Support package for Welsh sport’s freelance workers

Fitness instructors, personal trainers and coaches in Wales are among
the sport sector’s self-employed and freelance workers who can apply
for a new Covid-19 support package from Sport Wales.
A new £3m ‘Sport Freelancer Fund’ has been set up to provide some
financial help for the many workers in the field who directly deliver
activities that get the Welsh public moving.
Funding of £1,500 is available, and applicants will need to demonstrate
how they’ve lost at least that amount in income from activities that
should have taken place in Wales since the crisis began due to contracts
being cancelled or restrictions halting their work.
Applicants will have a short window in which to submit their claims –
applications open via the Sport Wales website at 12 noon on Thursday 26
November and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 9 December.
Full guidance on who is eligible for the Sport Freelancer Fund, and how
to apply, can be found at www.sport.wales [1]
The £3m funding forms part of an overall £14m Sport and Leisure
Recovery Package which has been allocated by Welsh Government to Sport
Wales so that sporting organisations, facilities and jobs can be
protected.
Sarah Powell, the Chief Executive of Sport Wales, said: “This fund is
the first of its kind in the UK for sport freelancers, and is another
clear sign of the importance that Welsh Government places on sport and
its ability to make a positive difference.
“There are so many hard-working individuals in Wales who make a living
from coaching, running boot camps, teaching fitness classes, and doing a
whole manner of other things to keep us active.
“Working as they do, in the heart of communities, they make a
significant contribution to the sporting sector. But, like everyone
else, they’ve been hit really hard by the pandemic.
“We appreciate that £1,500 won’t cover all of the financial losses
that many have suffered, but we hope that this funding will go some way
towards helping to ensure that these individuals can stay in the sector,
continuing to use their talents to enhance the lives of others.”
Sarah added: “Because we want to get payments out to successful
applicants as quickly as possible, particularly with Christmas
approaching, the window for applications is quite short. Therefore, we
urge applicants to read the guidance on our website carefully to ensure
that they include all of the required information with their
application.”
The £1,500 is available for freelancers and self-employed workers in
Wales whose work directly supports people to be active, such as sports
coaches, personal trainers, fitness instructors and dance instructors.
It is not available for other freelancers working in the industry such
as sports writers, commentators, photographers, sports therapists and
nutritionists.
Tara Dillon Chief Executive Officer of CIMSPA said: “This has been an
extremely challenging year for everyone in our sector, especially for
the many thousands of freelance and self-employed professionals who have
been impacted by Covid-19 but have been excluded from UK Government
financial support.
These are dedicated, hard-working professionals who provide an essential
service to the public, and we are working with partners across the UK to
find ways of providing them with some support.
We are delighted to see Sport Wales announcing this fund, which will
provide some valuable financial support to people in our sector working
in Wales. We encourage any of our members in Wales who think they might
meet the criteria to visit the website and apply.”
For further information about the Sport Freelancer Fund, please visit