Emergency funding support for local sports sector

A group of teenage women playing in a volleyball match in a school gymnasium. One girl is jumping up to spike the ball.

Coronavirus is having an impact on every part of life, and the physical activity and sports industry – locally and nationally – is no exception.

Sport England has announced a support package of up to £195 million to help the community sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing crisis, in addition to existing government support.

The package includes:

  • A new £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is open now for local club and community organisations to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000
  • A new £5 million fund for existing Sport England partners facing specific and immediate financial difficulty
  • £55 million set aside to support the sector during the ongoing period of restrictions; to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and then, when it is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment. 

Liverpool City Council is urging the city’s community sports clubs and physical activity providers to consider applying for the emergency funding if they meet the criteria, and to request support, if needed, from the council regarding applications to the innovation fund.

Groups needing help and support with the with application process, they can email the council’s Physical Activity and Sport Development team on: PASDev@liverpool.gov.uk

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member responsible for sport and physical activity, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We welcome Sport England’s funding announcement, and this financial support will be a real lifeline for our grassroots, physical activity organisations.

“The impact of this pandemic is having a detrimental effect on all aspects of society, but we will get through this and when it’s all over we want all our organisations to have the ability to continue to provide much needed physical activities.

“I would like to encourage all our eligible sports clubs and groups to apply for this funding and to not hesitate to ask for help from us with the application process.”

For full details of the support packages available, please click here.