Club Support Fund

Our Club Support Fund aims to provide financial assistance for the athletics and running community.

Through four separate funding rounds in 2021 and into 2022, we will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 to those affiliated clubs and member bodies most in need of support. Each round will be themed and there will be a set period for clubs and member bodies to submit their applications for funding:

Round Theme Opens Closes
1 Overcoming the impact of COVID-19 CLOSED CLOSED
2 Preparing for the outdoor track season 1 Mar 2021 23 April 2021
3 Improvements to the training environment 25 Jul 2021 6 Sep 2021
4 Member engagement, recruitment, and retention 3 Dec 2021 14 Jan 2022

 

Clubs and member bodies can apply for funding in more than one round, however, priority will be given to those applicants who have not received grants previously through the Club Support Fund.

Alongside the launch of Round 2, we are also pleased to announce a new Facilities Improvement Fund – see below – aimed at making small scale improvements to track and field facilities across the country.

Club Support Fund: Round 2 – how to apply

We are delighted to launch Round 2 on 1 March as we look forward to the start of the new outdoor season. This additional funding opportunity coincides with the welcome news from the UK Government that organised outdoor sport can return from 29 March onwards.

After the success of Round 1, which was themed around the impact of COVID-19, Round 2 focuses on providing grants which will help the sport make a dynamic return to our domestic season and deliver high-quality local competition.

Facilities Improvement Fund – how to apply

The application window for the Facilities Improvement Fund is the same as Round 2 of the Club Support Fund, meaning it opens on 1 March and closes on 23 April.

Further support

For further information or to discuss an application please email clubsupport@englandathletics.org

Response to Round 1 of our Club Support Fund

Round 1, which closed in February, saw us awarding grants totalling £45,000 to more than 100 affiliated clubs and member bodies.

Read on for some reaction below from athletics and running clubs and member bodies which were successful in Round 1:

The Serpentine Club:

“Thank you. This is great news. It’s the first COVID-19 grant the club has received. It means a lot to us that England Athletics is supporting us during this period.”

Marshall Milton Keynes AC:

“All of us here are very grateful for the grant of £500 from England Athletics Support Fund. These are incredibly difficult times for everyone, but we are sure, like many athletics clubs up and down the country, of how important it is for our members to train at our facilities when lockdown restrictions permit, both for their physical and mental well-being. Having some financial support from England Athletics has helped us to provide the appropriate sanitary equipment and supplies to make sure our members can train safely. Thank you England Athletics.”

New Forest Runners:

“On behalf of us all, may I thank England Athletics for this award. I think the most difficult time for the club will be the next six months, and this award helps. The last year has been one of the toughest in the club’s thirty year history. All our planned events, activities and races have had to be postponed or adapted to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Some members, both seniors and juniors, have let their membership lapse, more have disengaged from the club. Coaches and leaders have been kicking their heels waiting for an opportunity to get more involved in club life again. Yet during lockdown we have seen more people out running than ever before. Being able to exercise once a day seemed to inspire families to give running a try.”

BRJ Run and Tri:

“We have been thinking of how to get up and running when restrictions are eased. England Athletics Club Support Grant provides a chance for the club to welcome everyone back to running, meet old friends and make new ones. The grant will fund a weekend Festival of Running. When the time is right, we will welcome everyone with a range of running activities and workshops. A chance to have fun, catch up and eat cake. For many, running has helped to get through some difficult months. Our Festival of Running will able us to bring the joy of running together back to our community.”

Paddock Wood AC:

“Small clubs such as ours with modest income and a training track which needs regular maintenance find the current restrictions on organised sport and the associated reduction of income quite trying, financially. The support that England Athletics offers us with this grant is most welcome and indeed, vital.”

Bishop’s Stortford:

“Many thanks for this. We are delighted that the club has been awarded the grant. It will help us put more coaches through England Athletics training courses to support our members, and also our upcoming beginner’s course which is very popular in Bishop’s Stortford, and a way of helping our community to be more active.”

Bideford AAC:

“Once out of Lockdown three the grant received from England Athletics will allow our junior training sessions to restart. Due to COVID-19 it has not been possible for training to take place in the usual outdoor public places. The grant will ensure we can pay for hire facilities from our local college to ensure sessions take place in a safe and secure way. Thank you, England Athletics.”

Swinton RC:

“Many thanks for giving our application for Club Support Funding due consideration and providing for us the full grant of £500. On behalf of my fellow committee members and clubmates we are truly grateful for this award. The pandemic has obviously changed our lives in many ways, although some elite sports have continued, grassroots sport has suffered badly and this has had a negative impact on peoples’ physical and mental wellbeing, After the initial lockdown, we, as a club took the decision to offer training to our members who wanted to become Run Leaders, the rationale was that when the club reopened in a COVID-19 secure setting, we could offer a better Leader/Runner ratio than we could previously. Although the club funds were somewhat depleted because of the cost involved, the strategy has really paid off. We now have a healthy number of Run Leaders, not only covering runs for our existing membership but putting us in a good position to welcome new members in readiness for the relaxation of lockdown. Looking ahead, we will be encouraging the Run Leaders to consider undertaking further coaching training to carry the club forward in the future.”

Hartlepool AC:

“The England Athletics Club Support Fund has been such an incredible help for our club development during what has been a difficult 12 months. The financial support has helped us retain volunteers as coaches and set them on their England Athletics coaching journey by undertaking coaching assistant and leadership in running qualifications. The fund has also allowed us to purchase equipment so that our training environment can stay COVID-19 secure for our members.”

Camberley & District AC:

“We are delighted to receive a grant from the England Athletics Club Support Fund. We have been unable to access our normal training track since March 2020 and this has paid for extra lighting for the playing field we have been using, meaning that more of our members can train safely.”

Wolves & Bilston AC:

“On behalf of the club I would like to thank England Athletics for the £500 grant which is towards the new floodlights project for training on grass at another training venue the Fordhouses cricket club in Wolverhampton. Work has already started and when finished, and restrictions are eased, we can look at getting some details to you on how the funding has made a difference to the athletes club and community in Wolverhampton.”

Queens Park Harriers:

“The support of England Athletics has been critical for our club’s activities in an incredibly challenging time. The grant funds will enable us to provide an inclusive, vibrant and a safe environment for our running club members.”

Hurricane Striders:

“England Athletics has made the Club Support Funding system so simple. The process from application to acceptance is simple, clear and concise. Keeping the administration burden so low, really helps small clubs like ours.”

Epsom & Ewell Harriers:

“We would like to thank England Athletics Club Support Fund for their assistance towards our increasing expenses in these unprecedented times i.e. volunteer training costs, sanitisation costs and a new admin system to manage non-cash payments. To know that England Athletics is here to help is fantastic. Thank you!”