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National League System Update - 31 March

In this update:
- Announcement of Sport England Funding
- Updated (31/03) information regarding Government Financial Support

SPORT ENGLAND COMMUNITY FUND
Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The package includes the following which may be of interest to Clubs and Leagues :

• A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and£10,000 are available

• An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment

Clubs are advised to visit the website: https://www.sportengland.org/news/195-million-package-help-sport-and-physical-activity-through-coronavirus

The Community Emergency Fund has a limited resource and Sport England will be prioritising certain sectors and situations which Is outlined in the eligibility guidance on the website: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund.

GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The Government announced on March 20ththat it will pay 80% of the salary of staff who are kept on by their employer, covering wages of up to £2,500 a month. NLS clubs have a variety of different employees and we have been working with Government to understand how to access this programme for clubs. DCMS has told The FA that the Job Retention Scheme is designed tosupport the sports sector and that clubs should review the guidance and apply. We are in ongoing dialogue with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as well as HM Treasury for clarity on specific matters however the guidance released by Government will be of use to clubs
Below is information currently confirmed by the Treasury.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme UPDATED 31/03:
KEY FACTS:

• Employer grant of up to 80% of salary at a cap of £2500
• £2500 is to include all employment costs
• It can be backdated to March 1 however guidance indicates furloughing would be linked to suspension of work activityi.e. league suspension date
• Employees will need to have been employed on February 28
• Furlough means that an employee is on ‘leave of absence’ and so cannot work
• As this is an employer grant, the employee can be furloughed at more than one job and the £2500 applies to each employer
• Clubs furloughing 20 or more employees need to consider collective consultation regulations

Further guidance can be accessed here and clubs are strong encouraged to visit this website and assess if this applies to them: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Treasury support currently announced for businesses:
Clubs are asked to review the current Business Rate relief/grants as below:
• Grant funding of £25,000 is available for hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
• A12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England will be introduced.
• Government have defined Leisure or Assembly Facilities to include: sports grounds and clubs, sport and leisure facilities and clubhouses.

• The latest Government quidance on BR relief can be down loaded - click here.
Also, the Treasury has announced:
• Thegovtis bringing forward legislation to allow SMEs toreclaim statutory sick pay paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19
o Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible (further information to follow)
• Business Interruption Loan through the British Business Bank. We are aware of clubs having been declined and we are picking this up with DCMS to represent clubs to HMT. We will keep clubs informed.
• Clubs in financial distress with outstanding tax liabilities may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service
o Please call the dedicated helpline: 0800 0159 559 who can help with any tax deferrals and revised payback schedule
• Clubs that have insurance for both pandemics and government-ordered closure should be covered. However, the impact of government advice on mass gatherings in terms of insurance is yet to be confirmed
o Please check your individual insurance policy

Clubs are encouraged to visit the government’s support for businesses page or contact your local authority which will be issued with guidance to help businesses in their area.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-empl ouers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

NLS General

Head of National League System
Laurence Jones laurence.jones@thefa.com 07739 592 517

National League System Manager
Matt Edkins matt.edkins@thefa.com 07970 224 378

Academies Manager (NLS)
James Earl james.earl@thefa.com 07872 029 121
(if any Club is seeking guidance on the continuation of post-16 academies please contact James)

Player Status (National Game)
Lucy Hamshere All email queries to registrations@thefa.com 07944 125 562
Sean Joyce 07973 711 171
Gemma Stubbles 07971 925 005

Getting the latest government advice/understanding if self-isolation should apply

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.

For guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults – CLICK HERE

COVID-19: guidance for mass gatherings – CLICK HERE

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