Sport England – Thank You

Covid-19 Support

The Sharks would like to thank Sport England for a donation of £1,000 to help us through the difficult circumstances created by Covid-19 pandemic.

The money was allocated from their Covid-19 support fund from the National Lottery.


PRESS RELEASE: 19th June 2020

£1,000 to help The Sharks Sports Club during current COVID-19 pandemic 


The Sharks  in West London  has been awarded £1,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards cost of maintaining and meeting ongoing costs of the Club during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


The grant will enable The Sharks to continue and meet its commitments in the period of shutdown, and to be able to start up in an orderly and gradual way in keeping with the safety restrictions put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Club Development Officer, Neal Underwood said:

“The money has enabled to give us immediate security to meet cost during the shutdown, so we can plan for reopening. We are now pleased to say we have achieved this and we are no operating on Monday and Wednesday at Harefield, Tuesday in Southall and Thursday in NW10 (Harlesden/Park Royal) with existing paddlers and members. As restrictions lift we will expand what we do in a controlled way and we will run or full programme of actives as soon as possible. Thank you Sport England.”

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 multimillionpound 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 The Sharks to help it through these extremely challenging times.”

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Notes to Editors 


For more details about the project please contact Neal Underwood on 07951 770241 or email 


About your The Sharks


The Sharks are one of the fastness growing paddlesports Clubs in the a Country, we serve the London Boroughs of Brent (NW10). Ealing (Southall), Hillingdon (Harefield) and Hounslow (Osterley Park) and attract members from further afield. We run recreation sessions, beginners lessons and well as competitive squads in Marathon Canoe Racing, Slalom Canoeing, Canoe Sprints and Wild Water Racing.

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High resolution photography of our facility / members in action are available upon request.


About the Sport England Community Emergency Fund 


Part of Sport England’s overall £195m support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19, the £20m Community Emergency Fund

aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It’s specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000, and in in exceptional circumstances we’ll consider awards of more than £10,000. The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

This £20 million fund of National Lottery money is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses.

Further information on the Community Emergency Fund – including seeing if your organisation is eligible and the application process – can be found via    

About National Lottery  

National Lottery players raise £30m every week for good causes, funding arts, heritage, sports, voluntary and charity projects around the UK. For more information on good causes in your area go to 

About Sport England 

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport. 

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active – like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.