Club Matters to support clubs and organisations through coronavirus outbreak

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 06:58

Club Matters to support clubs and organisations through coronavirus outbreak

Sport England has said that it is looking at how it can best support clubs through the outbreak of coronavirus.

Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport.

Sport England's two main priorities during this period are:

  • Supporting the sector: Action to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible
  • Keeping the nation moving: Doing everything it can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which is now more important than ever.

Sport England said there is likely to be a financial impact for some clubs due to this pandemic, so it is currently looking at all the options to support clubs and working hard to understand the challenges.

A statement from Club Matters in its newsletter said: "Some of that will be so that we can work out how best we can help and get funding out as quickly as possible, some of it will be compiling a more broad-ranging request for central government help for the sector as a whole.

"We're working as hard as we can on this as we know how important it is. We hope to have more information about the financial support we'll be able to offer over the coming week or so via an updated Club Matters newsletter and on our website.

"We're exploring a number of ideas as to what this might look like, for example opening up applications to our Small Grants scheme to those that have lost income - modelled on our successful Flood Relief Fund - and allowing extensions of existing grants for those already in receipt of funding who have a critical funding shortfall."

Club Matters is asking that clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport contact with them with any ideas and concerns via coronavirus@sportengland.org and let them know:

  • How coronavirus is impacting you or your organisation
  • The type of help you think would be most beneficial.

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