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

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.

As of  Wednesday 2nd December 2020, a local restriction tier system will be in place .  There are 3 tiers for local restrictions :   Tier 1 (medium), Tier 2 (high) and Tier 3 (very high).

Local Tiers

Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire have all  been placed in Tier 3. For Government Guidance on Tier 3, click here

Covid-19 National Governing Body Guidance for Sport Clubs and Groups


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

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

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

National Governing Bodies

For sport-specific covid-19 guidance for outdoor sports and physical activity 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 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 have produced a Group Exercise Support Pack to guide instructors through reopening and future professional developments. For more information 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 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

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

Each National Governing Body of Sport has its own Return to Play Guidance. 

London Sport have compiled a summary of the sport-specific guidance published by NGBs regarding covid-19, available here

What support, information and advice is available through in my Local Authority?

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

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

Sport England 

Visit the Sport England funding pages for the latest information on  Covid-19 funding available to  support the Sport and physical activity sector, 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


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


The Cadbury Foundation is supporting charities, organisations and local causes through their ‘cashmatch’ programme. 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 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

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

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

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

If you are providing community support in Coventry, please let Coventry City Council know by completing their online submission form or contact them at 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

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 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.





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