Key words: COVID 19, community groups, survival, support needs, adaptability, survey, longitudinal
Sported launched a series of surveys and focus groups to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community sports groups. Over 900 responses were completed along with focus groups with 18 community sports groups. The findings reported that groups experienced 3 key phases during the restrictions: Emergency, Refocus and New Normal. On the back of this research, Sported calls for more essential support for community sport groups as they face new challenges surrounding financial support, re-engaging their young participants and support with mental health for the group and young people.