SPORT ENGLAND PARTNER CEO MESSAGE FROM TIM HOLLINGSWORTH, SPORT ENGLAND.

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:59

SPORT ENGLAND PARTNER CEO MESSAGE FROM TIM HOLLINGSWORTH, SPORT ENGLAND.

SPORT ENGLAND PARTNER CEO MESSAGE FROM TIM HOLLINGSWORTH, SPORT ENGLAND.

Dear Colleagues

I hope you and your family are well at this difficult time.

Following my communications last week, I am writing today to let you know some more detail of the action we are taking at Sport England specifically to support our partners, and the wider sport and physical activity sector now – so it can survive and thrive in the future.

Over the past few weeks, we have been focusing on listening to you and understanding the immediate, medium and potential long-term impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, to determine how Sport England can make the biggest difference, alongside and in addition to existing government support.

I am pleased to confirm that Sport England is today making a support package of up to £195 million available to help meet the needs of those responsible for the activity of the nation.

This package consists of:

  • 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 put aside to support the sector during an 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.
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England, and whose current funding agreements with Sport England run out in March 2021.

Alongside this we continue to reinforce the message of flexibility we have been communicating since the crisis unfolded for all organisations we currently fund. We are very mindful of the real pressures you are under and as trusted partners we want to help you as much as possible to manage them within existing resources.

Full details, including the application process for the new Community Emergency Fund are available here on our website now here.

We know that this is a time of great uncertainty, and that it is critical that you now understand what this package means for your organisation, and the practicalities of what you are now able to access. We know too that what we can provide is a long way still from what the sector as a whole needs, and we will continue as a matter or priority to engage with you on that and with Government so that every opportunity for support is maximised.

In the meantime, please do look at the information on our website and use the funding helpline on our web page or get in contact with your lead contact at Sport England to discuss any of the above in more detail.

With best wishes

Tim

Tim Hollingsworth
Chief Executive

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