Opening School Facilities

Opening School Facilities Funding

SASP have received funding from Sport England to distribute to help young people most affected during the Covid pandemic to resume activity. The Opening Schools Facilities Funding aims to support targeted groups of those most affected across Somerset and interested Schools are invited in the first instance to submit a simple Expression of Interest.

Whilst the deadline for expressions of interest has now passed, it may still be possible to submit an Application. Email Stewart Collins at to make an appointment for a chat.

We are required to target our support to those areas where data from the Sport England commissioned physical activity attitudes and behaviours survey during COVID-19 has highlighted the greatest need:

  • Secondary and Middle Schools that serve areas of high socio economic deprivation (measured by % of free school meal eligibility and Index of Multiple Deprivation data)
  • Secondary and Middle Schools with relatively high numbers of pupils with SEND

Opening School Facilities Objectives

  • The objective of this work is to support schools to open their facilities outside of the normal school day (evenings, weekends, and holidays) to allow young people more opportunities to be physically active.
  • Support / funding should be targeted predominantly to support schools with a high percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals, the least active and to provide more opportunities for pupils with SEND to take part in activities. Active Partnerships would use local intelligence to identify schools that do not use, or only have limited access to, their school sport facilities outside the school day, identify the barriers to opening up their premises and facilitate solutions to support schools.
  • Develop relationships with local sport providers as well as National Governing Bodies of Sport to ensure that young people have access to a high quality and varied offer of sport and physical activity opportunities, which meets the needs of their pupils, including the least active. This could include making links between schools, to maximise use of affordable facilities across the local area.

Benefits for your School

Short Term: Schools will receive support to help reduce the burden on school staff of taking steps to open their premises (when it is safe to do so) outside of the school day to deliver both extra-curricular and community sessions to benefit young people.

Longer Term: Pupils will benefit from having greater access and opportunity to take part in activities after school, at weekends and during holidays.

Where appropriate, schools may be able to develop a reasonable sustainable income generation from leasing their premises to external organisations at affordable rates

What can the funding for schools be used for?

Whilst we don't want to be too prescriptive on what the funding can and can't be used, we expect funding to be used to help schools offer extra-curricular opportunities including opening facilities in a COVID-19 secure manner. Examples include:

  • Help schools with their own pool on site to safely open them – this can include purchasing water testing kits and plant servicing following guidance from Swim England.
  • Help schools to meet COVID-19 measures by purchasing additional signage, touch free entry points, perspex screens and additional cleaning equipment.
  • Purchase additional sports, activity, and storage equipment.
  • To improve the accessibility of school sports facilities, especially for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This could include buying adaptive sports equipment.
  • Where relevant provide funding for additional short-term staffing challenges which prevent schools from opening facilities or delivering sessions.
  • Please note, large scale capital / building works are not eligible items of expenditure nor is loss of revenue because of facilities being closed during the period of restrictions.

For further information or to discuss any ideas and projects further, please email

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK