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Coronavirus

This is no ordinary time, and we're all facing huge challenges. We're committed to being as supportive as we can to the sport and physical activity sector, and doing all we can to help people stay active in this new normal.

We know this is a hugely challenging time for the sport and physical activity sector as the country deals with the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Our two immediate priorities over this period are:

  • Supporting the sector: action to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible
  • Keeping the nation moving: doing everything we can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever.

Click on the links further down this page to find out more about this, including our funding support and Join the Movement campaign.

Latest government guidance

People can now go outside more than once a day for exercise alone or with their household, or with up to five people from outside their household providing they observe social distancing.

Many facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities can reopen, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely. This includes basketball and tennis courts, playing spaces like golf courses (public and private), playing fields and watersports. 

But outdoor gyms, playgrounds and outdoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information about the latest government guidance and what that means for your facility, click below.

Read the latest

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Funding and flexibility

A £210 million package of government and National Lottery funding has been developed to help the sport and physical activity sector through this crisis. 

We've also introduced significant flexibility in how we manage our existing support to individuals and organisations, and are providing guidance on the rules around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and publically-funded staff.

Our funding and flexibility

Support for projects and organisations

We've compiled advice on how to keep your project or organisation going through the coronavirus crisis and how you can help to keep the nation active.

It can support you now, and help you prepare and adapt for the future.

See the support available

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A mum and daughter getting active together.

Join the Movement

Our Join the Movement campaign is all about inspiring people to keep active during this time, pulling together trusted resources to help people do just that.

It's encouraging people to share their own ideas on social media.

Join the Movement

Activity levels research

We know how and if people are getting active during this time will of course change.

We're working with Savanta ComRes to understand the true picture throughout this period, and how people view getting and keeping active.

Read the latest findings

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What happens next?

We'll be announcing more on our funding programmes soon, but we also want to hear from you about the issues you're facing - not just now but in the future.

You can also watch the latest webinar from our chief executive, Tim Hollingsworth, about the crisis and what it means for our upcoming new strategy.

Learn more about what's next

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