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Sport England hosted a webinar on Friday 27 March, 11am-12pm to provide a summary of their response to the challenges of COVID-19.

In this webinar their CEO Tim Hollingsworth talks about the immediate challenges that they can see, Sport England’s priorities and plans to help, and the importance of uniting the sector now more than ever.

Tim covers the things that Sport England is doing in response to the two priorities, including what you need to know about updates to their funding and how to connect to their national campaign to keep people active and engaging with the sector.

He also outlines where Sport England has got to in its development of a new Strategy and how this will be impacted by the current situation.

View the webinar

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having a massive effect on what we do as individuals and in the sport and physical activity sector.

YSF is committed to helping people and organisations across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire react and adapt to the changes.

We’ll be looking at what support we can signpost both organisations and individuals in the sector to via this page, which will be updated as things evolve.

  • Sport England Support: If you’re running a Sport England-funded programme then the key message is that there’s going to be flexibility around delivery plans and targets. They’re also open to listening to suggestions to use previously agreed funds in new ways that will help you meet objectives, even if that means a re-think about how you do that to meet the needs of our now fast-changing world. Find out more.
  • Sport England has two immediate priorities over this period:
    1. Supporting the sector: Action to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible; and
    2. Keeping the nation moving: Doing everything they can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we all think is now more important than ever.
    They know this is a hugely challenging time for all partners, and the sport and physical activity sector as a whole. They have been listening to as many of you as possible to get an early picture of the impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) is having.
  • Mind – Sector Support: As part of Mind’s sector support offer there is a brand new series of webinars to support the sport and physical activity 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 will cover a range of topics and will be delivered over the next 12 months. More information and webinar bookings can be found on the Eventbrite page, and will also be published on the website soon. In the meantime, you can access the first three webinars below.

    Mental health support for the sport and physical activity sector
    Weds 1 April 2020, 11:30am – 12:15pm
    Book your place

    Mental health training for the sport and physical activity sector
    Thurs 21 May 2020, 11:30am – 12:15pm
    Book your place

    Volunteering – insight from Get Set to Go and our Mental Health Champions guide
    Tues 2 June 2020, 11:30am – 12:15pm
    Book your place

  • 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.
  • Support for charities and community organisations from The National Lottery Community Fund: Read the updated statement from Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19 here.
  • COVID-19 GUIDE FOR CHARITIES AND SOCENTS – Big Society Capital / Good Finance guidance document
  • UK coaching support for coaches: UK Coaching has launched its ‘Antidote for Coaches Side-lined by COVID-19’. They’ve temporarily unlocked 10 of their key subscriber resources making them available to all registered on UKCoaching.org. These will remain freely available until 3 May.The idea is to help you with your learning and development journey by finding methods to support you while sport remains in limbo. They hope this small measure will go some way to helping you maintain a sense of positivity in these trying times, and are also exploring further learning and development solutions going forward.Check out what’s on offer here.
  • Government support for business: Visit the official government business support page here.
  • HMRC tax helpline to support businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19): More information about what the helpline can support you with is available here. The number to call is 0800 0159 559
  • The Federation of Small Businesses COVID-19 advice page: Both FSB members and non-members can access this information page.
  • Working with YSF on ideas:  Get in touch with us if you have innovative ideas that could help support and adapt the sector at this current time. We are monitoring sources of funding and may be able to consult with you to help shape ideas and react quickly to make the best use of available funding.
  • Keeping your loyal customer/ participant base moving when you’re not able to deliver sessions: We know that this is a worrying time for those who aren’t able to deliver their sessions face-to-face. For some physical activity and sport providers offering ‘virtual’ classes or workout programmes is one option you might like to explore.However, if this isn’t viable for you and you’d like to direct your existing customers base to alternative home-based or social-distancing-friendly activity options we’ve compiled a list here. This should help them keep up good habits, ready for when you’re able to start delivering face-to-face again.
  • 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.

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