We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic is a worrying time for all, its putting the livelihoods and passion of many deliverers in doubt. We’re committed to helping to support the coaches, leaders, volunteers and organisations who make sport and activity happen across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. We’re in this together and we’ll work to ensure the sector comes out of this in as strong a position as possible.
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge financial impact across society including the sport and activity sector. There are a number of funds and grants that have already been announced, with new opportunities frequently being released.
With so much information to sift through, we’re compiled a log of the funds and grants we think are most relevant to deliverers, clubs and physical activity organisations in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Some can help with lost income, and some might help with new ideas of how you can evolve your business. We’ll aim to keep this information as up to date as possible, and will also be updating our funding search and sharing updates on our social media channels.
Support for clubs and organisations through Coronavirus
Clubs and organisations all over the country are experiencing lots of challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. Club Matters is here to help by giving you some tips, tools and ideas to help keep your club functioning and working with your members and customers! Click here for more information on Club Matters
We recognise that it’s hard to keep up with what you can do within your sport, and in what space. Our friends at Sport England have summarised the key information here. They have also produced a useful Autumn and Winter toolkit to help you plan, adjust and restart delivery when you are ready and able too.
If you’re self employed, or work predominantly on your own this could feel an even lonelier time. That’s why we think its super important to connect with others and have conversations at this time. If you work on a specific project with us here at Leap then contact your usual member of the team. Click here for contact details for the Leap team.
Want a wider conversation? Any coaches, deliverers, instructors, volunteers, tutors who want to have a chat about all things coaching then get in touch with our workforce lead Shay Fenlon. Click here to make contact with Shay.
In his words, “We can Skype, Whatsapp, call, email, FaceTime, Tweet…Whatever works for you.”
You can also keep up to date with our latest announcements and news by following us on social media.
Let’s be flexible
Its a word that’s been used a lot, but we are in unprecedented times, and here at Leap we want to reassure you that if you work with us on a project or we commission you to deliver – we’re flexible. We know that services can’t be delivered as usual so, just like our national partner Sport England, we’re happy to be flexible around KPIs, targets and conditions. We don’t want arrangements you have with us to be an added stress during an already pressured situation.
Your best first step, is to get in touch with the member of the Leap team who is your main contact for your project. They can talk through options with you. Click here to for the Leap team contact details.
Thinking about offering digital sessions?
With social distancing measures in place we know that the majority of sport, fitness and exercise sessions can’t run as they usually would. There have been a flurry of providers offering digital pre-recorded or live sessions as a solution, but it can be pretty daunting if that’s a completely new world to you.
Our friends at London Sport have arranged a webinar with The Digiterati Academy offering advice on transferring your activity sessions online. Click here to view a recording of the webinar on transferring your activity sessions online.
Want support promoting online sessions you’re already arranged or plan to set up? Our friends at ‘Active in the Community’ have created an online class timetable of sessions delivered by Bucks-based instructors that they are promoting far and wide. You can click here to view the timetable.
Guidance on remote teaching and coaching
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) have developed guidance on safeguarding in remote teaching and coaching.
Click here for the CPSU guidance on remote teaching and coaching.
Looking for up to date advice on how to safeguard children and adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
We’ve collated a selection of guidance and advice from lead organisations in safeguarding and child protection. These resources will help you adapt your policies and procedures during this unprecedented time. Click here for up to date information on safeguarding and child protection during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Invest in you
We’re all spending more time at home than usual so you might find that you have some time on your hands. If you want to use some of that time to develop your learning and knowledge there are some online options to help.
We believe it’s important we continue to offer minimum standards workshops during this time to support the local workforce, so we’ve got two online safeguarding and protecting children workshops coming up.
Alongside that we’ve worked with our fantastic tutors to develop some new and exciting online workshops to help you think differently. Click here to take a look at our online workshops.
COVID-19 is a challenge for deliverers but UK Coaching have created a treasure trove of coaching podcasts, guides, articles, videos and webinars to help you gather knowledge and grow your skills. Click here for UK Coaching resources
ReActivate is a free, online training platform, designed to equip anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector in England with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return to work or restart their coaching activity, as we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. Click for more information on ReActivate
Looking for something less formal? This period might offer some time to apply for funding or develop ideas for new projects. Click here to view our funding search.
Your business might be helping others get and stay active, but we all need some added motivation, or new ideas at times. So don’t forget to invest in your movement to protect and benefit your physical and mental health. Stuck for ideas? Click here for ideas to help keep you moving.
Don’t feel pressured to copy others
Over the last few weeks social media and the internet has exploded with ideas and content as people diversify what they do. Try to resist the temptation to feel like you should be doing what x, y, or z person is doing – we’re all different so try and find what feels right for you.