Support for the physical activity sector during the coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is presenting a huge challenge for the physical activity sector, but there is support available for organisations and individuals affected.

On this page you'll find links to advice and support which will help you to get through this time. We'll be updating it regularly so please check for the latest information.

Government guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Sport England support

Sport England has just announced a support package of up to £195 million to help meet the needs of the physical activity sector.

This package consists of:

  • A new £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is open now for local club and community organisations to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000. THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW APPLICATIONS
  • A new £5 million fund for existing Sport England partners facing specific and immediate financial difficulty.
  • £55 million put aside to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions; to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and then, when it 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 certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England, and whose current funding agreements with Sport England run out in March 2021.

Full details, including the application process for the new Community Emergency Fund are available on the Sport England website here .

If you're running a Sport England-funded programme then the key message is that there's going to be flexibility around delivery plans and targets. They're also open to listening to suggestions to use previously agreed funds in new ways that will help you meet objectives, even if that means a re-think about how you do that to meet the needs of our now fast-changing world. Find out more.

Active Norfolk Webinar on the Community Emergency Fund

On Thursday, May 7th Active Norfolk hosted a webinar to support community sport and physical activity organisations with accessing Sport England's £20 million Community Emergency Fund.

You can watch the webinar recording 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.

Business support and advice

Government support for businesses

The support available nationally is rapidly changing. The latest information can always be found here:

Further support for businesses, charities, and community organisations

Mental wellbeing support for you

This is a difficult time for everyone and it's important to take time to look after yourself. Keeping up a physical activity habit yourself will help hugely, but these links may be useful too.

Free Mental Health Awareness Course and Resources

Everyone's mental health is being challenged during this difficult time.

With it being Mental Health Awareness Week 18th May - 25th May, we know how important it is to prioritise yours and others' well-being, and wanted to let you know that Active Norfolk, UK Coaching and Mind are here for you.

We know how vital it is, both now and going forward, that we all look after ourselves as deliverers, as well as our participants. We also know that great coaching is about being able to support the people we coach who are experiencing mental health problems.

To this end below is access to Free Online Training and some fantastic resources, provided by UK Coaching

Free Online Course

UK Coaching, 1st4sport and partners – Mind and Sport England – are delighted to announce that the online course 'Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity'is now free to access until 31 August 2020 for the whole coaching community.

Usually £18, the course, which on completion will give you 3 CIMSPA CPD points, is ideal for those involved in delivering coaching in a club, leisure centre or any other community sports & physical activity setting, such as:

  • coaches
  • activators
  • fitness instructors and personal trainers
  • sports administrators
  • front of house staff, and
  • volunteers

Take this fantastic opportunity to equip yourself with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, and support your own mental health in the process.

To enrol on the course click here

5 Free Resources to Help Your Well-Being

It's essential to look after your mental health and well-being – and small adaptations to your lifestyle can make it easier.

UK Coaching have selected five free resources to help give you some ideas.

  1. Webinar (Register / Login to access): Prioritising Your Well-being: Strategies to Take Away and Try (with mental health charity Mind) Click here to register
  2. Infographic: Fifteen Ways to Improve Coach Well-being Click here to access
  3. Tips: Resilience-Building Toolkit Click here to access
  4. Webinar: Exploring Our Duty to Care as Coaches Click here to view
  5. Podcast: Adam Morris Talks Mental Well-being Click here to listen

Online training and resources

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

CIMSPA is the lead organisation for the workforce in the sport and physical activity sector and are here to help their members, partners and the wider sector during these challenging times.

They have created a hub as a place where they have bought together advice and practical assistance on coronavirus (Covid-19), including generous offers of support from many of their partners.

This hub can be accessed here

CIMSPA Impact surveys

Want to help shape the sector's response to Covid-19?

CIMSPA's new impact surveys will assess how the sport and physical activity sector is adapting to the effects of Covid-19 a few weeks on from its initial impact.

You can access the links to the surveys below, please click the relevant survey and complete.

UK Coaching Resources

UK Coaching has launched its 'Antidote for Coaches Side-lined by COVID-19'. It has temporarily unlocked 10 of its key subscriber resources making them available to all registered on These will remain freely available until 3 May. The idea is to help you with your learning and development journey by finding methods to support you while sport remains in limbo. Check out what's on offer here.

UK Coaching's 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 we will be holding a conversation about a particular coaching topic that we know is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about.

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!

Each week we will be holding a conversation about a particular coaching topic that we know is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about.

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 - Keeping People Active at Home Infographics

Online Training

Keeping your participants moving when you’re not able to deliver sessions

We know that this is a worrying time for those who aren't able to deliver their sessions face-to-face. For some physical activity and sport providers offering 'virtual' classes or workout programmes is one option you might like to explore. You can now add virtual classes to our online Activity Finder.

However, if this isn't viable for you and you'd like to direct your existing customers base to alternative home-based activity options we've compiled lots of ideas and resources here. This should help them keep up good habits, ready for when you're able to start delivering face-to-face again.

Aaron Roberts

Aaron Roberts

Sports Development Officer

  • Coaching lead
  • NGB liaison
  • Locality Support Officer - West Norfolk
01603 731 568