COVID-19 Guidance & Support

This page includes a number of links to guide and support you through the current situation for Sport and Recreation, including:

  • Step One: Links to the latest government guidance
  • Step Two: Funding and financial support
  • Step Three: Make the most of the business support available
  • Step Four: Further guidance information relating to Covid 19 and reopening from the sports sector.

Part 1 - Specifically from the Sport Sector

Part 2 - Facility Support

If the information you need isn't included within the five steps, please complete the feedback field at the bottom of this page. This will help us adapt our offer to provide the support needed.

Step One: Latest Government Guidance

Step Two: Funding and Financial Support

The Budget released in March 2021 highlighted a number of opportunities for businesses, organisations and sole traders operating in the sector.

  • Extension of the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme to September 2021
  • Extension of the UK-wide Self Employment Income Support scheme to September 2021, with 600,000 more people who filed a tax return in 2019-20 now able to claim for the first time.
  • UK-wide Recovery Loan Scheme to make available loans between £25,001 and £10 million, and asset and invoice finance between £1,000 and £10 million, to help businesses of all sizes through the next stage of recovery.
  • Business rates relief.
  • SME's can continue to reclaim up to two weeks of eligible Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs per employee from the Government.
  • Restart Grants – a one off cash grant of up to £18,000 for leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.
  • Extension of the apprenticeship hiring incentive in England to September 2021 and an increase of payment to £3,000.
  • New "flexi-job" apprenticeship programme in England, that will enable apprentices to work with a number of employers in one sector.
  • More traineeships in England, funding high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds in 2021/22 academic year.
  • The new Community Ownership Fund where " community groups will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched funding to help them to buy local assets to run as community-owned businesses."

Full Budget 2021 document links here - Budget 2021: documents - GOV.UK

Check out further support available through the links below:

  • Details of funding and other support through your local authority
  • The LRS Funding Finder can then be used to access information about funding for the sports sector.

Step Three: Make the most of the business support and advice available

FREE Business Advice and Support is available to help you to sustain or grow your organisation. Including:

  • Business support and advice
  • Business funding
  • Support to develop your business or digital skills
  • Make connections with other in business - check out the FREE support available.

Step Four: Further guidance and information relating to Covid 19 and reopening from the sports sector.
Part 1 - Specifically from the Sport Sector

Stay connected with the latest information from Sport England and your sport's National Governing Body.

The CIMSPA, Club Matters and UK Coaching websites also have a number of other resources available .

Part 2 - Additional Guidance

Missed the COVID-19 Measures in the Workplace Sports & Leisure Sector webinar? Make the most of the slides and film of the session focusing on implementing Covid 19 measures in the workplace, specifically for the 'Sports Sector.'

Step Five: Raise the profile or your offer

Share your offer with a wider audience and generally make the most of the wider networks and support available

Can't find what you're looking for?

We will continually review our digital content to provide the support and information needed for sport and physical activity organisations during these challenging times. Please let us know if you're unable to find what you're looking for and we'll continually seek to improve our content.


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