Blue Flames Sports Club in need of support amid COVID-19 lockdown

Newcastle-based sport club, Blue Flames, has found itself in increasing financial difficulties following the UK’s lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the lockdown’s restrictions, gyms and sport clubs have been closed for the last seven weeks. Many small businesses are eligible for government-backed loans to see them through these difficult times, but Blue Flames’ CASC charity status prevents them from applying for these.

Blue Flames wrote on their social media: “We have been unable to secure any of the government loans or grants. Our income has disappeared and we still have our outgoings including our loan, utilities, etc..”

Newcastle indoor netball facility

The sports club, which provides a valuable service to the local community, has asked for help from the public to survive in these difficult times. They have started a crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds, and ensure that they are still around once life returns to normal in the UK.

If you would like to donate, the campaign can be found here. At the time of writing, they are £3,000 away from their £10,000 goal.

Blue Flames have also launched a petition in hopes that the UK Government will consider allowing charity organisations access to their emergency loan scheme in order to save the many charities facing similar difficulties across the nation. The petition can be found here.

external blueflame sports building

Completed by Rubb in 2007, the 47m span x 66m long multi-sport hall serves a vital service by hosting netball, badminton, cricket, walking football, Futsal, and bootcamps for the local community. Now ubiquitous with Blue Flames Sports Club, the hall’s unique curved roof provided a construction challenge for Rubb, as a seamless curve on both the steel framework and the PVC cladding had to be ensured.

We asked Amy Rutherford, Operations Director, how she has found the Rubb structure in the 12 years since its construction: “Absolutely fantastic sports hall, used by thousands of participants for all different sports. This has been a fantastic addition to our facilities.”