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ActiveWestminster Sports Club Newsletter – 12th May, 2020

During these difficult times we continue to support clubs and organisations based in Westminster by highlighting some of the news, tips and opportunities available through partner organisations in our newsletter for sports clubs and organisations.

Owning to the fast-paced nature of the current situation, this month we will be sending out two newsletters. Each edition will be packed full of informative updates on new and existing support programmes, including funding packages, grants and other resources to help you through COVID-19.

This week, we’ve put together an ensemble of the latest news updates and tips to help you #StayInWorkOut, as well as some handy information on opportunities accessible to sports clubs and community organisations during this difficult time.

Featured Update: Ashley McKenzie Aims to Raise £5,000 for Local Club and Hospital

As you may know, one of the athletes we support via our Champions of the Future scheme is Ashley McKenzie,Team GB’s No.1 judoka at 60kg.

Ashley grew-up and went to school in Queen’s Park and still supports the local community by undertaking school visits to talk about the many challenges he had to overcome before he could achieve his dream. 

This year would have seen Ashley participate in his third Olympics representing Great Britain but due to the COVID-19 crisis this is now on hold.

Along with his judo team mates, Ashley is raising money for the Camberley Judo club where they train and the Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is of particular importance to Ashley as it is where he underwent the open-heart surgery as as a child that saved his life.

Ashley’s aim is to raise £5,000 by running 10k per day for 10 days. Full details of the challenge and how you can support are available here.

Title graphic reads: The community contribution fund COVID-19 grant scheme

City of Westminster Charitable Trust COVID-19 Grant Scheme

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Westminster Charitable Trust has launched a new grant scheme through the Community Contribution Fund.

The scheme exists to support local voluntary and community organisations that are providing essential services to the most vulnerable groups of people during this crisis.

Organisations could be eligible to receive a grant of up to £15,000 if they are providing extra support to rough sleepers, supporting young people or helping people suffering from social isolation or loneliness during the national effort to reduce transmission.

Applications for the scheme are now open and will be assessed on a rolling basis. Find out more & apply here

Club Matters Virtual Workshops

Club Matters are delighted to be able to offer their suite of workshops adapted for delivery online.

Online workshops will run for a maximum of 2 hours and require a minimum and maximum of four and twelve delegates respectively. This number should include a minimum of 2 different clubs.

These online virtual workshops can be requested by filling out a request form and will be available until the end of June 2020 and they are continually reviewing the offer in light of COVID-19.

Additionally, there are three open workshops available to clubs and volunteers. Details can be found below:

  • Planning for Your Future
    Wednesday 17th June 2020
    1 – 3pm
  • Introduction to Legal Structures
    Friday 12th June 2020
    1 – 3pm
  • Leadership Teams
    Thursday 18th June 2020
    6.30 – 8.30pm  

Access to these free workshops are available by booking online here, with further open workshops being organised should the demand exist.

Fill out the request form for online workshops here.

Title graphic reads: Join the Movement # stay in work out

Join the Movement with Sport England

Sport England invite you to ‘Join the Movement’ by being active, in support their new campaign, which has been launched across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Search #StayInWorkOut on social media platforms to find inspiration and trusted information about how to get active in and around the home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get involved by contributing to and sharing posts across your channels to support members of your clubs, friends and family to stay active at home.

Find out more and get ideas on how to join in here.

Sport England Launches £195 Million Support Fund

As part of their dedicated support, the Sport and Recreation Alliance are keen to highlight that Sport England has announced a £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will help Sport England partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic. The package consists of four elements:

£20 million Community Emergency Fund
Now open for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants awarded are between £300 and £10,000.

£5 million Sector Partner Fund
Support for existing partners to bid into if they’re facing specific financial difficulty.

£55 million Sector Stimulation
To fund new and innovative ways to keep people active during the period of COVID-19 restrictions and to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment once restrictions are lifted.

£115 million funding rollover
An extension 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.

Read more, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, here.

Get Support for Live Streaming

Some of you may be looking to provide online content for your participants, but may be unsure of how to get started. London Sport have highlighted an easy to follow guide by imin to help you get started. Access the guide here.

Stay Active with 10 Today Audio Exercise Routines

Easy to follow, 10-minute daily home workouts are now available to listen live via BBC Radio 5 Live and on-demand via the 10 Today website and BBC Sounds. Each of the audio routines have been designed to help older members of the community stay active at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out more here.

Learn to Process Emotions in Times of Uncertainty

Times of uncertainty can play havoc with your emotion. Swim England sport psychologists Hannah Stoyel and Helen Davis have put together a video to help understand how to identify and process emotions effectively and increase wellbeing. View the video here.

London Sport Support Planning for the Future of Activity

London Sport’s consultancy service is offering you the opportunity to commission bespoke project work to get Londoners moving. During the COVID-19 outbreak they’re continuing work on existing projects as well as exploring new briefs.

Across their key areas of insight, funding and digital marketing, they work to deliver high quality projects remotely using their expertise and online tools. Find out more here.

Extended Deadline for The Healthy Communities Together Funding Programme

The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund are committed to delivering the Healthy Communities Together programme.

However, due to the current situation with COVID-19, they have decided to allow additional time and extend the deadline for the submission of expressions of interest. Find out more here.

That’s all for this weeks newsletter, but before signing off, we would like to advise you that while working from home, Ian Bannister, Relationship Officer – Sport, is keen to offer support while available for ActiveWestminster Mark re-accreditation. This includes providing clubs with support documentation and reviewing applications. Start dates of the newly renewed accreditation will then begin from the time current restrictions are lifted.

If you would like to find out further information about the ActiveWestminster Mark or the sports clubs and organisations newsletter, including being added to the mailing list, please get in touch with Ian Bannister at:

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