ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR CLUBS- COVID 19

Updated 29.05.2020
We recognise the impact the current situation is having on you, your club and your members. Your health and wellbeing are of the upmost importance and we are here to support you.

As mentioned in our previous message to clubs and coaches, this dedicated page will provide clubs with guidance and signposting for help that is available. As the situation in the UK changes, we will update this page with new developments and announcements.

We may not have the answers to all of your questions yet. To help us create the best resource for you, if you have a question that isn’t answered here or on our further advice and guidance pages, please contact Hannah Gavin at hannah.gavin@britishfencing.com.

Please note that all of our regular COVID-19 updates can be found here.

Also check out all latest news here.

We are also running Community Discussion Events – more information can be found here.

FAQs

What can I be doing during this time for my club?

It’s a good idea to use this time as an opportunity to work through some basic admin tasks;

  • Check your own details are up to date on the membership platform and we have permission to contact you. You will need to log into the system to check and update this. Also remind your members to do the same so we can contact them via email.
  • Check your club details are up to date on the membership platform . We are still getting a number of undelivered messages when we send emails, to club contacts. Please ask your club secretary to check and update the club profile if necessary.
  • Sign-up to our newsletters: Club Digest and/or Coach Digest.
  • Follow our social channels: you can find us on Facebook and Twitter where we will be posting updates on a regular basis.
  • Tidy up your club’s website and social media channels. Make sure all content is up-to-date and remove any unused channels to avoid confusion. Check that any content scheduled to be automatically posted is still relevant and accurate.
  • It is also a good time to check that all your coaches and welfare officers are up to date with their required certificates. Remember you can add them to our online Coach Register and Welfare Officer lists.

 

How can I engage my club members when sessions aren’t running?

Social connections are important, and we want to keep and foster those. Think about how you could link up with your members. Using online systems is a great way to arrange get togethers or committee meetings. A lot of platforms have introduced offers to help keep people in touch; WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams, Skype and ooo are just some examples.

 

Can I run online sessions for my members?

Yes! A lot of clubs have already started to do this. As with all club sessions you need to make sure that sessions are led by an appropriately qualified individual, you give participants appropriate guidance and you risk assess your activities. More information and guidance can be found here.

 

Do I need to renew my Club or individual membership during this time?

Over the next few months, you may continue to receive information about your BF membership as part of our auto-renewal system. Please know this is not intended as a demand for payment. We recognise the seriousness of the situation and are aware that many of us are being impacted financially at this time. If you are able to renew your membership, it help us to continue our work and support the future of BF and for those of you who are still providing services to your members it will keep you insured.

We are extremely grateful to you for your support and the vital role our members can play in supporting their clubs now and in the future. BF is working to advocate for and inform our clubs, coaches and community. You can find updates on our website, including our advice and guidance page here.

 

I run my club as a small business/charity, what support is available for me?

The UK Government has announced a range of support packages available for businesses and charities, including grants, loans and tax holidays. Please see the following link for full details – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19.

This includes information on:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – as of 20/04/2020 this is now open for claims, more information here
  • deferring VAT and Self-Assessment payments
  • a Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England.
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

 

Support for businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Because some elements of business support are devolved, the measures you can access may differ if your business/club is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Scotland

View the latest guidance on coronavirus for businesses in Scotland.

https://www.mygov.scot/non-domestic-rates-coronavirus/

https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/

 

Wales

View the latest guidance on coronavirus for businesses in Wales.

On 31/03/2020 the Welsh Government launched an Economic Resilience Fund worth £400m, designed to provide grants of £10,000 to small businesses and sole traders employing up to 9 staff and up to £100,000 for businesses employing between 10 and 249 employees. This support is aimed at those firms, charities and social enterprises who have slipped through the cracks of the current relief package which is encouraging for a range of organisations, including sole director companies. It is expected that these grants will be available for application from mid-April onwards and further details can be found here.

On 1/04/2020 The Welsh Government announced a £8m Sport Resilience Fund. This will be used to support sports clubs and partner networks which play such a vital role in ensuring the nation is able to remain active and enjoy all the health and wellbeing benefits that sport brings. The fund will be led by Sport Wales. A round up of all grants, loans and support to help sport in Wales can be found here.

 

Northern Ireland

View the latest guidance on coronavirus for businesses in Northern Ireland.

 

Is there any sport sector specific support available for my club?

Sport England announced on Tuesday 31st March that they have made up to £195 million worth of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.  https://www.sportengland.org/news/195-million-package-help-sport-and-physical-activity-through-coronavirus 

For details of how clubs can access the Community Emergency Fund please go to: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund.

Please note that this fund does not replace other government schemes and clubs are expected to exhausted all other government funding sources before applying.

 

On 1/4/2020 the Welsh Government and Sport Wales have announced that they are making £400,000 immediately available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. The funding will be targeted at clubs who are already facing significant challenges after a difficult few weeks and who are likely to need  immediate financial support over the next 12 weeks if they are to remain an important part of their communities in the future.  Please check here for more details and if you have any feedback or queries on the Fund itself for now can you email them to: emergencyrelief@sport.wales.

 

For details of support available in other Home Nations please visit:

 

I am also a self-employed coach, what information is there available?

Please see our separate page for coaches here.

Self employed coaches who have lost income due to the coronavirus may be able to claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme. 

 

What should I do if my Criminal Record Check or First Aid expires during this time?

Please check out our guidance on our coaches page here and more specific information around Criminal Record Checks here.

Update 23.04.2020 In January 2020 BF adopted an online DBS application service (Vibrant Nation) for all new DBS checks (England and Wales). You should contact your club to process a new application. For more information, click here and information for clubs on Vibrant Nation can be found here.

 

Useful Links

Sport England

ClubMatters

Sport Structures

Sport and Recreation Alliance

GOV.UK

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