Workforce and COVID-19 (including Clubs)

COVID-19: Support for 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.


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

- 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

UK Coaching know there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to do what you love. But while the spread of the virus may be preventing you gathering with your teams and participants, it cannot stop you gathering knowledge and growing your coaching skills during this exasperating but unavoidable pause in play. UK Coaching would like to help you use your downtime effectively, so that when things return to normal you will be stronger for the experience.

To this end, they have temporarily unlocked 10 of their most valuable subscriber resources making them available to all registered on UK Coaching. These will remain freely available until 3 May.

1. The Power of Holistic Coaching: Why Coaches Should Develop the Whole Person

2. Understanding Self: Creating a Coaching Philosophy

3. Understanding the Individual: The Key to Helping Your Participants Thrive

4. Understanding Environment: Provide Your Participants With a Sense of Empowerment

5. Understanding Coaching Practice: Reflective Practice Essentials

6. Sports Psychology: Developing Mental Toughness

7. Athletic Development & Physical Preparation: The Importance of Fundamental Movement Skills

8. Health, Lifestyle & Wellbeing: Being a Mindful Coach

9. Building Relationships: Why Mastering the Coach-Athlete Relationship is so Important

10. Skill Acquisition: How to Develop and Use Attention to Improve Performance

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.

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.

Over the coming weeks UK Coaching will be following this process to talk about all sorts of different topics and feel free to share with them if there are any specific topics, discussions or coaches you would like to hear from and they will see what they can do!

Sports Marketing Network

Community sport and coronavirus- the way forward

How do we respond now, prepare for life afterwards and how will society change because of the virus and how do we respond?

Sports Marketing Network are offering three, free, online webinars for everyone involved with community sport.

  • Webinar 1: Friday 27th March at 2pm - How do we respond now, with clubs, facilities and centres closing down and events and classes, matches and festivals being cancelled?
  • Webinar 2: Friday 3rd April at 2pm - How do we prepare for life afterwards? How do we get people back? How will people's habits change and how can you respond?
  • Webinar 3: Friday 17th April at 2pm - What is our new 'normal' going to look like?

You can book onto these webinars here. They will also be recorded and made available on their website.

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.

#EasierToBeActive Online Workshops

#EasierToBeActive is a national online conversation for anyone with a passion in making it easier for people with health conditions to be active and stay active. They need your input, your experience and your ideas for what could be improved to better support, empower and inspire people with health conditions to be active. Together you will build up a picture of how you can work together to shape the design, provision and promotion of services so that the system makes it easier for everyone to be active.

This online workshop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until midday on Tuesday 14 April.

Their promise is to listen to what you tell them, communicate with you regularly, clearly and quickly about what they've learned from the collective insights you've shared, and turn this into guidance that they have co-created.

In a time when it's not possible to travel or meet in person, lets connect with each other and share our ideas virtually. Let's make it #EasierToBeActive with a health condition.


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
  • 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.

Sport specific advice and funding

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
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK