Coronavirus – Sport England Emergency Fund & Lawn Management
Sport England, through its Club Matters website, has issued a useful tool https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/ to help Sports Clubs through this Coronavirus crisis.
Sport England, is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The package includes a £20 million Community Emergency Fund (https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency- fund), which is now open for all clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.
The fund has been developed to help organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus, such as rent, utility costs, insurance, core staff costs, and facility or equipment hire.
Wales is yet to announce a similar scheme.
The CA has been surveying clubs on their lawn maintenance problems and is aware of the many concerns that clubs have during this lockdown period. We have been seeking specific assurance that lawn maintenance is permitted, providing the government’s guidelines on safe working are followed and we are pleased to report that we received the following clarification on April 1st from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Subject: Re: Essential maintenance of sports turf during lockdown
“Thank you so much for getting in contact – you have come to the right place. We are aware of these issues and are seeking clarity where necessary. The public health guidance is of course subject to review, but I can be clear about some of your key questions. In short, contractors are indeed permitted to work – anyone who can’t perform their usual work at home, can travel to work. Volunteers are able to travel to clubs to perform these functions too, as without them, as you say, the facilities are at risk. Police should not be sending maintenance staff home as they are performing their work, in the only place that it can be done. I believe the police are reviewing their guidance at present so the latter issue may lessen soon.”
The Institute of Groundmanship (IoG) will be issuing some specific advice on how to manage croquet courts with fewer resources than usual and how to bring them back to playing standard later in the year. This will be circulated as soon as we receive it.