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Sport England Return to Play Fund - deadline extended
10 March 2021
Herts Sports Partnership

£300 - £10,000 available

Shelley, Sports Project Officer at the Herts Sports Partnership (HSP) has asked us to share this with you all:
Sport England recently announced an extension to their current Return to Play fund. With a further £5 million in the pot and just a handful of Hertfordshire sports clubs having applied, there is plenty of opportunity left for the county to get its fair share.

If your club hasn't considered the fund, HSP is urging you to get in touch, as we're working with our funding partner Funding 4 Sport to ensure that as many applications are submitted as possible.
The Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants seeks to help and support sport and physical activity groups, clubs and organisations in responding to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-safe manner (when we’re allowed!)
This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment. Funding could be used for minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage and training courses (i.e for volunteer / workforce development) to help you deliver your activities safely.
Key Information

  • Awards of £300 - £10,000 are possible
  • Awards are to help with essential changes to services or facilities
  • Applications should be focused on returning people to previously run activity, or enabling previous projects to adapt to resume delivery, when that is possible to do so. * At this time, we are not looking to support new projects or start-ups. *

Responding to the Lockdown

  • Organisations based in Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 1-5 can now seek support towards ongoing running costs – for example rent, utilities and insurance. This is capped at a maximum of £3,000 and will only be considered with an eligible funding request. Sport England will not solely support running costs.
  • Flexibility over start date – Sport England ask that activity resumes within six weeks of national / local lockdown restrictions being lifted
  • Sport England have extended the programme, and this will remain open, up to 30 June.

Please note that nothing is guaranteed, but more information about the Fund (including eligibility / criteria, and key funding priorities) is available on
If your club / organisation / community group is interested in applying, please do not hesitate to contact me as I am happy to discuss this with you and see how best the Partnership can support you.

Shelley Woods
Project Officer
Please note my normal working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
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Fit Fed and Read - Booking Now Open
10 March 2021
Herts Sports Partnership

About the project
Fit, Fed & Read is a high-quality holiday activity programme ‐ including support with literacy ‐ in Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, with a nutritious meal every day, free of charge. Fit Fed & Read school holiday activity programmes operate across Hertfordshire during the school Easter and summer holidays.

Yuko Wins One Mile Challenge
10 March 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

British Masters One Mile Challenge

By 10a.m. Monday morning a magnificent 39 Spartans had already recorded times for their one mile challenge. Participants had until Sunday evening 7th Match to complete their race.

YUKO GORDON WON her category. She took first place in the women’s 65 plus age group with 6 minutes 58 seconds and was 879th overall out of 1210 finishers. She led the Spartans women’s team to second in that category with CATHY CRAIG in 8:21 and JAN FRY in 8:48. Their total time of 24:07 compared well with the winners 23:14 and second place in 23:16.

Leaders reach Kent in England Race
04 March 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

Another Fly team.  Although the minimum size for Fly 5K teams has been increased Fairlands Valley Spartans got onto the leaderboard for the 12th Fly inter-club competition on Saturday morning.  Teams have to include women and men with at least six finishers.

February Round up
04 March 2021
Herts Sports Partnership

Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity+ eLearning

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on people’s Mental Health. It is more important than ever that we learn how to recognise, respond & support people with Mental Health problems.
Grow your skills in this new-look UKCoaching online course.

Contribute to HSP's 2021-2025 Strategic Plan
24 February 2021
Herts Sports Partnership

The Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership is currently formulating its Strategic Plan for the 2021-25 period, with a proposed June launch date.

The new strategy will build on the existing Strategic Plan, which has served the Partnership well over recent years and will seek to build on Uniting The Movement – Sport England’s recently launched strategy, which sets out its aims and aspirations for the next decade.

North Downs Sharon
23 February 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

Spartan SHARON CROWLEY has completed another National Trail virtually. This time it was the North Downs Way (virtual) 250 kilometres / 150 miles from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent (where Sharon was born) then up to Canterbury. Sharon was pleased to finish with 10 days to spare. All her actual running and walking was local!

HAPpy: Holiday Activities Programme
10 February 2021
Herts Sports Partnership

Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, to organise a programme for the forthcoming Easter Holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.

Covid Recovery
04 February 2021

Today we're focusing on Covid Recovery. We hear so much about how to stay active and alleviate stress, boredom and poor mental health during lockdown, but what about the other side of the coin? What if you have suffered from coronavirus, and are now more fatigued than you thought imaginable? What if all of the online exercise, get outdoors, move more messages feel all too unachievable right now? 

The Coast of England Virtual Challenge
04 February 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

Fourteen Spartans took up the Coast of England Virtual Challenge organised by ResultsBase to give their training a continued focus through lockdown and beyond, aiming to complete the 2970 kilometres around the coast of England by the 31st December 2021, competing at their own pace, fast or slow, on a bike, or walk, a run or swim. The challenge began in Bristol near the Severn Estuary and started by tackling the south coast path around Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.