COVID-19: Club & Workforce Support

COVID-19: Club & Workforce Support

COVID-19: Support for clubs and the sport and physical activity workforce

During these unprecedented times we wish to try to support our Somerset physical activity and sport workforce as much as possible. We know that while this is hitting everyone hard those people who earn income through the delivery of direct coaching, instructing, training etc. in physical activity and sport either as individuals or as small businesses will struggle during this time. This page is to try and keep you up to date with the things that we hear and see around support for you, what bigger strategic bodies are saying such as Sport England, UK Active and the Youth Sport Trust and / or any local information we get. We will also post any free webinars and / or training. This page will evolve but please do feel free to let us know things you think would be useful for yourself and others, contact Workforce Lead Laura Carter.

Clicking on the two links below will take you directly to the Clubs section of the website or the Workforce section, depending on what you require.


Sport England - Crowdfunding support for clubs

Sport England have committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on sports clubs and community activity groups, in the form of match funding through Crowdfunder. They will be matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis – and is in addition to the up to £210m coronavirus support package already announced. You can find out more about the Crowdfunding support here.

Sport England - £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus

The money will help partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic.

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package is made up of the following:

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available - please be aware that this fund is being paused on Thursday 14th May due to number of applications received.
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

Alongside this, given cashflow concerns in the sector, Sport England have also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year's funding (50% of awards) to our partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.

The package follows their recent decision to offer major flexibilities to those who currently receive funding – including the ability to change timings, key performance indicators, targets and conditions, and redirect money to new activity in response to coronavirus.

For more information please click here.

You can now check out how many applications have been received and how many have been awarded by Sport England on this dashboard, scroll to the bottom of the page.

SASP Club Webinar

In response to the Sport England Community Emergency Fund (above), SASP hosted a webinar to support local clubs and organisations looking at both the Government and Sport England guidance for sports clubs about eligibility and access to funds to help mitigate against costs you maybe incurring around staff, other fixed overheads related to facilities and buildings or any other losses related to the pandemic.

You can view the recording of the webinar (right) and you can download the accompanying slides as well as the questions and answers below.

Club Matters website

Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport. It provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable and successful.

Club Matters have put together a suite a resources and case studies to support clubs and organisations during these challenging times.

Sport Structures Resources

Working to support the sport and physical activity sector for over 17 years, Sport Structures feel they have a key role to play in guiding organisations and people to find the right solutions through these difficult times. Therefore, they have provided a weekly debate forum, a bespoke service to geographical areas and a series of guidance documents and links via their Club Matters contract. More information can be found on their website and in the helpful documents below.

NGB Specific Advice & Guidance

Safeguarding Advice


This is a really challenging time due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Sports clubs and activities have had to be cancelled and sports organisations are looking at how they can stay in touch with their teams and club members during this time.

The NSPCC has created some useful safeguarding guidance for schools who have introduced remote teaching to keep in touch with students at home.

Further to this guidance, the CPSU (Child Protection in Sport Unit) have provided additional information that may be specific to sports clubs and organisations. You can find this here. Kent Sport have also put together some fantastic resources for online learning, including top tips, checklists and risk assessments.

Childline - We know that not all children are safe from abuse and neglect at home. Teachers, sports coaches and youth leaders see children every week, and develop relationships that mean they can spot when a child may be at risk which is essential to a child receiving the right support and protection from statutory agencies. These safeguards have been removed and there is an increased risks for children to be abused and neglected with the closure of schools and sports clubs. CPSU would encourage all sports promote the Childline details by encouraging use of the Childline logo and links - and Tel: 0800 11 11.

"Childline is for Children only and is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Important update: Because of the coronavirus, Childline have had to make some changes to how Childline works. For now, you can only speak to a Childline counsellor online or on the phone from 9am – midnight".


Th Ann Craft Trust support organisations to safeguard adults and young people at risk and minimise the risk of harm. They have put together advice, tips and resources to keep you and the people you care for safe and informed during lockdown, and beyond. You can access this here.

Safeguarding ABCs of Video Conferencing - click here for some guidance and a checklist of video conferencing and safeguarding aspects.

NVCO - Championing Voluntary Action

NCVO have lots of really useful information for those working in the voluntary sector and some guidance on volunteering during this time – click here to access.

SPARK Somerset - Inspiring Communities

Spark have been providing practical support to the voluntary sector in Somerset for many years. Their aim is to inspire strong and sustainable communities through voluntary and community action.

They have set up a COVID-19 support page with lots of advice and resources for the voluntary sector, including funding opportunities as well as tools to help you manage your COVID-19 support group. You can access this and more here.

The Somerset Funding Portal is a one-stop shop for all things funding, and completely free to access! Click here to browse hundreds of funding opportunities by category. We're managing the Funding Portal with support from Somerset County Council. For further funding advice you can contact their Funding Advisor, Carolyn, and join the Facebook Group for Somerset Fundraisers.

COVID Community Champions

The Covid Community Champions network gives local people a role in helping their community to get up to date information and make the right choices to stay healthy.

After attending a short online training course, Covid Community Champions will be able to help their family, friends and the wider community to understand the latest guidance around Covid-19, and signpost to other health and wellbeing support. This can done informally as the Champions go about their day to day lives. Whether they chat to someone while queuing outside the shop, talk to colleagues at work, or challenge something they see online, they will play a vital part in helping keep local people informed, happy and healthy.

Champions will have the opportunity to attend regular meetings, where they'll get to know the other Champions, keep up to date, and feedback about how things are going where they live and work.

If you, or someone you know who might be interested in a becoming a Covid Community Champion, you can find more information and sign up for the next training session HERE.


Guidance (including financial)

Please see links below for the Government business guidance, our local Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Citizens Advice which all detail government support for business. After the announcement on Friday around staff and business protections we are all busy interpreting this and what it means to our sector. As we understand processes better etc. we will continue to post on this page. Please do only use information from reputable sites and be careful of scams.

- Government Business Guidance

- Somerset Chamber of Commerce Guidance

- Citizens Advice (including information on benefits and employment)

- Somerset Community Foundation - they have launched the SOMERSET CORONAVIRUS APPEAL to get vital funding to local charities and community organisations that are helping the most vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Government advice for employees

Sports coach? Fitness Instructor? Employed or self-employed, this Government webpage is updated regularly with the latest advice on what you are entitled to during this time.

UK Coaching Resources

Check out the UK Coaching homepage for their 'Return to Coaching' section. They have webinars to help you make sense of the guidance and forums for you to join a community of coaches for peer support.

UK Coaching - Safeguarding & Protecting Children Online Classroom

Previously if you needed to undertake an SPC workshop, or renew your certification (every 3 years) you would either have to:

A) If you had not attended a course before you would have to complete your first training at a workshop face-to-face (run by SASP and other organisations). Subsequent renewals could also take place at a face-to-face workshop if wanted.

B) If you have previously attended a face-to-face workshop you can renew your certification through the UK Coaching eLearning course, for more information click here.

Due to the current situation, face-to-face workshops are not taking place. In response to this, UK Coaching – with full support from The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) – has created an Online Classroom session out of the existing Safeguarding and Protecting Children face to face workshop. To find out more click here.

UK Coaching - Curious Coaches Club

What are the things that separate good coaches from great coaches? Well, we know that one of those elements is curiosity; it is the urge you feel to know more about something. Alongside this is the knowledge that the more we learn and find out, the more we realise we don't actually know as much as we thought! This is where the 'Curious Coaches Club' comes in!

Each week UK Coaching will be holding a conversation about a particular coaching topic that they know is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about. You see, we are all coaches as well and are fascinated by the process and art of coaching, helping people to learn and grow whilst using sport and activity as the vehicle to achieve this. Sometimes this might be helping another person get better at a specific technical or tactical outcome or it could be to support someone else to increase their confidence or communication skills.

The 'Curious Coaches Club' will have three parts to it:

  1. Watch 'A Conversation About…' between expert coaches live on a Monday or on-demand via or their You Tube channel.
  2. Engage and take part in a more in-depth conversation about the topic on Wednesday or Thursday via smaller informal gatherings of coaches hosted by one of the UK Coaching team.
  3. Continue the conversation via the community aspect of 'Connected Coaches' hosted on their website.

UK Coaching - Keeping People Active at Home Infographics

MIND in Somerset - free learning opportunities

Our wonderful friends at MIND in Somerset have put together some fantastic distance learning opportunities, including free learning on the following:

  • Mindfulness for Anxiety Reduction and Relaxation
  • Emotion Coaching and Parental Support - building Emotional Resilience
  • The Happiness Project - exploring what makes us happy and how we can maximise our potential for happiness

You can access these here.

Other training - MIND also have a number of other online training opportunities, these can be found on their website here.

CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)

CIMSPA have created a hub where they have brought together advice and guidance to support those working in the sector – click here to access.

Disclosure & Barring Service Update

ID documents can now be viewed over video link and scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted. The latest guidance can be found here.

Activity Alliance: COVID-19 support

The Activity Alliance fully recognise that sport and leisure providers are going through challenging times. The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on disabled people and sport and activity has been enormous. Their guidance page provides the range of resources and responses they have released since March 2020 to support your strategies and conversations. It includes a link to the latest FAQs on exemptions and guidelines.

The page can be found here.

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