- 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.