. Find out more.

Active Norfolk Webinar on the Community Emergency Fund

On Thursday, May 7th Active Norfolk hosted a webinar to support community sport and physical activity organisations with accessing Sport England's £20 million Community Emergency Fund.

You can watch the webinar recording below.

Business support and advice

Government support for businesses

The support available nationally is rapidly changing. The latest information can always be found here:

  • (Norfolk County Council)
  • (the national offer)
  • Visit the official Government COVID-19 business support page here
  • 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.

Further support for businesses, charities, and community organisations

  • Statement on support available from The National Lottery Community Fund here.
  • Norwich BID is a business support organisation for the central Norwich area. Here is its COVID-19 support page.
  • Federation of Small Businesses information page for members and non-members

Mental wellbeing support for you

This is a difficult time for everyone and it's important to take time to look after yourself. Keeping up a physical activity habit yourself will help hugely, but these links may be useful too.

  • Mental health charity Mind has put together detailed advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing.
  • Practise relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. Try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters, and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS.

Discounted online mental health awareness course

UK Coaching, 1st4sport and partners – Mind and Sport England – are delighted to announce that the online course 'Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity'is now £8.99 to for the whole coaching community.

Usually £18, the course, which on completion will give you 3 CIMSPA CPD points, is ideal for those involved in delivering coaching in a club, leisure centre or any other community sports & physical activity setting, such as:

  • coaches
  • activators
  • fitness instructors and personal trainers
  • sports administrators
  • front of house staff, and
  • volunteers

Take this fantastic opportunity to equip yourself with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, and support your own mental health in the process.

To enrol on the course click here

Free resources to help your wellbeing

It's essential to look after your mental health and wellbeing – and small adaptations to your lifestyle can make it easier.

UK Coaching have selected five free resources to help give you some ideas.

  1. Webinar (Register / Login to access): Prioritising Your Well-being: Strategies to Take Away and Try (with mental health charity Mind) Click here to register
  2. Infographic: Fifteen Ways to Improve Coach Well-being Click here to access
  3. Tips: Resilience-Building Toolkit Click here to access
  4. Webinar: Exploring Our Duty to Care as Coaches Click here to view
  5. Podcast: Adam Morris Talks Mental Well-being Click here to listen

Online training and resources

CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) Stronger Together Hub

CIMSPA is the lead organisation for the workforce in the sport and physical activity sector and are here to help their members, partners and the wider sector during these challenging times.

They have created a hub as a place where they have bought together advice and practical assistance on coronavirus (Covid-19), including generous offers of support from many of their partners.

This hub can be accessed here

CIMSPA Impact surveys

Want to help shape the sector's response to Covid-19?

CIMSPA's new impact surveys will assess how the sport and physical activity sector is adapting to the effects of Covid-19 a few weeks on from its initial impact.

You can access the links to the surveys below, please click the relevant survey and complete.

UK Coaching Resources

UK Coaching's Curious Coaches Club - What are the things that separate good coaches from great coaches? Well, we know that one of those elements is curiosity; it is the urge you feel to know more about something. Alongside this is the knowledge that the more we learn and find out, the more we realise we don't actually know as much as we thought! This is where the 'Curious Coaches Club' comes in!

Each week we will be holding a conversation about a particular coaching topic that we know is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about.

The 'Curious Coaches Club' will have three parts to it:

  1. Watch 'A Conversation About…' between expert coaches live on a Monday or on-demand via or their You Tube channel.
  2. Engage and take part in a more in-depth conversation about the topic on Wednesday or Thursday via smaller informal gatherings of coaches hosted by one of the UK Coaching team.
  3. Continue the conversation via the community aspect of 'Connected Coaches' hosted on their website.

Over the coming weeks UK Coaching will be following this process to talk about all sorts of different topics and feel free to share with them if there are any specific topics, discussions or coaches you would like to hear from and they will see what they can do!

  • Mondays Open Webinar sessions
  • Wednesday & Thursday Community of Practice sessions

Each week we will be holding a conversation about a particular coaching topic that we know is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about.

UK Coaching - Safeguarding & Protecting Children Online Classroom

Previously if you needed to undertake an SPC workshop, or renew your certification (every 3 years) you would either have to:

A) If you had not attended a course before you would have to complete your first training at a workshop face-to-face (run by SASP and other organisations). Subsequent renewals could also take place at a face-to-face workshop if wanted.

B) If you have previously attended a face-to-face workshop you can renew your certification through the UK Coaching eLearning course, for more information click here.

Due to the current situation, face-to-face workshops are not taking place. In response to this, UK Coaching – with full support from The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) – has created an Online Classroom session out of the existing Safeguarding and Protecting Children face to face workshop. To find out more click here.

UK Coaching - Keeping People Active at 澳门棋牌稳定apphome Infographics

Online Training

  • Pure Training has a range of online courses - click here for more information.
  • Physical Activity & Health e-learning programme – access 11 different e-learning modules you can do at your own pace. Click here to find out more and register.

Keeping your participants moving when you’re not able to deliver sessions

We know that this is a worrying time for those who aren't able to deliver their sessions face-to-face. For some physical activity and sport providers offering 'virtual' classes or workout programmes is one option you might like to explore. You can now add virtual classes to our online Activity Finder.

However, if this isn't viable for you and you'd like to direct your existing customers base to alternative 澳门棋牌稳定apphome-based activity options we've compiled lots of ideas and resources here. This should help them keep up good habits, ready for when you're able to start delivering face-to-face again.

Aaron Roberts

Aaron Roberts

Sports Development Officer

  • Coaching lead
  • NGB liaison
  • Locality Support Officer - West Norfolk
01603 679257
07901 588270