Support for the physical activity sector

Clubs and organisations all over the country are experiencing lots of challenges due to Covid-19. GreaterSport are here to help by providing tips, tools, links and ideas to help keep your club working with your members and customers!

Why is it important?

We have seen radical changes in our ability to play sport, participate in physical activity and live our day to day lives. We have also seen an incredible response from many local, regional and national organisations stepping up to support the country to keep moving. For the volunteers, coaches and organisers we want make it easy for you to access the best of the support that's available in a way that will meet the varying needs of all the activity that happens across Greater Manchester.

We understand that we are all facing similar challenges and have similar needs, but we realise that the way in which we can approach these will be unique to all. We are all at different stages, within different sports involved with different people but we want to help the community to assess where they are and address the needs accordingly.

Our Offer

We are here to help you find the support you need during this time and to connect you to those who can help meet the needs of you, your club or organisation. If we don’t have the immediate answers, we will find out who does and help you get the responses you need. We have the knowledge and understanding of the sector and we will utilise the relationships we have nationally and locally to get you the support you need.

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

Returning to Play

As restrictions on social distancing begin to ease, below you will find the latest guidance from sport organisations and the government on the best way to approach the return to play. Whilst we are all keen to reopen our the sport and physical activity sector, it is important we do so safely. Please ensure you are fully aware of your duties and responsibilities before reopening to ensure sport and physical activity is safe for everyone able to participate.

Support for Clubs

  • Find answers to frequently asked questions related to the return of team and recreational sport and the re-opening of indoor facilities here.
  • Team sports can restart when each sport's national governing body has published a government-approved action plan and related guidance on playing safely. Find a list of the latest updates from over 50 sports here.
  • Government guidance for the return of recreational team sport can be found here.
  • Club Matters have created a range of resources to support clubs and organisations to get back to activity here.

How clubs are engaging their members during this time

Support for coaches and instructors

  • You can now meet up to six people from outside your household, so small, socially distanced group activities can now take place.
  • Government guidance specifically for Personal Trainers and coaches can be found here.
  • Sport Structures have moved their courses online to enable coaches to continue to upskill themselves virtually. View the courses here.
  • Activity Alliance have shared the top ways to adapt activities to be inclusive of both disabled and non-disabled people so more people can stay in and work out. See how you can adapt your activities here.
  • The NSPCC have created safeguarding advice and support for remote teaching and coaching. Access the support here.
  • UK Coaching have set up a forum to support coaches where you will find all the latest news for coaching around available support, safeguarding and ongoing discussion. Find it here.

Re-opening facilities

From 25th July, indoor facilities such as gyms, leisure centres, pools and community halls will also be allowed to reopen, provided operators follow government guidelines. Here you'll find the guidelines and a range of support to assist you to safely re-open your facilities.

  • Sport England have compiled answers to frequently asked questions related to the re-opening of indoor facilities which can be found here.
  • Government guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities. Find it here.
  • A framework for the re-opening of gym, leisure centres and wider fitness industry during social distancing from ukactive available here.
  • Swim England have released Returning to the Pool advice ahead of the Government giving the green light for a return to the water. Find it here.

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 funding package to help their partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic. This fund includes;
    - A £20 million Community Emergency Fund for clubs and community organisations. This fund is paused to new applications for the foreseeable future.
  • The Charity Excellence Framework have created the Covid-19 Funder Database which enables you to run searches for emergency funding, to secure the funding you need.
  • A number of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have also made sport-specific funding available, check out 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.

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