Community sports groups face biggest challenges yet, as they prepare to reopen.

Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 16:23

Community sports groups face biggest challenges yet, as they prepare to reopen.

Sported unveils new research into the trials and tribulations experienced by groups during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research shows the challenges the groups have had to overcome, to survive the last year. Most importantly, it reveals that they now have a mountain to climb to get back to business as normal, as they re-open in the coming days.

Many groups have had little or no income from membership fees or subs and have had no staff able to apply for funding support for the best part of a year. Despite cashflow issues and concerns (41% of group leaders stated 'knowledge of funding opportunities' as their immediate support needs, at the beginning of 2021*), they are now preparing to swing open the doors to local young people, who may not have been socializing as normal for almost a year and, or, may be suffering from lack of mental wellbeing. At the beginning of 2021, the support needed around mental health had tripled since 2020*.

Pressure is on the exhausted group leaders to restart their groups and to navigate these issues, with reduced numbers of volunteers, additional government guidelines around social distancing and increased costs. These new challenges will be difficult to overcome, after a year of struggling to survive, which is why Sported is calling for essential support from the sector.

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