The Return to Play Fund will especially seek to support those groups and organisations working with audiences we’ve identified as finding it more difficult to be active at this time.
- Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
- people on lower incomes
- those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the crisis
- disabled people and people with long-term health conditions
- those who are experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began.
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said the new funding would make a big difference as winter approached.
“Local clubs offer so much to their communities and it’s hugely important that we support them to keep people fit and healthy as we head into winter,” he explained.
“This welcome funding will enable people across the country to enjoy sport safely, boosting their mental and physical health in the months ahead.”
30 April 2021, update - Return to Play: Community Asset Fund is now closed, and Return to Play: Small Grants was boosted by a further £5m, taking its funding pot to £15m and the total Return to Play Fund pot £21.5m.