Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Support for the Sector

Hello from all of us at Get Doncaster Moving

We are here for you and your organisation/ group/ club if you need us at this challenging time. Please feel free to get in touch if we can offer you any support.

You may have seen information on lots of different support packages and grants, and it may be a little overwhelming.

We appreciate that organisations/ groups/ clubs are different shapes and sizes financially, with different income streams and expenses. Some may be able to stop their costs and wait this out; others may be suffering with loss of income and may still have rent to pay.

We are always updating the help and advice available, and have chosen a few things to share that we hope you will find useful.

Coronavirus: what happens next?

UPDATE 5.1.2021: The government has confirmed changes to what's allowed in relation to sport and physical activity as part of the next phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sports and physical activity

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

Exercising and meeting other people

You should minimise time spent outside your home. It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

For further details, please see the Doncaster Council page.



Our Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It's specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.
The types of things we may fund include:

• Rent
• Utility costs
• Insurances
• Facility or equipment hire
• Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
• Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.


HMRC will pay employers a grant worth 80% of an employee's usual wage costs, up to £2,500 a month. All UK employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020, will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees' salary.


Will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.


Support voluntary, community and faith sector organisations that are working to ease the immediate difficulties communities are facing, to support their recovery in the coming weeks and months. Priority will be given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated including: Older people; People with disabilities; People with mental health needs; People on low income; Families with young children.


Provide financial support for smaller groups, who may not be eligible for other funding streams, to make a positive impact in their community. Each Elected Member has an allocation of £3k and will be working closely with local groups to ensure resources are targeted at those most vulnerable in our communities in a safe and responsible way. Key areas include tackling social isolation, supporting statutory services to enable them to focus on and deliver essential services and creative ideas around the five ways to well-being to keep people (or get) people connected.


We have adapted the Active Communities Grants to include applications which encourage residents and communities to stay active in their homes.


This funding is available for constituted grassroots sports clubs and community groups who are looking to train up volunteers or looking to create a new club/team with the aim to increase physical activity and sports participation across Doncaster.


Lawn Tennis Association- £20m funding for Tennis clubs and venues.

England and Wales Cricket Board- £20 loans available to grassroots Cricket clubs.

Rugby Football League- Loans available between £2000 and £10,000 for amateur Rugby League clubs.

England Boxing- Club donation page.

Current Guidelines

Following the latest guidance set out by government:
Groups of up to six can now exercise outside
Main thing to remember is to follow social distancing guidelines (staying 2 meters apart) when you do.

For more information: