Coronavirus: key advice and support for clubs

Tuesday 14th April 2020

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Coronavirus – club support Update One (March 30)

scottishathletics are keen to offer as much help and guidance as we can during the coronavirus crisis.

Since our first club update in March, the landscape has continued to change regularly and dramatically. Hopefully, at this point you and your families are settled into a slightly different way of living and working for the time being.

There is a lot of information available for clubs leaders at the moment and understand all the content may not be relevant for all clubs.

We have supplied links where possible to cut down on the text and the information should be stored elsewhere on the website for reference, too.

Coronavirus – club support Update Two 

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs)

There are now over 45 athletics clubs in Scotland that have SCIO status.

The charity regulator, OSCR, have published web guidance for charities that all SCIO’s should review. The guidance can be viewed online


Human Resource support service

scottishathletics, working in partnership with Scottish Gymnastics, have joined forces with French Duncan to provide Human Resources advice and guidance to our member clubs. This further enhances our external support services for clubs adding to the partnerships with Club Development Scotland and BDO.

As part of this partnership, our members will benefit from a resource and document portal, information hub and a telephone helpline service.

Further details can be viewed online


Coronavirus Information Hubs 

sportscotland have created an information hub at the following link which provides guidance, advice and useful links for:

*Organisations employing staff or engaging services (e.g. coaching):  Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme;  Statutory sick pay relief for small businesses; Self-employment income support scheme

*Organisations with a facility: Non-domestic rates relief; Water bills, Rent and other utilities; Guidance note for sports facility owners and operators; Grant to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses; Grants to small businesses

*Organisations with an existing grant from sportscotland or other funders

*Organisations in need of an emergency grant or loan

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has also created a very useful hub for the third sector that can be viewed online.


Clubs employing staff or engaging services


Any club employing staff who is struggling to meet their employer’s PAYE/NIC commitment should contact the HMRC Covid-19 time to pay helpline (0800 0159 559) to seek a deferral arrangement.

Evidence of financial hardship will be needed. If you need support with this, please contact your National Club Manager who will put you in contact with our partners at BDO.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme The Self-employment Income Support Scheme has been setup to support self-employed people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

This information will be useful for any coaches that have been engaged by clubs on a self-employed basis.

Full details of the scheme and information on how to make a claim can be viewed online



Third Sector Resilience Fund The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.

Full details can be accessed by clicking here.

Webinars on the Third Sector Resilience Fund are being delivered over the next week. You can register online


Funding Directories

SCVO provide a very useful funding directory that can be accessed online

Foundation Scotland offers a diverse range of funding programmes for organisations working to benefit a range of communities across Scotland.

Read more online


Key advice on nutrition and wellbeing

scottishathletics are always keen to help try and keep athletes, coaches and parents educated around issues such as nutrition and mental wellbeing.

These areas are now more important than ever given the huge changes to our lives to adapt and adjust to the lockdown guidelines brought in to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Working in partnership with the sportscotland institute of sport experts, we’re pleased now to share a couple of key documents which cover the key points to remember.

Further information and the documents themselves can be viewed online


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