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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
It’s a good idea to use this time as an opportunity to work through some basic admin tasks;
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
For details of support available in other Home Nations please visit:
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.
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.
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