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Return to play

Sector support and advice and support for those delivering sports and physical activity

As we work towards helping the nation get active we know there will be challenges. What do you need? Tell us your concerns about return to play so that we can tailor our support to the needs of clubs and organisations across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.


National guidance

See Sport England’s main Coronavirus page for updates for sector support which includes:

Funding, support and advice

If your organisation is suffering financially or you want help to move your activities online, our staff will try and identify funds that can help.

    • Use our funding for clubs page including a funding finder finder
    • Sport England ‘Return to Play’ fund 
      Here is a quick guide to three of the funds out there:

      • Support for charities and community organisations from The National Lottery Community Fund.
      • Covid-19 Guide for charities and Social Enterprises – Big Society Capital / Good Finance guidance document
      • The Federation of Small Businesses COVID-19 advice page: Both FSB members and non-members can access this information page.
      • The Good Finance website provides a checklist about what clubs and organisations should be paying attention to and some information about where help is available.
      • There is also a range of other financial support available in each local authority area across West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire. Our team can offer advice and support as required. Details of who to speak to can be found here.

Support for clubs

  •  COVID-19 Officer Support. Your National Governing Body may have information on their website regarding the role of a COVID officer and what they need to do. Here is guidance to help with establishing a COVID-19 Officer and the role they should undertake.
  • Our activity finder now shows virtual activities, and it’s free to use. Here are the virtual activities already listed, and here’s how to get started. We are part of the Open Data initiative and so activities will be able to be seen in national platforms like This Girl Can and Change4life.
  • Sport England’s Join the Movement campaign is designed to provide inspiration and trusted information to the public about how to get active in and around the home during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Club officials can complete the Club Matters improvement tool  for helpful advice on areas where you can enhance your club.
  • Club officials could learn from coaching peers, or pass on some knowledge with the Curious Coaches Club.
  • We’ve worked with North Yorkshire Sport and Active Humber to launch the Yorkshire and Humber Learning Community.
  • Duty to Care Toolkit,  UKCoaching.org, is set across five areas, known as pillars – Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Well-being.
    The Toolkit will challenge coaches to demonstrate their knowledge around the principles of duty to care. Coaches will be sign-posted to a comprehensive suite of learning resources designed to help them deliver and adapt sessions safely, create diverse and inclusive environments and look after the mental health and well-being of both themselves and their participants.

Club Matters support

The Club Matters website contains ‘Return to play’ guidance, including:

    • reopening toolkit – this includes information on how your club/organisation can plan its return to movement, physical activity and sport, with advice on what you need to think about across different areas such as reopening your facility and protecting your people. Including a Reopening toolkit template
    • risk register template – this template, with a dedicated user guide, is designed to help your club/organisation introduce or update your practices regarding how you manage risks.
    • creating a risk assessment – this draws from the current Health and Safety Executive advice and provides step-by-step guidance to help organisations address risk, including coronavirus-specific considerations.
    • Understanding your people – How you can gather the views of their people on how coronavirus might have impacted their ability/willingness to return to movement, physical activity and sport and top tips for how organisations can use that insight.
    • social distancing guidance – this resource covers the different practices and considerations your club/organisation may need to introduce so that social distancing can be implemented in line with current government advice.

Club Matters webinars are now available online and cover a range of subjects:

  • Introduction to legal structures
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Planning for your future
  • Participant experience
  • Volunteer experience
  • Leadership teams



A new, free, online training platform, designed to equip anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector in England with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return to work or restart their coaching activity, as we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.

Training covers:

  • Risk assessment and management
  • Health and safety
  • Social distancing
  • Use of equipment and PPE
  • Cleaning and hygiene
  • First aid
  • Travel
  • Communicating with customers & participants
  • How to safely reopen your facility


UK Coaching / CPSU are providing Online Classrooms for ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ to enable coaches to access.

CPSU – Coronavirus (COVID-19) and safeguarding in sport – The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents new safeguarding challenges for all those working or volunteering with children. We will compile our latest information and resources for those in the movement, physical activity and sports sector here.

Safeguarding for virtual activities: Safeguarding guidance from the NSPCC is here and covers online safety, including some good practice where activities are being live-streamed. The NSPCC are working to further develop this guidance and the CPSU will be adapting this for the sports sector.

Mental wellbeing

  • Mind – Sector Support: As part of Mind’s sector support offer there is a series of webinars to support the movement, physical activity and sport sector to do more around mental health. The aim of the webinar series is to up-skill organisations so they are able to support people with mental health problems to get active.

    The webinars cover a range of topics and will be delivered over the coming months. More information and webinar bookings can be found on the Eventbrite page, and will also be published on the website soon.

  • Mental Wellbeing support: This is a difficult time for everyone and it’s important to take time to look after yourself. Keeping up a physical activity habit yourself will help hugely, but these links may just be useful too.Mental health charity Mind has put together detailed advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing. Practise relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. Try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters, and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS.
  • Every Mind Matters – Translations of the new Now more than ever mental health “10 top tips” Twitter and Facebook assets are now available in Polish, Russian, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Romanian, Roma and Somali.

Helping people find your activities

To publish your online activity:

  1. Log in or create an account here yorkshire.sportsuite.co.uk
  2. Add your activity,  yorkshire.sportsuite.co.uk/
     and select “Online” location

Yorkshire Sport Foundation are proud to support OpenActive.

We want to make it as easy to find and book a tennis court as it is to book a hotel room.

Making data about where and when activities happen openly available is one step towards improving digital services in the sector.

Our activity finder is provided through Sportsuite that both publishes to Openactive data standards and also shows results from other Openactive standard feeds.

Want to add an activity, promote a job, course or volunteer opportunity?

Sign and promote your opportunity on our national finder.

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