National Leisure Recovery Fund Opens for Applications – 21st December 2021 (England)

  • Sport England has announced the launch of a new £100 million National Leisure Recovery Fund to support publicly owned leisure facilities through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.  The fund aims to:
  • Support the reopening of public sector leisure facilities and activities following the second period of national restrictions in England.
  • Provide the best chance of recovery to a position of sustainable operation over the medium to long term.
  • Sustain the delivery of activities (such as swimming) that aren’t widely accessible in the private market.
  • Enhance health and wellbeing and support physical activity across England – contributing to the government’s objectives around healthy lifestyles, reducing obesity and reducing inequality.

The funding is available to:

  • Local authorities in England who hold responsibility for the provision of leisure services and have outsourced their leisure provision to an external body to the local authority.
  • Local authorities in England whose outsourced leisure arrangements have ended since 20 March 2020 and services are now delivered as an in-house function.

To help ensure an equitable distribution of the fund, a Notional Funding Allocation (NFA) has been calculated for each eligible local authority.

The closing date for submitting expression of interest is the 21st December 2020.

Useful Links:


Expression of Interest Form

Frequently Asked Questions

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