COVID-19 Support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a massive impact on all our lives and this includes the sport & physical activity sector.

We are committed to trying to assist clubs, organisations, and individuals across our Borough to adapt to the national situation, react as positively as we can and assist with the recovery process.

As this is a very fluid situation, we will endeavour to help signpost clubs and organisations to support and guidance as things evolve and change.

Latest guidance

Last updated: Monday 17 May 2021

Step 3 comes into play on the 17 May

This latest guidance applies from Monday 17 May when Step 3 begins and will be valid until Step 4 comes into force, which will be no earlier than Monday 21 June.

These frequently asked questions frequently asked questions  have been developed alongside the government in order to help those getting ready to restart sport and physical activity on the 17 May. They are intended to support you in your work in preparing to restart and to understand what the government guidance means for you.

Sport-specific guidance will be published by the government in the coming days and we’ll continue to work with the government to add information on the next steps in its roadmap as we get further clarity.


  • Indoor: Indoor gatherings of either six people (the ‘rule of six’) or two households can take place. Organised indoor adult and children sport and physical activity can return (including exercises classes) subject to sport-specific guidance. For organised indoor sport and physical activity, there’s no limit on group numbers so long as people adhere to capacity restrictions on indoor facilities. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100 sq. ft. per person.
  • Outdoor: Up to 30 people can meet outdoors. Organised outdoor sport and physical activity can take place in any numbers, subject to sport-specific guidance.
  • Organised sport and activity includes:
    • Organised group activities (such as, but not limited to, exercise classes, group cycle rides, walking groups etc.)
    • Organised team sports, including adapted versions for ‘higher risk’ team sports (following approved guidance)
    • Other organised sports (such as, but not limited to, tennis, badminton, golf, horse riding, water sports etc.)
    • Organised sport participation events (such as, but not limited to, road races, running and cycling events, triathlons etc.)
    • Organised contact combat sports (following approved guidance). See contact combat sport FAQ for information about what phase activities can return at.
  • Exemptions for elite sport training and fixtures apply.
  • Facilities: All sports facilities can open. This includes facilities which can be used for sport but are primarily used for leisure (such as trampoline parks, bowling alleys and ice rinks) or which provide physical activity which is not a recognised sport (such as airsoft venues).
  • Changing rooms: Changing rooms can open, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible.
  • Spectators: Spectators will be permitted to view events on both public and private land in Step 3, but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits (groups of 30 outdoors and six people/two households indoors). Spectators are allowed indoors, but the total number of all participants, coaches, officials and spectators must be aligned with the ventilation rates permitted by the particular venue. During Step 3, there should not be more than 1,000 spectators indoors at any venue.
  • Travel: You can leave your home to exercise and take part in informal and organised sport and physical activity. Car sharing will be permitted in Step 3 for sport and physical activity. The guidance for safer travel will be updated ahead of Step 3 to provide further information about this. 
  • Hospitality: Clubhouses and facilities that serve food and drink can open. In Step 3, both indoor and outdoor hospitality will be permitted. The guidance on hospitality settings will be updated ahead of Step 3 to provide further information about this.  

Funding support

There are a number of funding packages available to local sport clubs and facilities to assist during the pandemic.

For sport related grants please visit the Sport England website

For assistance with business related grants please visit the Scarborough Borough Council website

RFU Rugby Support Package

RFU announced a £7m relief package for community clubs including monies ring fenced and diverted for the community game as well as additional funding. These measures include:

  • An early release of £800,000 cash due to clubs through the ticketing fund.
  • Early release of final funding payments (£600,000) to Constituent Bodies and suspension of the activity plans against which this was allocated, enabling them to utilise this to provide “immediate support grants” to clubs most in need. In addition, £400,000 will be made available to Constituent Bodies who elect to match fund from their own reserves.
  • A suspension of the Quarterly loan repayments for clubs with outstanding loans due in March (£335,000).
  • The creation of a £5m support loans programme, offering loans of between circa £2k and circa £10k to clubs, with deferred re-payments for six months and repayable over three years.

LTA Club Support Package

The LTA has announced a multi-million-pound package of additional funding and measures to support those involved in tennis in Britain through the impact of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The comprehensive package, which has been developed by the LTA in consultation with Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, will make additional support available to tennis venues, coaches, officials and players to the value of up to approximately £20m, with the goal of ensuring that tennis in Britain emerges from this period in as strong and healthy a position as possible, and that the sport is able to resume its unique role in keeping the nation active as soon as conditions allow.

Football Foundation – Return to Football Fund

The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation has declared ‘Game on’; three funds totalling more than £16m to get the country ready for the return of grassroots football at the end of month.
At a critical and exciting moment for football’s 12 million grassroots players, clubs will be able to access funding for everything from creating a safer environment and getting grass pitches match-fit to goal posts or portable floodlights to welcome players back no matter the time of day.

Powering the big kick-off on 29 March, Game On’s three funding streams will ensure England’s football community is in the best possible shape to start playing the national game again. One of the three funds is being specifically targeted at those whose participation was most badly affected by the health crisis.

Prior to the second national lockdown, disability team affiliations were down by 29% when compared against the same time last season; there were also steep declines in participation among walking footballers and players in the country’s most deprived areas.

The ‘Return to Football Fund’ delivered by the Football Foundation in partnership with The FA, and made possible with Sport England funding from the National Lottery, will target £2.1m at supporting people in low participation groups to start playing again. It will also fund initiatives aimed at bringing new players into the game and cover the cost of adapting to COVID-19 rules.

Today, the Football Foundation is urging community football to clubs to come forward and apply for the three funds to make sure that football hits the ground running at the end of March.

Three New Funds for One Big Kick-Off:

Return to Football Fund

£2.1m targeted to support clubs in the highest areas of deprivation in England, disability football and groups underrepresented in football, including women and girls, to support the return to football or activities aimed at bringing new players to the game. The Foundation has identified the groups most affected by the lockdown, where participation in football has decreased the most, and will seek to target funding towards them.

Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund

A £14m fund opening on 15 March will provide six year tapered grants to improve the quality of grass pitches. Thousands of football matches are cancelled every year because of problems with grass pitches and these grants form a key part of the Foundation’s overall Grass Pitch Programme which hopes to improve at least 5000 pitches by June 2024.

Small Grants

A fund to help clubs pay for essential equipment and machinery they need to start playing again. Clubs can apply for up to £25k to refurbish their changing rooms, pay for grass pitch drainage, new goalposts, pitch maintenance equipment and portable floodlights.

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Masters commented: “There is huge excitement across the country ahead of the return of grassroots football at the end of the month. The game provides so many benefits for people of all ages and brings communities together which is now more vital than ever. The launch of these three funds will provide targeted support for clubs across the country with a range of grants designed to ensure a safe return of the grassroots game.”

“We are so looking forward to the safe return of grassroots football from 29 March and will do all we can to support clubs up and down the country to get back to normal after what has been an unprecedented year of challenges. Grassroots football has a hugely positive impact by bringing communities together and improving the health of the nation. These new funds will provide crucial financial support to clubs and leagues, helping them to get the game we love up and running again.”

FA Chief Executive, Mark Bullingham

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