Sport England

If you work in the sport and physical activity sector, you may have been significantly affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Sport England want to hear about the issues you may be facing in light of this. Please contact them via and let them know:

  • How is it impacting you or your organisation?
  • What help do you think would be most beneficial?

For more information and updates from Sport England regarding the coronavirus, click HERE.

Sport England have tasked CIMSPA with capturing some of the impact that COVID-19 is having on the S&PA workforce. If you are able to complete this short survey to ensure that we capture as much information as possible it would be much appreciated

Sport England Community Emergency Funding

On Tuesday 31st March 2020, Sport England announced that they will be making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, will be available to support partners and the sector as a whole. £20 million has been set aside for those that apply for the Community Emergency Fund. This has been opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid for grants of £300 and £10,000.

Who could benefit from the fund

Any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity can apply to this fund if it's experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

These organisations include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

What will be funded

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

Some examples of the sort of things the fund can help with are:

  • Support a boxing club to pay for their utility bills and other costs for their facility when no activity is taking place
  • Support a local league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which is now cancelled and therefore will not receive the money the players in the league would have paid.

Who the fund's not able to help

This fund is designed to help grassroots sport and physical activity providers. This means the fund will not be available to support any of the following:

  • Local authorities, including town and parish councils
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Commercial sport and physical activity providers, e.g. private gyms
  • Leisure operators
  • Individuals who are either employed or self-employed within the sport and physical activity sector.

Any organisation or individuals who can access support through the government's financial packages should do so in the first instance.

What the funding can't be used for

Funding cannot be used for:

For further information and to apply for the grant log on to

The team at Active Suffolk will be offering support to any local sports clubs that wish to apply for the Community Emergency Fund.

If you are from a sports club in Suffolk and you are interested in applying for this funding grant, we would be happy to support and assist you with this. The type of support we may be able to offer includes:

  • Providing insight which will support your bid
  • Supporting you with the application form
  • Sign posting you to relevent information which could support your bid
  • Answering questions and queries regarding eligibility for the fund

Contact us at

GOV.UK Support and Advice

The GOV.UK website provides lot of help, support and guidance for those who may have been impacted by the coronavirus. For those whose employment may have been affected, there is lots of guidance around the types of financial support you might be able to access, including:

Swimming Teachers and Lifeguards

Swim England are working to develop further FREE online CPD opportunities and sign posting to helpful resources, including some additional live webinars. Their hope is that this will allow you to keep your staff up-to-date, engage with your swimming lesson parents and provide an opportunity to support teacher development without needing to deliver face to face training.

The existing resources are available for you to access now:

Learn to Swim webinars
Teaching hub
Continuous Professional Development


If you are already a member of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport & Physical Activity) you will be able to access their eLearning platform, which provides access to over 1300 short courses to aid with your personal and professional development.

To access the academy for the first time, you will need the access key which is learning1

When you are ready to get started visit and click on the 'register' button.

CIMSPA are also working on developing an online hub of resources for the workforce which will include additional learning and are working closely with UK Coaching at offering some form of online Safeguarding qualification, more details will be posted in due course.