CSM Foundation have been awarded just under £3,500 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards recouping losses incurred by CSM London FC incurred during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, some of this funding will be put towards online fitness sessions during the crisis, and continuation support provided for our 10 projects from the Just Play project originally funded through London Sport and Sport England’s Satellite Clubs programme.

The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

Managing Director, Anees Ikramullah, had this to say: “It’s great to continue having this support from Sport England as many organisations like ourselves face such an uncertain period of time. Being unable to guarantee the continuation of delivery sport and physical activity to the local groups we work with is tough to take, but we have to react and plan for future activity in this time.

I have to extend thanks to our coaches and volunteers all of whom give an amazing amount of time and effort to plan for activity starting again. I also include the teams at our partner organisations too. We made this application on behalf of ourselves and 10 project partners from the Just Play scheme we ran across 2019-20 and are so glad we can go to them with a little bit of money to help them restart their sessions once lockdown ceases too.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said: “As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing. We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to CSM Foundation to help it through these extremely challenging times.”