COVID-19 Support

We are committed to supporting local organisations and clubs through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Please find information detailing available advice and support below.


  • Sport England has an advice page on ‘returning to play’ here
  • London Sport has compiled a complete list of guidance notes on returning to play from sports’ national governing bodies here


Government guidance:

What you can and can’t do now.


DfE Guidance for Holiday Activities:

•         Guidance for providers 
•         Guidance for parents


You can find information on available funding here.


Guidance for clubs


Club Matters Sport England

Club Matters have put together a suite a resources and case studies to support clubs and organisations during these challenging times and reopening risk registers and more  click here.

Virtual workshops are now available here (scroll down the page to virtual ones), along with useful checklists and guidance from business continuity planning, emergency financial planning, and securing your building, to operating virtually and understanding financial support available. Click here to access.


Sport England have launched a new section of their website which collates advice and guidance from across the sector that could help others to deal with the immediate impact of Covid and then to plan and develop for whatever is coming next (beyond just funding). With Business advice; Grounds Maintainance advice; How to stream exercise classes online; Providing coaching online; and Developing an online presence. Click Here

  • Understanding Legal Risks and Duties of Care in Returning to Play Website Link (Scroll down the page to the ‘Legal bit’)
  • Sport England – Hygiene for Sport and Physical Activity Website Link

Sport COVID-19

This guidance has been produced by BDO LLP. Through our partnership with Sport England and UK Sport we have set up a hub to share with you our knowledge on particular challenges you may be facing at this time. There are 5 topics of support:

  • Government guidance – Understand the government advice for your organisation and find out how to access financial support.
  • Tax – Improve your cash flow by maximising tax breaks, VAT deferrals and Gift Aid opportunities.
  • Operational finance – How should your organisation adjust plans, budgets and reserves during COVID-19?
  • Fraud – Maintain a controlled environment and limit fraud through segregation of duties, staff absences and home working.
  • Information Technology – Stay cyber-secure during COVID-19.


Safeguarding Guidance:


The Ann Craft Trust and Club Matters have teamed up to create a guide on how you can keep adults safe through coronavirus. Check out the new guide here.


Child Protection in Sport Unit

The CPSU have created lots of great resources to support clubs and organisations in safeguarding children, including remote coaching, virtual classrooms and DBS. You can view this here.


Return to Play – Guidance on Re-opening Facilities:


DCMS Guidance on re-opening of outdoor facilities can be found here:


CIMSPA have released detailed guidance on reopening leisure facilities – it can be found here:


EMD UK, the national governing body for Exercise, Movement and Dance, have released their guidance for instructors.  This includes a summary guide, and resources covering a wide range of advice.  You need to register (free) to access the resources. Click here


Sport England has an advice page on ‘returning to play’ here

With specific advice on implementing hygiene procedures at sport ad physical activity facilities here

London Sport has compiled a complete list of guidance notes on returning to play from sports’ national governing bodies here


For individual questions, please contact Claire Greenwood