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Advice for community-owned clubs: latest update

Over the last 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been producing and updating guidance for community-owned clubs as new government schemes for coping with the shutdown and its associated effects were announced.

With many clubs still facing an uncertain future, especially at non-league level, we have pulled together another comprehensive round of advice and information on the various Government schemes to fulfil our commitment to supporting our members, particularly our community-owned clubs.

Note – this has now been updated to reflect initiatives announced by the Chancellor in the Budget in early March

The guidance note features information on the Winter Survival Package, business interruption loans, grant funding, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as furlough) and other Government support initiatives, as well as advice on preparations for the 2021-22 season.

We also provided a briefing paper which was drafted by our legal partners Gateley – it covers a range of questions clubs may have over the coming weeks and months, including commercial and contractual matters, and HR advice.

Our colleagues at Co-operatives UK have also produced some COVID-19 FAQs on HR which may be useful to community owned clubs, too.

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball
  • SD Europe