The Herts Sports Partnership recognise that local sports clubs, through the efforts of their huge voluntary workforce, play a crucial part in making people in Hertfordshire more physically active and healthy while making communities better and safer places to live and work, and we continue to work hard to support them.

We estimate that there are at least 2,500 sports clubs in Hertfordshire and approximately 100,000 sports volunteers, which represents 12% of the adult population. We have taken the opinions of our clubs, their National Governing Bodies of Sport and Hertfordshire local authorities and have developed a club support offer that meets their needs.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support

We have outlined the current support available to help you get through this time.

 
Supporting the Sector

We’re making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package is made up of the following:

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they’re facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions 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 long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

Alongside this, given cashflow concerns in the sector, we’ve also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to our partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.

The package follows our recent decision to offer major flexibilities to those who currently receive funding – including the ability to change timings, key performance indicators, targets and conditions, and redirect money to new activity in response to coronavirus.

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Keeping the Nation Moving

Tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Join the Movement and use #StayInWorkOut to share how you’re getting active during this time.

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Coronavirus Financial Support – National Offer

This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

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Other Sources of Support
  • Business Support Line
  • HMRC Helpline
  • Growth Hubs
  • Find a Job Service
  • New technology challenge to support people who are isolating
  • Additional Support

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Funding applications through Funding4Sport

For all sports clubs, community groups and other not-for-profit sports organisations: it may feel counter-intuitive, but given the current circumstances now may actually be a good time to submit bids for external funding, to help overcome current difficulties, and to ensure that your club or organisation is in a good place to help the community return to normal life as and when the situation improves.

Although they do not provide sport funding, Funding4Sport offers free help and advice regarding sports funding applications, as well as looking over funding applications for free.

For further advice, please contact Richard Sutcliffe on info@funding4sport.co.uk.

Read the Funding4Sport statement

Club Matters

Clearly this is quite a worrying time for clubs and organisations who are having to pause their activity for an unknown period of time. Club Matters is currently working hard to bring some new resources to support you and clubs during this time. We are also planning to increase our communications and provide as much support as we can.

New resources that will be hosted on a new Coronavirus specific section of the Club Matters website include (Coming Soon):

  • Business continuity checklist.
  • Securing your premises checklist.
  • Financial support during the coronavirus pandemic – linking to SRA, SE and Government information.
  • How to be a virtual club.
  • Blogs on what clubs and organisations are doing during this time.

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Safeguarding

Please visit our safeguarding page which offers guidance and signposting to the following topics: Practical guidance, safeguarding & protecting children, safeguarding adults at risk, key messages for clubs & schools, parents in sport and reporting a concern.

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Funding

Please visit our funding page for more information, including how our partner Funding4Sport can help.

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Volunteering

Please visit our volunteering page for more information on how we can assist with the recruitment, training and deployment of volunteers.

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Member recruitment

We look to support clubs and organisations to recruit more participants with an emphasis on those groups that are known to have lower participation levels.

  • Women and Girls: We work closely with the Sport England ‘This Girl Can’ campaign. Courses and workshops advising how to recruit more Women and Girls are run each year as part of the ‘This Girl Can in Herts’ programme.
  • Disability activity: In conjunction with the English Federation for Disability Sport, the Herts Disability Sports Foundation works with sports clubs to help them recruit more members from these key audiences. Practical workshops for specific sports as well as generic courses and workshops are available to sports clubs to enhance what they offer participants with a range of disabilities.

Club Governance and Development

  • Club Matters: Club Matters is Sport England’s one stop shop for sports clubs and organisations that provides free, convenient and practical resources to help develop and run sustainable sports clubs. Herts Sports Partnership have been an ardent supporter of this national club support package running Club Matters workshops on Club Structures, Developing a Club Business Plan and Developing a Marketing Strategy.
  • Sport & Recreational Alliance (SRA): The SRA provide ‘8 Top Tips’ for a high standard of governance in grassroots sports clubs.
  • Sported: Sported work with sports clubs to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people and provide Mentors to help achieve this.
  • Clubmark: Herts Sports Partnership are Clubmark Licensed to provide Assessors to work with sports clubs whose National Governing Bodies do not offer a sport specific version of Clubmark. Please visit our Clubmark page for more information.

Courses and workshops

Please visit our courses and workshops page for more information on upcoming sessions.

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Facilities

The Herts Sports Partnership help sports clubs and sporting organisations to develop their own facilities and locate additional facilities at schools across the county.

District Sport Facility reviews: Herts Sports Partnership work with Hertfordshire local authorities to help them formulate their District Sport Facility reviews. Clubs and their National Governing Bodies are encouraged to provide input to these reviews.
School facilities: Herts Sports Partnership have developed a database of all Hertfordshire secondary schools, their sports facilities and the relevant Facility Manager contacts. Please contact us for more information about this list.