Updated – 08/07/2020
First and foremost, we are a long way from returning to normal boating activity, however the signs are encouraging and we at RYA Scotland, will always follow Government advice – Scottish Government. We also encourage our clubs, centres, organisations and members to support us in this as we slowly work our way back to a new normality. The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and wellbeing and to minimising pressure on frontline services. We have a collective and individual role to play by following the Government guidelines.
Return to Boating
We have set up a separate ‘return to boating’ page which can be found here and it contains current general guidance as well as club & training centre guidance that can be used when getting on the water. Continued updated guidance will be posted here as ‘lockdown eases’ and the Scottish Government provides additional information.
There is also additional information & guidance from the RYA to aid your planning for a return to boating, training activity, racing etc., however please remember that the government guidelines are different across the UK and so some elements don’t apply here in Scotland yet.
COVID-19 Support & Resources
RYA Scotland is aware that members, affiliated clubs and organisations and recognised training centres will still be worried about what is currently happening and what support they can access due to the Coronavirus.
We will continue to update this page to ensure our affiliated and recognised bodies have the most up-to-date information to support you at this time.
You can also access up-to-date information for all RYA members, clubs, affiliated organisations and training centres can be found at the Covid-19 area within the RYA website.
Connect Sessions – A Chance to Catch Up and Ask Some Questions
We continue to host regular on-line sessions with Members, Instructors, Clubs & Centres on a variety of platforms so please check the calendar on our website and our posts on social media. The topics are generally driven by those on the sessions, however there is an increasing number of discussions about preparing and delivering activity on the water.
The Connect sessions on a Wednesday afternoon/evening are a regular feature of our support and a great place to connect, engage with other organisations and ask questions. You can book a space on these online sessions via the Eventbrite links on our online training events calendar.
If you have any specific questions you would like answered as part of the discussions then please email email@example.com or contact one of the team.
The RYA has a financial planning tool that clubs and centres can use and also has some financial guidance which can be found here along with FAQs.
There is a dedicated Scottish Business Support website with all the latest information on the various support measures around Corona Virus.
There is also a UK Government Cornavirus Business Support Tool which will help businesses and self-employed people in Scotland, and the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them.
Grants to support Non-Domestic Businesses:
We are aware of a number of clubs who have successfully applied for the one-off grants made available by the Scottish Government in regards rates relief and non-domestic businesses. The fund is only open until 10th July and is administered by Local Authorities. Further information on the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant and Small Business Support Grant can be found here.
Third Sector Resilience Fund:
This fund is still open for applications from charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund’s primary intention is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period. Please check all the eligibility criteria here before applying.
The Government have a lot of information around paying of staff during this time, including Job Retention/Furlough support, Statutory Sick Pay, Job retention support and deferring VAT and Income Tax payments etc. This link also has broader information on other support to business from the UK Government.
The UK Government measures to support those who are self-employed can be found here.
If you became newly self-employed (on or since 6th April 2019) then you can apply to the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund for a one off grant to help at this time. This Scottish Government fund is administered by Local Authorities and further information can be found here. Please note this fund will close to new applicants on 10th July 2020.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
This scheme can provide facilities of up to £5 million for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cash flow. Further information can be found here.
Clubs are strongly recommended to discuss their current position, and their plans to re-start boating, with their insurers and/or insurance brokers. Some clubs have had success in reducing current premiums as their boats are not in the water. Talking to your insurance company about your plans to go afloat will be a key part of Phase 1 and beyond as we follow Scotland's Routemap.
The National Agency for sport has pulled together information to support clubs and community organisations around a number of key areas:
- Covid-19 and sport FAQ
- Getting your Facilities Fit for Sport
- Getting Coaches Ready for Sport
- Latest Outdoor Sport and Physical Activity Guidance
- Support for Clubs and Community Sport Organisations
Mental Health & Wellbeing
There are some great resources to support us all during the coronavirus pandemic from SAMH for Scotland’s Mental Health. They have pulled together some information on the ‘Coronavirus and Your Mental Wellbeing’. It may be useful to share some of this information with your club members and committees.
Children’s 1st and Parentline also have some information to support families at this difficult time.
Updated 15:00 on 8th July 2020