WHAT IS THE SPORTS FREELANCER COLLECTIVE?
We are a coalition of major sports journalism associations – the SJA, the Football Writers’ Association, BCOMS, Sports Media LGBT+, Lawn Tennis Writers, Rugby Writers, British Athletic Writers, Cricket Writers’ Club, British Basketball Writers.
WHO DO WE REPRESENT?
Self-employed and freelance writers, broadcasters and photographers who have suddenly found themselves with no income as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
WHAT ARE OUR AIMS?
To put pressure on the government to assist self-employed and freelance writers, photographers and broadcasters and to set up an emergency fund for those who need it most.
HOW TO JOIN
Philippe Auclair of the Football Writers’ Association is co-ordinating a mailing list so please email him on email@example.com
We have set up an open group and invite freelances to join us via the Sports Journalists’ Association page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/sportsjournalistsGB/groups/?ref=page_internal
This is changing all the time. Please just keep looking at the SJA site (sportsjournalists.co.uk), the FWA site (footballwriters.co.uk), the Facebook group and our Twitter (@sportsja) (@theofficialFWA) for the very latest
Sports psychotherapist Gary Bloom is happy to speak to anyone via @bloomers57 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. His tips can be found HERE too.
Employment lawyer Safwan Afridi of Radcliffes LeBrasseur has very kindly, and very generously, volunteered to help those of you who may have questions about employment law free of charge. To do so, get in touch with him at Safwan.Afridi@rlb-law.com.
The British Association of Journalists offer hardship grants to members.
A mortgage broker has very kindly proposed his services to elucidate any questions those of us who have a mortgage would like to ask. Queries to email@example.com
The National Union of Journalists has joined calls for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to put in place a specific support package for the self-employed . About a third (8,000) of National Union of Journalists members are freelance and the proportion has been increasing. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what’s happening to you.
SIGN THE PETITION
The government should implement an immediate Universal Basic Income trial for all UK residents to ensure home and food security through the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis, to support the needs of those that need to self-isolate as well as the public health at large, and the wider economy.