Through these distressing times and times of uncertainty we are providing advice, guidance and support to individuals and organisations involved in the provision and participation of community cultural arts, sport and events activities.
Support, guidance and sign posting is available to anyone in East Lindsey who wishes to get in contact. Guidance includes up to date advice from relevant national organisations including:
- Arts Council England
- National Governing Bodies
- Sport England
- Safety Advisory Groups
Team members are available to provide ongoing support remotely via phone and video call.
Anyone representing a community venue, club or organisation is encouraged to get in touch and/or advise anyone who may require assistance. To arrange a call please email us using the email address below:
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The Magna Vitae Team
NOTE: This programme is brought to you with the support of East Lindsey District Council and Arts Council England. It is also subject to additional COVID-19 requirements which may result in us having to move resource in response to need.
Active Lincolnshire have put together a short survey to help evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on Lincolnshire clubs, groups and organisations and to assist us in enabling access to the right support during and following this challenging time. The survey should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete, and they would really appreciate you taking the time to fill it in to contribute to the county wide picture during these challenging times.
Sport England – Club Matters
Sport England knows this has been a very difficult time for sports clubs and organisations all over England. The restrictions that were put in place to combat coronavirus (Covid-19) have had an immediate and profound impact on how you can operate, and for many clubs have also caused a significant financial challenge. Sport England, are doing all they can to help you through this period. At the end of March, they introduced a £195 million package of both exchequer and National Lottery funding to help sport and physical activity, and recently increased this to £210m thanks to a £15m top up of our Community Emergency Fund. The Club Matters website also has a host of practical tips and resources to support you.
On Sunday, the Prime Minister set out some changes regarding the lockdown that impact the way they can engage with sport and physical activity again. I know this can be confusing, so they set out what this means in practical terms for clubs and their members.
From Wednesday 13 May, people will be able to:
• Spend more time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking or sunbathing
• Meet one other person from a different household outdoors, as long as they follow social distancing guidelines and stay a minimum of two metres apart
• Exercise outdoors as often as they wish, again following social distancing guidelines
• Use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or a golf course. This can be done with members of their own household, or one other person as long as they stay two metres apart.
However, people will still be unable to:
• Visit friends and family in their homes
• Exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
• Use an outdoor gym or playground
• Visit a private or ticketed attraction
• Gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of their own household), except for a few specific exceptions such as funerals, house moves or in emergencies.
These changes represent significant steps forward for many sports and activities and it will be great to see sports like golf, tennis and watersports resume in some form. Yet, while many of us will be desperate to get going again, it’s vital all organisations thoroughly understand the guidelines and create detailed and robust plans before they restart. For example, it will not be possible for you to open up any indoor sport facilities or use your clubhouse for social purposes. It’s also important you communicate with your members so they clearly understand what they can and can’t do and are reassured that a return to sport will be as safe as possible.
Moving forward, Sport England continue to work closely with the government to ensure the needs of community sport are considered throughout this process and will work hard to ensure you always have the latest information and correct interpretation of the restrictions.
In the meantime, please keep up to date with developments via your national governing body, the Sport England website and our social media channels.
Sport England’s website has a dedicated coronavirus section that lists all the resources they have available and includes a detailed Q&A that explains the new regulations in more detail.
This will be updated with more information in the days to come. You’ll also be able to read more about the funding we offer, including the Community Emergency Fund that has already helped support thousands of clubs and organisations.
As you can imagine, this fund has been heavily oversubscribed and will be paused at 11.59pm on Thursday 14 May to enable our assessors to process the remaining applications as quickly as possible and consider the impact the fund has had so far. Please submit your application before then if you require emergency funding at this time.