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Covid-19 Information for Sport and Physical Activity Clubs, Groups and Facilities

Think Active Club Support during Covid-19 Survey

We want to understand the challenges facing clubs, groups and facilities across Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire and understand how we might be able to help.  Please complete the survey below to let us know more about the challenges your organisation is facing and the support you would find useful. 

This survey will be open throughout this Corvid 19 period and beyond as we understand that the challenges you face right now might be different to those you experience as this situation continues, or when life starts to return to what it once was.

This is a difficult time for everyone, and we recognise that community-based sport and physical activity groups, clubs and facilities across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire are facing a range of challenges.

Below are links to support, information and advice which you might find useful. Please keep checking back to these pages as we will update these regular as more information becomes available.

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FAQ’s

Is there any support for clubs, groups and organisations to reopen their activities?

Club Matters

Club Matters have released a bank of resources to support clubs, groups and organisations restart their sessions. Resources include: re-opening toolkit, guidance around risk assessments, understanding your people and promoting social distancing. For more information click here

Sport England

Sport England are releasing guidance and support as and when the government provides updates. Resources include:

Understanding Legal Risks and Duties of Care in Returning to Play. For more information click here

Supporting Volunteers to Return. For more information click here

Hygiene for Sport & Physical Activity. For more information click here

Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance have released a new guidance called Reopening Activity: An Inclusive Response which highlights how clubs, groups and organisations can enable a welcoming and accessible environment for people returning to activity. For more information click here

CIMSPA

CIMSPA have produced a range of Re-Open resources to support sport and leisure facilities to return to activity. For more information click here

CIMSPA & Sport England have launched a free training initiative. 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, as we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. For more information click here

EMD UK

EMD UK have produced a Group Exercise Support Pack to guide instructors through reopening and future professional developments. For more information click here

National Governing Bodies

For sport-specific covid-19 guidance for outdoor sports and physical activity click here

UK Coaching

UK Coaching have released resources on returning to coaching, click here to find out more.
As well as the resources, they have recorded an webinar on Returning to Coaching: Supporting the people you coach. To view the webinar click here

Bluefin Sport

Bluefin Sport have created a document for grassroots outdoor sports clubs helping them with risk assessment considerations. To view the document click here

Mind

Mind have released Return to Play guides for participants and clubs/groups with information on supporting the mental health of participants and coaches. 

Guide for participants click here

Guide for clubs & groups click here

Is there any advice on keeping our club running during this time?

Club Matters have produced lots of helpful information, case studies, toolkits and guidance on how to keep your club running during this time, including details of Government funding and rate relief information for clubs. Click here for more information.

NCVO  have lots of really useful guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers,  click here to access.

Warwickshire Voluntary and Community Action (CAVA) are able to provide support on the following:

  • Collation of voluntary and community sector needs
  • Covid 19 related funding opportunities
  • Volunteer support and identification
  • Business support and advice for VCS
  • Daily Covid 19 E News
  • HR and back office guidance

Full details, including details of how to sign up to their regular E-News Bullitin can be found here

If you are providing community support in Coventry, please let Coventry City Council know by completing their online submission form or contact them at communityresilience@coventry.gov.uk with the details.

Charity Commission – guidance for registered charities:The Charity Commission has produced guidance for charities during the coronavirus crisis. This includes understanding how your charity can help during the crisis (in accordance with its constitution), getting support to pay staff salaries, use of reserves and charity reporting.

We want to use this time to do some housekeeping on our club’s policies and procedures. Where should we start?

The Think Active Online Club toolkit has lots of general information and advice for running your club.  Some clubs are using this time to do those jobs that you don’t normally get time to do like planning or writing policies and procedures. You can find more information here

Is there any support for coaches and our club volunteers?

UK Coaching have unlocked a lot of their most popular resources and also created the Curious Coaches Club to provide a virtual support network for coaches – click here to access. In addition, safeguarding Courses are also being made available as Online Classrooms and are already available for booking.

UK Coaching have released resources on returning to coaching, click here to find out more. 
As well as the resources, they have recorded an webinar on Returning to Coaching: Supporting the people you coach. To view the webinar click here

CIMSPA have created a hub where they have brought together advice and guidance to support those working in the sector, click here to access.  They are also undertaking a survey to understand the impact of Coronavirus on the workforce.

The Government have provided guidance on making a claim for employed coaches through their Job Retention Scheme. For more information click here

Is there any funding we can apply for to support our club through this period?

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

To help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. For more information about the fund click here

Heart of England Coronavirus Resilence Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation has launched the Coronavirus Resilience Fund to help champion local communities and projects, ensuring that they are still being funded and not forgotten about during the uncertain times we find ourselves in.

To read more about the fund click here, To find out if you are eligible to access the fund click here (West Midlands), To find out if you are eligible to access the fund click here (Coventry & Warwickshire)

Severn Trent Water

The Severn Trent Community Fund will re-open in Summer 2020, with up to £1 million available to support non-profit organisations and charities for the most vulnerable in society. For more information about the fund click here

Aviva

Through the Aviva Community Fund, funding, skills and resources have been made available to charities and communities to adapt or continue their services. The Aviva Community Fund application criteria has been expanded to include projects that allow causes to adapt or continue their vital services, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need. For more information click here

Cadbury

The Cadbury Foundation is supporting charities, organisations and local causes through their ‘cashmatch’ programme. For more information click here

Coventry City Council: Sports and Culture Sector Covid-19 Crowdfunder

Urgent funds are being made available to sports, cultural and physical activity-based organisations and small businesses in Coventry to help them during the COVID-19 crisis. To ensure these businesses can access essential cash flow now, Coventry City Council is pledging to support them through Crowdfunder’s Pay it Forward campaign.

Those eligible for the funding will be:

  • Self-employed or a micro/small business in Coventry 
  • Trading for at least one year.

For more information click here

Pitch Preparation Fund

A new £9.56m fund aimed at helping clubs and organisations get their natural and artifical grass pitches ready for when the government advice allows football to start being played again. For more information click here

Persimmon

Persimmon Homes have joined forces with Team GB- the British Olympic Association- to give away over £1 million to help projects for young people aged under 18. For more information click here

National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Community Fund are distributing government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations at the heart of their local community to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19. For more information click here

Laureus Sport for Good Response Fund

The Sport for Good Response Fund aims to ensure that Sport for Development programmes can continue in times of crisis and that vital new channels to young people can be created to ensure that they get the support they need both now and when we begin to emerge from this pandemic. They are providing smaller grants of up to 10,000 EURO. For more information click here

Tudor Trust

Tudor Trust would like to provide support to voluntary and community groups in the medium term, beyond this first emergency phase, as they focus on how they might carry their work forward. Grants available above £10,000 with the organisation being a flexible funder. For more information click here

Peter Harrison Foundation

Opportunties through Sport aims to support sporting activity or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills. Grants will often be “one off” grants for capital projects. However, revenue funding for a new project or if funding is key to the continuing success or survival of an established project will also be considered. For more information click here

We want to help support our local community during Covid-19, is there any advice on how to do this?

For Government Advice on helping safely, click here

A Safeguarding factsheet:  Community volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak is available here

If you are providing community led-support in Warwickshire, please complete this questionnaire from Warwickshire County Council here and direct any questions to connectingcommunities@warwickshire.gov.uk.

If you are providing community support in Coventry, please let Coventry City Council know by completing their online submission form or contact them at communityresilience@coventry.gov.uk with the details.

If you are considering the temporary provision of food, see advice from Warwick District Council  here

NCVO  have lots of really useful guidance on volunteering during this time available here

Sign up to receive for CAVA’s news bulletin for news, updates and to find out how you can help and volunteer in the community in Solihull and Warwickshire here

How do I find out about local support in my Local Authority area for business affected by Covid-19?

Below are links to the local authority Covid-19 web pages information pages. These contain lots of local information including information for businesses affected by Covid19, how you or your club/group might be able to help support local people and details to changes to local council services:

Warwickshire County Council

Warwick District Council

Stratford upon Avon District Council

Rugby Borough Council

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

North Warwickshire Borough Council

Coventry City Council

Solihull Borough Council

How is my National Governing Body helping support my club/group?

To keep up to date with the relevant National Governing Body advice, resources and support visit their website. This information can be found on the Sport England Website click here

For sport-specific covid-19 guidance for outdoor sports and physical activity click here

 

Swim England have a Covid-19 FAQ page they are regularly updating with latest advice from Government & Public Health England answering some common questions from clubs. For more information click here

Some National Governing Bodies have also made funds available:

Birmingham County Football Association 

Birmingham County FA have partnered with EasyFundraising where affiliated clubs (including some in Coventry) can help raise free donations when buying goods online. They’re also hosting a free webinar on 5 May on how to raise funds from home. For more information click here

England & Wales Cricket Board 

Cricket clubs and leagues are now able to apply to two new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For more information click here

England Rugby

The RFU has developed a range of resources and information to help support clubs affected by Covid-19. For more information click here

Swim England

Swim England has created a new Covid-19 Club Support Toolkit to helps its affiliated clubs get through this pandemic. For more information click here

Lawn Tennis Association 

The LTA has announced a multi-million-pound package of additional funding and measures to support those involved in tennis in Britain through the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. For more information click here

England Boxing

England Boxing has pulled together the financial assistance available for clubs during the Coronavirus outbreak into one document. For more information click here

How do we safeguard our participants during this pandemic?

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)

The Child Protection in Sport Unit is working virtually and is available to provide advice and guidance through their enquiry system on their website. The CPSU have developed a resource to provide support on updating safeguarding policies & procedures in response to Covid-19 pandemic. For more information click here

The CPSU has also provided guidance for online coaching along with some more resources on their website. For more information click here

Ann Craft Trust

The Ann Craft Trust has collaborated with Club Matters on a new guide to safeguarding adults in sport during the Covid-19 pandemic. It features hints, tips, and useful contacts to help everyone stay connected and stay active. For more information click here

The ACT is developing a ‘Safeguarding in Challenging Times’ series on their website which will include blogs, resources and online seminars responding to the issues being raised.
They have also introduced a Safeguarding Twitter Hour on Wednesdays from 12-1pm and they would really like as many people as possible to participate – you can raise a question and get involved in discussion on the issues that are important to you.

The Ann Craft Trust is also running a couple of surveys over the coming week to get an insight into how Covid-19 is affecting safeguarding in sports and activity organisations and participants. The aim is to gain information which can help sports and activity organisations respond to the outbreak effectively in terms of safeguarding adults and to help inform the ACT of what safeguarding guidance and resources they can create and distribute to help. For more information click here

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