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 19 July 2021

Step 4 comes into play on the 19 July

The government’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions is made up of four steps, with Step 4 – which began on 19 July – now in force.

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 19 July. 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 relevant NGB’s in the coming days.


  • There are no set restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, indoors and outdoors
  • All forms of activities can take place without set restrictions. We advise you to refer to your national governing body’s (NGB’s) guidance where relevant
  • All sports facilities can open, including ancillary facilities. There are no indoor capacity limits, however, venues may put in place some restrictions and guidance for enclosed areas
  • Organised sport participation events such as (but not limited to) races, rides and organised walks can take place outdoors with no capacity caps for participants or spectators 
  • Government guidance for sport and physical activity will provide advice on how to reduce transmission when you’re exercising.

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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