Support for the physical activity sector

Those delivering sport and physical activity are experiencing many challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. We're here to help and have collated all local and national guidance on how sport and physical activity can take place safely across the city-region.

The introduction of the three tier alert system means guidance is subject to change, depending on local and national government agreements. Read the full information on the covid alert levels here. Greater Manchester moves into Tier 3 of the government alert level system on Friday 23rd October. All of the information below adheres to this alert level. Read the guidance on additional government restrictions for Greater Manchester here.

If, after reading the information provided on this page you require further support, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

What sport and physical activity can take place within Tier 3

All information correct as of 21st October. Please ensure you keep up to date of all local and national guidance and your responsibilities to ensure sport and physical activity remains covid-compliant.

Guidance under this tier is subject to change, depending on local and national government agreements.

Indoor activity:

  • Gyms and leisure facilities are able to remain open however closures are possible dependent upon local consultations. Please check with your local gym or leisure trust before visiting.
  • Organised individual and team sport must be played by a single household or support bubble. There are exemptions to this: under-18s, disabled people and, if for educational purposes, over-18s, can play in any number.
  • Informal sport can only be played indoors by a single household or support bubble.
  • Exercise classes, can continue in larger numbers based on the size of the venue, provided that people are in separate groups of up to six people, or larger groups if they’re from the same household or support bubble, which do not mix.

Outdoor activity:

  • National governing body-approved organised team sport, exercise classes and outdoor licensed physical activity and sport participation events can happen in any number provided they're in line with Covid-secure guidance.
  • Informal sport must adhere to the Rule of Six.

Spectating and travel

Whilst spectating is not prohibited, individual facilities have the authority to not allow spectators to attend sporting fixtures, so always check with the facility before attending.

  • People should not travel into or out of an area if it has been categorised as a very high alert level (Tier 3) area.
  • If you or a member of your household has been told to self-isolate, do not attend a sporting fixture as a spectator or player.
  • If you're a sports club, national governing body or sports facility, please download and share these messages with your members on spectating safely and within government guidelines.

Safe return of sport and physical activity

Government guidance

  • Sport England have provided a clear summary on what each of the three tiers means for sport and physical activity. Read it here.
  • Government guidance on additional Tier 3 restrictions for Greater Manchester. Read it here.
  • Government social distancing guidelines should be followed at all times. Find them here.
  • Government guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation including;
    • Guidance for Personal Trainers and Coaches
    • Return to recreational team sport
    • Guidance for outdoor facility providers
    • Providers of grassroots sports and gyms/leisure providers
  • Government guidance for the return of recreational team sport can be found here.

Support for clubs, coaches and instructors

  • The latest government guidance affects where and how many people can gather for sport and physical activity. Please be aware of and adhere to the guidelines.
  • Frequently asked questions related to the return of sport and physical activity here.
  • All government approved team sport guidance can be found here.
  • Sport deliverers should remain up to date with and follow the national governing body's guidance to ensure compliance with the government approved action plan. Find a list of the latest updates from over 50 sports here.
  • Club Matters have created a range of resources to support clubs and organisations to get back to activity here.
  • Activity Alliance have shared the top ways to adapt activities to be inclusive of both disabled and non-disabled people. See how you can adapt your activities here.
  • UK Coaching Forum to support coaches where you'll find the latest news around available support, safeguarding and ongoing discussion. Find it here.
  • Free training available to enable workers and volunteers to return with confidence. Find out more about and register for the ReActivate Course here.
  • Sport Structures have moved their courses online to enable coaches to continue to upskill themselves virtually. View the courses here.
  • The NSPCC have created safeguarding advice and support for remote teaching and coaching. Access the support here.

How clubs are engaging their members during this time

Guidance for facility owners

  • Frequently asked questions related to sports facilities and gyms can be found here
  • Activity Alliance have created guidance to support and inclusive response to re-opening activity to ensure that disabled people are able to access physical activity.
  • Government guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities. Find it here.
  • Support for the safe operation of gyms, leisure centres and facilities is available from ukactive here.
  • Guidance from Swim England to support returning to pools. Find it here.
  • CIMSPA - support for re-opening facilities.

Guidance specifically related to those working with children

  • Government guidance on Protective measures for out-of school settings is available here.
  • A framework for the safe delivery of children’s activity provision during social distancing from ukactive can be found here.
  • Government guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings can be found here.
  • Managing youth sector activities and spaces from the National Youth Association is available here.

Funding support

  • Sport England Return to Play Small Grants fund - grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment.
  • Sport England Return to Play Community Asset Fund - grants between £10,001 to £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.
  • Sport England Return to Play: Active Together - a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns.
  • The Charity Excellence Framework have created the Covid-19 Funder Database which enables you to search for emergency funding.
  • Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Fund to support local grass roots organisations to respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the covid-19 crisis and recover from the impact on their services. Find more information and apply here 
  • Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Fund offers grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000. Find more information and apply here
  • The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund for charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Find more information and apply here
  • A number of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have also made sport-specific funding available, view your sport's website to see if they have any funding available.

Business support

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has created guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the covid-19 pandemic. Access the support here.
  • The GC Business Growth Hub are helping businesses across Greater Manchester navigate the latest government information and provide specialist advice. Find out more about what they can offer, including calls with advisors here.
  • The Federation of Small Businesses have collated a range of advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed including answering frequently asked questions and actions you can take. View the information here.
  • CIMSPA have created 'Stronger Together’ an online information hub with sector specific updates, advice and support offers. The support includes free and discounted services and products to help support the sport and physical activity sector – Find it here.
  • The Sport and Recreation Alliance have created the Governance Bites programme to provide additional governance support - Find it here.
  • Government support for businesses and employers

Marketing Support

#KeepGMMoving

We have launched the campaign #KeepGMMoving to encourage everyone across the city region to keep moving. We've compiled a number of ways that you can keep moving online here. Share the work you're doing to keep your communities moving using the campaign hashtag, #KeepGMMoving, working together we will help keep Greater Manchester moving. If you want to help to #KeepGMMoving, you can access the free resource bank here with images and social posts.

Join The Movement

Sport England are doing a large amount of work to support the sector through this pandemic. View the full range of work happening here.

As part of their support, Sport England created the Join The Movement campaign, to encourage people to keep moving whilst staying at home and as lockdown restrictions ease.

Inclusive and Accessible Communications

Effective marketing and communications are essential and we are all working in new creative ways so we can reach and inform more people, including those with disabilities and with long-term health conditions. That’s why the key principles for inclusive and accessible communications are important to ensure your messages reach everyone. Activity Alliance have created a guide to support you to do this. Access it here.

Local support across Greater Manchester

Bolton

Bolton Community and Voluntary Services are a local charity set up to provide direct support to clubs and groups in Bolton.

  • Click here to sign up to their newsletters for updates on the latest Covid-19 updates, funds, training and support offers local to Bolton. 

Bury

Bury VCFA (Voluntary, Community and Faith Alliance) offer direct support to local clubs and groups in Bury. Click here to find out how they can help. Stay up to date on the latest Covid-19 updates in Bury with these newsletters:

Manchester

The MCRactive team are offering support across all club and workforce issues and are contactable on [email protected].

Manchester Community Central are here to support local clubs and groups in Manchester click here for their latest Covid-19 advice and resources.

  • Click here to sign up to their newsletters for updates on the latest updates, funds, training and support offers local to Manchester.

Oldham

Action Together is committed to providing support, information and guidance to clubs, volunteers and community groups, around COVID-19 - access the support here.

  • Click here to sign up to their newsletters for updates on the latest updates, funds, training and support offers local to Oldham.

Rochdale

Action Together is committed to providing support, information and guidance to clubs, volunteers and  community groups, around COVID-19 - access the support here.

  • Click here to sign up to their newsletters for updates on the latest updates, funds, training and support offers local to Rochdale.

Salford

Salford CVS are collating the support and services from people and organisations across Salford to support the community groups who need it most. Access the resources here.

  • Click here to sign up to their newsletters for updates on the latest Covid-19 updates, funds, training and support offers local to

Stockport

We are currently researching to find the best support local to Stockport community groups and residents. If you are aware of such support, please email [email protected]

Tameside

The Tameside Sport and Physical Activity Network and Active Tameside are still operating and offering support to local clubs during Covid-19. Head to their website here or get in touch by emailing: [email protected]

Action Together is committed to providing support, information and guidance to clubs, volunteers and  community groups, around COVID-19 - access the support here.

  • Click here to sign up to their newsletters for updates on the latest updates, funds, training and support offers local to

Trafford

Thrive Trafford are collating Guidance for Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) and Faith organisations which can be found here.

They have also collated information on how you can give help or receive help which can be found here.

Wigan

Wigan Borough Community Partnership are a local charity set up to provide direct support to clubs and groups in Wigan which can be found here.

Contact Us

If you need further support for your club or community group during these difficult times, please contact us using the form below.

Please provide as much detail as possible so we can provide you with the support you need as quickly as possible