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COVID-19 Support

The Living Sport team would like to assist you through these difficult times and have several options for supporting your clubs. We want to offer practical support and reassurance in these unprecedented times.

We want to support your club to be ready for when community sport can commence in the future.

This is the opportunity for your club to stay connected with members, let them know any updates, and use this non playing time to catch up on things that you didn’t get the chance to do during your busy sports seasons. It could be writing the club development plan, updating your safeguarding knowledge or writing funding bids.

Key to the club surviving is keeping members engaged, and we would encourage you to help them to stay active whilst staying at home. Many clubs are setting challenges and asking members to post their videos online through their social media channels. Here are some examples of how sports clubs are keeping members engaged and active across the country.

Online funding workshop
Want more information about the Sport England Community Emergency Fund, or any other funding available locally? Living Sport partnered with Sport Structures to host 2 funding webinars earlier this month and you can listen to these recordings using the links below:

Webinar 1 – https://youtu.be/wTtObkMLQNY
Webinar 2 – https://youtu.be/rbHXoGilqwQ

Bespoke Funding Support
If you would like some bespoke support from a member of the team, please contact info@livingsport.co.uk

A member of the team will make contact, either through email, phone or video call.  Within your email, please outline how you would like to be contacted; and if by telephone please share your number with us.

We are happy to support you through the application process for the Community Emergency Fund. The team can help with:

  • Queries relating to the application
  • Feedback before submission to Sport England

Online Wellbeing Catch Ups “Lets talk”
Now more than ever, we need to keep in contact with people. We are here for you.

Every Wednesday in May and June, between 11.30am-12.30pm, sports clubs are encouraged to access the free online Club Support wellbeing catch up sessions with members of our team.

This is your opportunity to catch up with us, share concerns and issues, or gain new ideas and share good practice with other clubs.

If you would like to join in the club drop in sessions, please contact us


Funding for your Club

Applying for funding? Download our Hints & Tips to ensure your Club Committee Teams are as prepared as possible to apply for funding.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund   Latest information about Community Emergency Fund
Funding is available from £300-£10k.  NB: Applications have been paused as of 14 May 2020

This funding is aimed at sports clubs and community organisations who are facing short term financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

This £20 million fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses. Please click here to see the funding support that the government has available before you consider applying to this fund.

The following organisations can apply for the Community Emergency Fund

  • Sports Clubs
  • Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations
  • Small charitable trusts
  • County and regional leagues

Eligible funding includes:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurance
  • Core staffing costs that cannot be covered elsewhere
  • Retrospective losses from 1 March 2020

Ineligible costs include:

  • Activities or costs covered by other government funding
  • New activities or events
  • Capital works
  • Costs beyond 31 July 2020

For more information and to access the application form, click here

Power to Change
Power to Change are an independent charitable trusts that supports and develops community businesses in England. They have recently launched £12m of emergency funding for immediate and medium term help for community businesses facing a loss of trading income during the Covid-19 crisis.

This support is for businesses that have received an investment from Power to Change as well as community businesses who are members of Cooperatives UK, Locality or Plunkett Foundation.

For more information, click here.

Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund
The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund is open for applications from community organisations, to deal with emerging issues in the local community affecting older people and vulnerable people as a result of the Covid-19 threat. Grants are offered between £1000-£5000.

For more information, click here

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Grants of up to £500 to support a wide range of non-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups during the coronavirus crisis. Due to demand some areas as closed for applications (including Cambridge as of 23 April).

Additional information from Hunts Forum and CCVS

Please see the Hunts Forum website for further information about other funding that is available from various sources in these challenging times.

Please see the CCVS website for further information about the impact that the Covid-19 crisis is having on the charity sector.


Useful Training for your club

Whilst the pandemic may have stopped your sports club from operating temporarily, this doesn’t have to stop the club gaining valuable training during this period. Use this time to gain further knowledge and expertise.

Clubmatters Virtual Workshops
Clubmatters are running six free virtual workshops for sports clubs to access useful guidance, helping you to prepare for when community sport can return to normal.

6 May – Legal Structures for your club
12 May – Leadership Teams for your club
15 May – Participant Experience
20 May – Volunteer Experience
26 May – Planning for the future
1 June – Developing a marketing strategy

To book onto the workshops, click here

There are lots of useful resources, toolkits and templates for clubs to access on Sport England’s Clubmatters website. This is a useful start for clubs looking to use the time to get ready for “business as usual”. Additional information can be found here

UK Coaching
UK Coaching has a number of e-learning courses and webinars for coaches to gain essential knowledge and skills to operate confidently. Courses include How to Coach – Plan, Do and Review, Inspiring Positive Behaviour in Sport and Safeguarding and Protecting Children.

To book onto the workshops, click here

Sport and Recreation Alliance
SRA have put together a support page related to coronavirus, offering quick and easy access to essential information and guidance. It includes business, financial and staff support for the sport and recreation sector at this difficult time.

For further information, click here

Institute of Groundsmanship
The IOG are working with national governing bodies to offer advice about grounds maintenance during this period and what will be required once sport recommences.

For further information, click here

NGB support list
Please also contact your specific National Governing Body with regards to their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They may also be able to offer support to help you through this difficult time.

If you are unsure as to whom your local NGB contact is, please contact us

Many are offering specific information relevant to their sport, as well as loan schemes that clubs can also apply for:

England Boxing
LTA Club Support Package
ECB Emergency Support Programmes
Rugby Covid 19 support

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