Supporting clubs through COVID-19

COVID-19: Support for Clubs

Updated 16th July 2020

Knowing that clubs are facing challenging times as a result of COVID-19, we want to provide support for Berkshire clubs and its workforce. GBA has created this support page to give you ideas and access to tools and resources which will help you to work through the current situation.

This page will evolve as we post new opportunities and resources, but please get in contact with any questions or feedback by contacting our Workforce Officer -

Advice for clubs

  • Stay in touch with your members and keep them updated on the position of the club.
  • Be upfront with your members about the financial position the club is in and don't be afraid to go to those you pay to request a freeze, deferment or suspension on charges and fees.
  • Consider setting challenges and asking people to post their videos online.
  • Members will want a club to go back to when all this is over so encourage them to stay active and be creative from home.
  • Keep an eye on guidance given by your national governing body (NGB).
  • Can you use this non-playing time to focus on the things that you might not get a chance to do during the season?
  • Don't forget to praise effort and good work from people that are working behind the scenes to keep the club alive.

Sport England Coronavirus Support

Sport England have put together extensive support pages to help the sport and physical activity sector through the Coronavirus pandemic.

It includes:

  • The latest government guidance
  • Funding news
  • Support for projects and organisations
  • Research and insight, and much more

Click here to access.

Funding Opportunities

Mind: Handy guides for supporting people and organisations "returning to play"

Communicating and Engaging as a Virtual Club

Do you need support in Communicating and Engaging as a Virtual Club? Sport England and Club Matters have outlined some key guidance.

Find out more.

Key Guidance from External Organisations

Government Guidance

GOV.UK is being regularly updated with key information to support the sector

- Government Guidance

- Guidance for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities

- Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation

- Guidance for personal trainers and coaches

- Guidance for accessing green space safely

- Guidance for spending time outdoors

- Guidance for the public

- Guidance for out-of-school child care provision (holiday clubs, community activities etc.)

Reopening Guidance

Return to Coaching

Safeguarding Guidance

This is a challenging time for many people due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Sports clubs and activities have had to be cancelled and postponed and staying connected with your workforce, teams and members is as crucial as ever.


NGB - Advice & Guidance

Matt Davies

Matt Davies

Workforce Officer

01628 472851 / 07912 178655

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