Active Leeds Sports Club Resources

Our Offer To Your Club

Active Leeds recognises the time and commitment it takes for volunteers to run their Sports Clubs successfully. This page aims to provide a one stop shop of information and support for your sports club. If you need direct support or advice please email us at: or call on 07891270625.

Support Through Covid-19 

We are aware that many voluntary sports clubs in the city are also classed as small businesses and employ stewards, managers & ground staff etc and may also pay rates on their property. 

Therefore we also understand that the current COVID-19 crises will have put your club under severe financial strain since the government advised a social isolation policy, which has closed most small businesses including sports clubs. 

Please see below a number of measures the government has announced supporting small business, which your club may be eligible for, for further details go to: .​​

Discretionary Top Up Grant

There is a new grant available for small businesses and charities in Leeds, which includes local sports clubs You can apply from 1 June 2020 until 28 June 2020. If you are eligible you can apply for as much as 10k and a minimum of 2k.

The key criteria is that the applicant : 

1) Must be independent & employ less than 50 staff 

2) Must not have received Covid grant assistance to date from the Council 

3) Must be incurring fixed property costs (defined as rent/rates/service charges/fixed utility costs) of a minimum of £8,000 per annum 

4) Must be able to demonstrate significant loss of income/sales as a result of Covid (defined as a minimum of 25% reduction over 6 months – March to Sept 20) 

5) Must operate from premises with a Rateable value below £51,000 or pay rent/mortgage payments of less than £51,000 pa. The grant is 50% of fixed property costs over a 6 month period a minimum of £2,000 to a max of £10,000.

You can apply for the grant by following the link and by completing the online form. .​​

Government Grant
A grant will be available to small businesses based on the following criteria
A rateable value of under £15,000 will automatically receive a grant of £10,000, between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000 You can speed things up by sending your details to :
Business Rates Pre Registration For Potential Grant .​​
*Leeds CASC clubs are also eligible to apply, if you have trouble in putting your information on the portal, please email the information directly to:

Support with sick pay

Businesses that had less than 250 employees on 28 February 2020 will be eligible for a refund to help to pay statutory sick pay. The refund will cover 2 weeks of Statutory Sick Pay for each eligible employee who has been off work because of coronavirus.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All UK employers can get support to help pay up to 80% of the salaries of employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments

The government are deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months. It will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.

Business rates holiday

There will be a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.


You should check the terms and conditions of your policy and contact your insurance provider.

Business Rates Explained

windowOpens in new windowBusiness Rates Briefing Note (PDF, 3.61 MB)​

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

This £20 million fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses. Please click here: to see the funding support that the government has available before you consider applying to this fund.

What we'll fund

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on: 
• Rent 

• Utility costs 

• Insurances 

• Facility or equipment hire 

• Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds 

• Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

Some examples of the sort of things our fund can help with are: 

• Support a boxing club to pay for their utility bills and other costs for their facility when no activity is taking place. 
• Support a local league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which is now cancelled and therefore will not receive the money the players in the league would have paid.

What our funding can't be used for
• Activities or costs which are already covered by other government funding, including rates 
• New activities or events – please see our other funding programmes for this • Capital works
• Costs beyond the end of July 2020.

How much we'll fund
Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances we’ll consider awards of more than £10,000.

Key things to note before applying

We expect that applicants will have exhausted all other government funding sources before applying to this fund. Given the enormity of the current crisis, we're likely to get more applications than we can fund so we’ll direct funds to where they’re most needed. 

Number of applications 

Our expectation is that organisations will only apply once to this fund for the immediate period, from 1 March through to 31 July, 2020. But we recognise the changing situation that we’re all in, so we’ll continue to review whether organisations might need ‘top-up’ awards or to make a second application depending on the period of disruption.

The National Governing Bodies will also provide you with specific guidelines for your sport as well as potential funding in some cases. 

Please see the links to the main NGBs for the latest information.

Raising Participation In Your Club

It is our aim to raise participation levels across the city. To help deliver our aim we are aligned with Sport England's sports strategy and their 7 investment streams. External link opens in new windowSport England

If your club would like to strengthen your existing playing membership, develop new activities and teams or even start a new alternative sport within your club, then we can help. Our officers have a wealth of experience in identifying funding, setting up and sustaining new sports programmes. This includes sports camps, school-club links, formal and informal sessions to a variety of targeted groups.

If you would like to discuss your ideas with one of our officers, or be entered into the mailing list for our quarterly newsletter please contact:

Capital Funding For Your Facilities

Our officers can provide advice* to your sports club in developing a successful funding application to help upgrade and maintain your facilities. We can advise your club on identifying the correct funding stream, attaining tenure of land, updating constitutions, providing sport development and business plans, as well as how to meet the various criteria required by funders when developing a successful application.

*Please note our priority will be to support clubs based in and servicing the more deprived communities in the city.

If you are planning a capital project and would like support and advice from our officers, please contact

Funding Leeds

The free and easy way to find funding

Funding Leeds is a public and third sector partnership - helping the voluntary, social enterprise, and community sectors in Leeds find the funds to achieve their vision.​​

Discretionary Rate Relief (DDR)

Leeds City Council can provide discretionary rate relief for your sports club, based on a sport development criterion. We can also advise your club on the benefits of becoming a Community Amateur Sport Club (CASC) as well as on other governance models for your club.

If your club would like to apply for DRR, or to be a CASC please contact: Chris Gott

Further Support and Links

You can easily access all the latest updates and information to help develop your club on Twitter External link opens in new window@LCCSportDevor through our regular e-newsletter. If you would like to receive our e-newsletter please leave your email address at​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



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