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FAQs for Clubs

Updated 04.06.20

Clubs, county associations and leagues

Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Government have announced a new scheme where councils can allocate funds to small or micro businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak that you may find is appropriate for your club.

This fund is available to businesses who have not been eligible for any other grant, with the exception of the furlough Job Retention scheme and Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), and who were trading on 11 March 2020.

Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund may be eligible for the Discretionary Grants Scheme.


You’re potentially eligible if your business/club:

  • is based in England
  • has fewer than 50 employees
  • has fixed building costs such as rent
  • was trading on 11 March 2020
  • has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus

Applications are processed by your own local authority and you can find your local authorities website here. For more information on the funding can be found at

The closing date for applications to this fund is Sunday 14th June.

Q: How will Badminton England support clubs, counties and leagues in this period?  

A: For club and county queries or matters for which you would normally contact a relationship manager, please contact  

For competition queries, please contact  

For membership queries, please contact  

For coaching queries, please contact  

For safeguarding queries, please contact 


Q: Will Badminton England also be providing financial support to clubs, counties and leagues facing  financial difficulty because of the need to pay for courts and other cancelled events, the loss of income from not playing and the inability to generate money from end of season or summer events  

A: We recognise that many of those involved in Badminton are facing financial hardships as a result of the current situation.  We have a survey for you to share your thoughts and views - Please keep sharing your concerns so we can target help appropriately.  

In addition to the Community Emergency Fund, we continue to work with Sport England to identify further packages of sport for those clubs, coaches and County Badminton Associations most affected by the current situation. Keep checking these pages and our social media for updates. 

Q: How can I stay connected and engaged with my members during this period? 

A: Keeping in contact with your members is a great way of helping people in this period and ensuring everyone stays safe and well. We suggest you use means like WhatsApp to stay in contact where possible. More ideas will be published shortly. 

Q: What are you doing to promote Badminton? 

A: We will be promoting the value of Badminton as an activity in the coming weeks with information, tips and ideas on how to keep active. We are looking at sharing content including great matches from the past for everyone to enjoy. 

Q: How do we prepare for the time when leisure centre and school courts are open to use again?  

A: We are planning to run a campaign to encourage everyone to return to badminton with materials to support clubs, counties, leagues, leisure centres do this. Keep checking back for more details as this develops. 

We are also examining other ways that we can help get play restarted – this includes developing a package of financial support to help sessions restart and we are working with leisure operators to understand how we can support clubs, coaches etc to rebook sessions. 

Q: Our AGM is due to be held in the coming weeks. Should we go ahead and how do we do that?  

A: Now that the government has advised against the movement and gathering of people, you should look at alternative ways of meeting, including your AGM. We have provided some guidance on how to carry out a remote AGM here.


Clubs with their own facilities 

Q: I run a facility that has had to close. What help is available?  

A: We recognise that many of those involved in Badminton are facing financial hardships as a result of the current situation.  We have a survey for you to share your thoughts and views - Please keep sharing your concerns so we can target help appropriately.  

We are also working with Sport England to understand any available packages of sport for clubs and groups which run a facility. We will publish details here as soon as they are available. 


Q: What Government support is available for businesses?  

A: The Government has set out a package of temporary and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. 


Job Retention Scheme  

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. 


You will need to: 

  • Designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change - changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation 
  • Submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal (HMRC will set out further details on the information required) 


HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to March 1st and is initially open for 3 months, but will be extended if necessary. HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers. 




HRMC will support businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months. For VAT, the deferral will apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020. All UK businesses are eligible. 

This is an automatic offer with no applications required. Businesses will not need to make a VAT payment during this period. Taxpayers will be given until the end of the 2020 to 2021 tax year to pay any liabilities that have accumulated during the deferral period. VAT refunds and reclaims will be paid by the government as normal. 



Q: What about business rates and grant support? 

A: All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will receive 100% business rates relief for 2020/21. The guidance issued to local authorities states that the following properties, among others, will be eligible for the relief: 


  • Sports grounds and clubs 
  • Sport and leisure facilities 
  • Gyms 


There is no limit on the rateable value of premises to be eligible. 

In addition to rates relief, retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will be provided with a grant of £25,000. 



Small Business Grant Scheme  

Small businesses eligible for Small Businesses Rates Relief or Rural Relief will now be provided with a grant of £10,000. This has been increased from the £3,000 grant announced at the Budget. 

You do not need to do anything. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant. Guidance for local authorities on the scheme will be provided shortly. 


Q: How do I claim for business rates relief and grant support?  

A: To access rate relief, you do not need to do anything as it should be reflected in your bill. However, should you have any queries over eligibility for, or provision of, the relief you should contact the relevant local authority. 


Q: Are Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) and charities eligible for this support? 

A: Based on the published guidance, it is our understanding that the additional rates relief is applied after any mandatory relief received, such as that applied to CASCs and charities. Therefore, these organisations should benefit from the full 100% relief. However, please note that the guidance confirms that it is for local authorities to administer a local scheme and determine in each individual case when to grant relief. 


Q: What if I am struggling with my tax liabilities?  

A: This is clearly a challenging time for many badminton clubs and other organisations within the sector. If you are experiencing problems with your tax liabilities, you may be eligible for support through HMRC’s Time to Pay Service. You can call the dedicated COVID-19 helpline on 0800 0159 559 for further advice. 


Q: Is there any other support available  

A: The new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports small to medium sized enterprises with access to working capital (including loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance) of up to £5 million in value and for up to 6 years. The government will pay to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will not face any upfront costs and will benefit from lower initial repayments. The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. 

The scheme is being delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the British Business Bank. It is now open for applications. To apply, you should talk to your bank . All major banks are offering this scheme. If you have an existing loan with monthly repayments you may want to ask for a repayment holiday to help with cash flow. The full rules of the scheme and the list of accredited lenders are available on the British Business Bank website.