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COVID-19: Support for Clubs & the Workforce

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Updated 21st October 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 -

LATEST: Government introduces "three-tier system of restrictions".

Sport England guidance

20th October 2020 - 'Three-tier system of restrictions'

Sport England have updated their coronavirus advice to reflect the fact the government has introduced a three-tier system of restrictions.

23rd September 2020 - 'Rule of six' to be applied to adult indoor team sports

With new coronavirus-related restrictions for sport announced by the UK Government, Sport England have compiled answers on what is and isn't allowed.

CIMSPA guidance

24th September 2020

The Government yesterday announced new restrictions in England. From 24 September, organised indoor sports can only take place in groups of six or less. CIMSPA have has summarised the guidance for group exercise:

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.

Advice for clubs & Coaches

  • 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.

Funding Opportunities

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

Advice for First Aiders

We recognise that first aid remains a crucial skill even as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. St John Ambulance have put together some key advice for first aiders so that you can continue to keep those you care for and yourself safe.

Communicating and Engaging Virtually

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 - Return to Play Guidance

Matt Davies

Matt Davies

Workforce Officer

01628 472851 / 07912 178655

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