Information for sports clubs and organisations
No matter what your circumstance please do not treat this as down time. Your club will need to be in the strongest position possible when the green light is given again for activities to recommence. Keep an eye on guidance given by your national governing body, stay in touch with your members and keep them updated on the position of the club and use this non-playing time to focus on the things you don’t get a chance to do during the season. Be upfront with your members about the financial position the club is in and don’t be afraid to go to those you pay to request a freeze, deferment or suspension on charges and fees. It’s not uncommon in times of crisis to ask members for support even though they are not playing. They will want a club to go back to when all this is over. Encourage members to stay active and be creative here if you can. So many clubs are offering online advice, setting challenges and asking people to post their videos online. Finally praise people that are working behind the scenes to keep the club alive. Maybe it’s the grounds person who is still mowing the lawn or the secretary who is using this downtime to put new and better systems in place for next year.
Sport England are exploring ways in which they can support organisations and try to help mitigate the financial impact that coronavirus will have on the sport and physical activity sector.
There are several emergency and relief funds which have been set up to support organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We are posting those that are relevant to community sport and physical activity organisations on our funding pages.
COVID-19 emergency funding club stories
Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA)
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.
Detailed guidance about the measures the government are putting in place to support businesses can be found on the government website.
National Governing Bodies (NGB)
Your NGB can help give you advice and information which is specific to your sport. They may also be able to offer support to help you through this difficult time. If you are not sure about who your governing body is, you can find a list of contacts on the Kent Sport website, or a more detailed list of recognised NGBs on the Sport England website.
Sport England have begun collecting resources and information for clubs on their Club Matters webpage. This aims to support clubs through the coronavirus pandemic by providing tips, tools and ideas to help keep clubs functioning and working with members and customers.
UK Coaching are offering support to help coaches stay connected, gather knowledge and grow their skills. Take a look at the range of free and subscription resources available from blogs and articles to online webinars and communities of practice.
Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
This is a really challenging time due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The NSPCC CPSU has provided information that may be specific to sports clubs and organisations that are looking at how they can stay in touch with their teams and club members during this time.
Safeguarding young people
The current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the resulting increase in the use of social media and online tools, presents new challenges for everyone working with young people. We’ve collected some safeguarding links and resources to help you.
Institute of Groundsmanship
The IOG have been working closely with various national governing bodies to offer advice and guidance on what ground maintenance works may be possible to be carried out throughout this period, and, what works may be required once sport resumes.
Additional guidance has been written by the Kent Cricket Groundsman Association.
KCC Public Protection
Criminals, or scammers, are using the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to make money. The Kent County Council Public Protection team are keeping a list of the key scams to be aware of.
The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. They have created a digital hub to bring together advice and practical assistance on coronavirus (Covid-19) for organisations in the sector.