Sport Wales held our first virtual Board meeting last week which, thanks to GoToMeeting technology, seemed to go smoothly. It was an opportunity for Board to look in more detail at the impact coronavirus is having on all areas of our work and the measures we have already put in place as well as those we are currently developing to support the sector. We have decided to establish a group from the Board to look at the longer-term impact on the Sport Wales strategy and take evidence from the impact on the sector, to make recommendations to the next Board mid-June. In the meantime, the ERF and SRF funds are being respectively deployed and developed urgently (see below).
Emergency Relief Fund (ERF)
With around 10% of Wales’ sport clubs applying to the Fund, the first set of 116 applications have now been processed. Details include:
A total of 68 clubs supported through the Fund are being provided with £163,196 in the first batch if approved application.
· Funding for clubs covering 18 different sports
· Support for three clubs to help with damage caused by winter floods
· Fourteen applications have been deferred as they await more information on other Government funding.
384 applications have been received. Thank you for responding so quickly in making your recommendations and providing us with additional information.
Clubs approved for funding should receive the actual sums within days. Timescales from application to decision are currently within 10 working days, unless more information is required or the club is awaiting confirmation of other funding sources.
The next round of decisions is scheduled for Tuesday 28th April, with clubs informed of decisions in the following days.
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There are some applications that have been rejected on the grounds that they do not require emergency funding now and are instead outlining their needs when they are able to start preparing for restarting their activity once restrictions have been amended or lifted. This information is helping us begin to shape criteria for elements of the Sport Resilience Fund.
Sport Resilience Fund (SRF)
The SRF continues to move at pace and is on track to launch following the ERF. The last week has seen further engagement including with a SRF stakeholder engagement group which includes representatives from across the sector. The group discussed and agreed key programme drivers through a Theory of Change and reinforced that 'we are all in this together' and 'collaboration will be critical'. They also welcomed the positive impact of the flexible approach to current funding.
The fund will support a wide range of organisations from annually funded core partners (LAs, NGBs and other national partners); to other partners in the supply chain (i.e. community leisure trusts); through to clubs and organisations working within our communities.
The sector engagement group will meet regularly over the coming weeks. We are also working closely with other national organisations such as WSA & WCVA to ensure that we prevent duplication and maximise the opportunities for sport. If you have any questions, comments, or queries then please contact Tom.firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Sport & Activity Programme (CSAP)
I wanted to update you with where we are with the roll out of the programme to create Sport Partnerships across the rest of Wales. We are aware that, quite rightly at this time, relevant partner organisations are turning their attention to the immediate challenges being presented by Covid-19. It has been agreed by the Sport Wales Board to reschedule the current timelines for the next stage of the work for the rest of Wales to a time that is determined by the Covid-19 situation. Some of the work planned to formally create a Sport Partnership in North Wales will continue based on the capacity of the partners involved to be able to move this forward. Should you have any queries, then please contact Sue.Maughan@sport.wales
UK Coaching, Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop goes online
These new online workshops are a great opportunity for Welsh partners. Delegates will be part of an interactive, live classroom led by experienced UK Coaching tutors who will take attendees through the workshop. Delegates will be required to participate fully throughout the session using interactive tools and resources provided.
If you haven’t done so already then please promote the open workshops advertised on the UK Coaching website and encourage members/customers to book online for a fee of £30.00 which includes the eBook resource.
If you wish to run a closed workshop for your Members/Customers then please contact Sarah Barry on email@example.com who will email you the UK Coaching booking form. The workshop has a one-off fee of £230, which includes an eBook resource for each learner and the tutor fee. In order to run a group workshop, you would need a group of between 4 and 12 individuals. It is up to you whether you run the workshops for free for your members or charge to help cover costs.
NGB and Sport Wales Communications colleagues met virtually Monday morning to check in with one another and to offer support. The group performed a brief SWOT analysis of the campaign’s progress so far and highlighted areas of work to explore further. After reflecting on initial learning from the first four weeks since launch, suggestions were made around practical support that would help everyone to deliver the campaign’s objectives. Colleagues recognised the benefits of working collaboratively and are keen to continue to do so during the next stage of the pandemic. If your organisation is interested in being a part of the campaign – please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
We will shortly be advertising for a 12 month maternity cover Social Media role as Rachel Argyle is about to start her maternity leave. Our digital channels are becoming more important than ever at the moment and if you know of any Welsh speaking social media experts, ideally with a sport interest, looking for a job please direct them towards the website for more information.
Whilst we all need to continue to adhere to the current Welsh Government Guidance on Social Distancing and Exercise, the fact that there has also been an announcement on the Framework to Lead Wales out of the Pandemic means that more thought is being given to how the sector might be able to respond to any future positive changes in restrictions. There is a Government meeting on Thursday afternoon with CEOs from public bodies across the cultural and sport sector that will start to explore this further.
While I’ve tried to provide as much relevant information as I can, if you have any questions or would like updates on anything not covered here please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com and we’ll get back you as soon as we can.
Thank you for your support