In these uncertain times for sport and physical activity providers, it's important to keep up to date on the latest information:
As of the 12th of April , some restrictions have eased in Calderdale and for the whole of England as part of the National Roadmap.
Some of the changes from the 12th of April have specific implications for sport and physical activity providers:
- All outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools can reopen.
- Indoor facilities such as leisure centres, gyms and indoor swimming pools can now open for adult individual/same household activities – no group sessions are allowed.
- Organised outdoor sport and physical activity for adults and children can return and legal gathering limits don’t apply.
- Informal sport and physical activity is not covered by any exemptions and will have to follow the legal gathering limits for outdoors allowing mixing with people from one other household, or within the rule of 6, as long as we continue to stay 2 metres away from people we don’t live with.
The reason that outdoor activity is now allowed is that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is lower outside. We are still advising people to avoid crowded places, even if they are outside.
It is vital that any clubs or sessions that resume, do so in ways that minimise risk of transmission. For the full detail on returning to play safely, see the Sport England website.
For specific questions, the best source of information on your specific sport or activity will be from your National Governing Body - be sure to check their website for guidance as well as Calderdale Council, Sport England and the Government website.
If you don't see the answer to your questions on any of these or from your National Governing Body, please email ActiveCalderdale@calderdale.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Information and financial support for sports clubs
The Community Foundation for Calderdale, in collaboration with Made by Sport, are offering the #ClubsInCrisis fund. The fund is open to sports clubs or organisations working within the sport for development sector (this includes any physical activity), which are able to demonstrate that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially, and which require funding to save, resume or adapt their activity. Apply for grants up to £3,000 on the #ClubsInCrisis fund application page.
In October, Sport England released their Return to Play Fund to offer financial support to groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease, with grants ranging from £300 to £50,000.
Brighouse Pool, Sowerby Bridge Pool and Todmorden Sports Centre reopened on Tuesday 13 April 2021. North Bridge Leisure Centre is due to reopen on Monday 17 May 2021 after the elections have finished.
Sessions are Gym or Swim only (depending on centre) or single family/bubble badminton sessions. These must all be pre-booked online prior to attending the centre for Track and Trace purposes. Please see the CMBC service updates page for more information.
Things you can do to enhance your offering
For Community Sports clubs, why not use this time to help forward plan by completing the Club Matters Club Improvement tool?
UK Coaching / CPSU are now providing Online Classrooms for Safeguarding and Protecting Children to enable coaches to access.
You could learn from your coaching peers, or pass on some knowledge with the Curious Coaches Club.
Check out some of the free lessons on leading sports and physical activity in all forms on the Yorkshire and Humber Learning Community Website.
Mind have produced this online course for mental health awareness for sport and physical activity.
Delivering Your Sessions Online
If you're interested in running an online session but aren't sure if Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, or others are the right fit, we've compiled some resources to help:
- London Sport has compiled a list of platforms you can use to host live online training sessions, tips for delivering classes online & the equipment you need. You can find the information on their dedicated webpage or you can watch the webinar.
- Imin has also created a guide to help activity providers of all shapes and sizes take their expertise online.
If you're thinking about delivering sessions online, or you're already delivering them, then please sign up to the Yorkshire Sport Foundation Activity Finder.
To make sure we're being of much help as we can be, we want to hear from as many clubs and providers in Calderdale as possible. If you have any questions, requests or ideas to share with us please email: firstname.lastname@example.org