There is still time for local sports clubs and physical activity providers to claim financial support of £1,000 towards the costs of being Covid-19 compliant.

All volunteer led sports clubs and physical activity providers in Wolverhampton are eligible for a Covid Compliance Grant via the City of Wolverhampton Council. It is designed to encourage clubs and other organisations to embrace regular rapid Covid-19 testing and provide Covid-safe environments by offsetting the costs involved in this.

Sports clubs and physical activity providers in Wolverhampton can apply for the grant by calling 01902 290242 or visiting COVID Compliant

One local club which has already received the grant is Heath Town Swimming Club. Spokesperson Tracy Hudson said: "As a community swimming club run by volunteers, we are very grateful for the Covid Complaince Grant. 

"The effects of Covid have been increasingly felt by the club as swimmers self isolate. With restricted numbers of swimmers in the pool and a 'pay as you go' admission, we rely on swimmers attending regularly. 

"We encourage our teams to adhere to Government guidance and the grant means we can run our club on restricted numbers with temporary drops in participation and can still support the local community to stay safe whilst still offering the opportunity to exercise and meet friends in a Covid-secure environment."

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Covid Compliance Grant is intended to help our city’s grassroots sports clubs and physical activity providers get back on their feet and, at the same time, encourage them to be Covid-secure and embrace a routine of regular coronavirus testing.

“This will give people confidence that clubs are doing all they can to protect participants from Covid-19 and keep the wider community safe from this deadly virus."

Latest figures show there were 467.4 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 1,229 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.