Boxing clubs invited to apply to Sport England’s Return to Play Fund

October 28, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny


England Boxing Member Clubs are being invited to apply for grants from Sport England’s newly-launched £16.5 million Return to Play Fund.

It follows on from the Community Emergency Fund and Tackling Inequalities Funds – that have already benefited many boxing clubs – giving additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund will particularly support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease.

Clubs who are based in areas with a high ‘Indices of Multiple Deprivation’ (with an IMD of 1-3) –  meaning they operate in some of the poorest communities in the country – are particularly encouraged to apply. Click here to check the IMD ranking for your club.

Clubs who have already received Community Emergency Fund and Tackling Inequalities Fund grants can reapply for Return to Play Fund support.

This latest funding is part of Sport England’s release of more than £220m of government and National Lottery money since the Pandemic started and is made up of three parts.

£10m – Return to Play: Small Grants

This will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to run in a COVID-19-safe environment.

It intends to help with challenges such as having to deliver in smaller groups, having the correct hygiene and safety equipment and giving training to club volunteers.

It also covers making necessary changes to facilities, supplying additional sports equipment and new signage to meet current government and national governing body rules and guidance.

£5m – Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

This will provide grants ranging in value from £10,001 to £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.

This will include helping groups, clubs and organisations address the challenges they’re facing by:

  • adapting how they use space and improving ventilation
  • converting existing space to meet social distancing requirements, such as additional changing space
  • making improvements to buildings or open spaces for temporary use to get more people active by using a vacant warehouse, shop or community centre.

£1.5m – Return to Play: Active Together

This crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis.

It is a great alternative if they don’t meet the priority groups of the other parts of the Return to Play package, and Sport England will match crowd funds of up to £10,000 to help cover the loss of income.

The partnership with Crowdfunder will also include advice, guidance and training to help create successful campaigns

Key application criteria

The Return to Play Fund will especially seek to support those groups and organisations working with audiences Sport England has identified as finding it more difficult to be active at this time.

These include:

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
  • people on lower incomes
  • those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the crisis
  • disabled people and people with long-term health conditions
  • those who are experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began.

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

If you are unsure about whether you should apply or the application process, please contact your regional Club Support Officer.