Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall

Sport England (SE) are working with the Government to update their resources and provide support to the sport and physical activity sector in the response to coronavirus restrictions

Two men running in Winter through snow

Tim Hollingsworth, SE chief executive, believes we are in a challenging time for the sport and physical activity sector but says SE will do everything in their power to help. "The people, clubs and organisations who are the bedrock of sport and physical activity across England have shown incredible resilience and strength through this year as we've sought to keep active and play the sports we love," he explained.  "We all recognise the new restrictions are part of a much larger response required by the government because of the rise in infections, but they'll present a significant further challenge and there's no doubt there are difficult days ahead for many in our sector.  It's never been more widely understood how important keeping active is to our individual physical health and mental wellbeing, and how crucial being fit and healthy is in helping the fight back against this pandemic.  Its therefore vital we do everything we can to continue to support people to keep active within what's permitted. We've already several live funding packages available to help support grassroots clubs and organisations who've lost vital income this year and were working hard with officials in government to help make wider financial support available. We're also delivering important campaigns which highlight the benefit of being active within the restrictions either at home or outside and we'll ensure these resources reach as many as possible. There's still much that we can do to stay active, and it's notable that the importance of this was explicitly highlighted by the Prime Minister in recent announcements.  Our collective job now is to maximise what's possible and do everything we can to ensure that when this period of restriction ends, that sport is in the best place possible to return."

SE have a number of resources available on their website that can support partners and activity providers to help people stay active and please do contact us here at your local Active Partnership on info@activecornwall.org with any questions or concerns in your repose to Covid.

1. Join the Movement - Sport Englands latest campaign, funded by the National Lottery, helps people to find ways to get active as we deal with coronavirus restrictions. It offers simple, fun and free ways to get active, both indoors and outdoors, that people can enjoy safely.

2. Funding - Sport England have numerous live funding streams open for people and organisations who are struggling financially because of the pandemic as well as resources to support work that is helping people to stay active. Well explore further options this week to ensure we continue to offer every avenue of support possible.

3. Club Matters - This is Sport Englands hub for sports clubs and physical activity groups has a suite of toolkits, guides and case studies to help them through coronavirus and support them to help people to stay active.  

4. Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit - Sport England have published a toolkit of resources to help partners support people to be physically active as the nights get longer and the weather gets worse.