We are a coalition of major sports journalism associations – the Football Writers’ Association, the Sports Journalists’ Association, BCOMS, Sports Media LGBT+, Lawn Tennis Writers, Rugby Writers, British Athletic Writers, Cricket Writers’ Club, British Basketball Writers. This page is shared by the SJA and the FWA.



Self-employed and freelance writers, broadcasters and photographers who have suddenly found themselves with no income as a result of the coronavirus crisis.



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.



Philippe Auclair of the Football Writers’ Association is co-ordinating a mailing list so please email him on



We have set up an open group and invite freelances to join us  either via the Sports Journalists’ Association page or at



This is changing all the time. Please just keep looking at the SJA site (, the FWA site (, 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 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



There may be some small grants available at the Journalists’ Charity and the Authors’ Guild

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



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.

Please send an email to and let them know what’s happening to you.

The union also has a help page HERE



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.



Independent Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed:


Philippe Auclair

SJA contact address:

Our specific demands to Government are:

    1. Follow the lead of Germany and Canada and provide compensation or a base salary for freelance workers.
    1. Request that HMRC defer its date to collect payments on account, currently due on the 31st of July 2020, until December 2020 as a minimum, and to review this at a later stage.
    1. Call for IR35 to be abolished
    1. Include our members who fall ill during this pandemic in receiving statutory sick pay for the time of their illness.
    1. Address the shortfall of support for the majority in the private rental sector, by organising the deferment of rental payments until all supporters and workers are allowed back into fully open sporting stadia.

Philippe Auclair from the FWA’s national executive committee is overseeing the group, along with Janine Self of the SJA. Carrie Brown, Chair of the FWA, has been in touch with MPs to lobby for emergency legislation to support freelancers at this time.

We would like to gain the views and input of as many journalist as possible, both members and non-members, and Philippe can be contacted at


We are inviting freelancers who are not members of the FWA to join for free now, with renewals at our regular annual rate of £30 per annum to begin in September.

It is impossible to predict what will happen next in football and our industry but we pledge to offer support and advice wherever possible so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Follow us here, and follow the FWA (@theofficialFWA) and SJA (@SportsSJA) on Twitter and Facebook for updates.


Philippe Auclair

FWA membership applications: John Ley

FWA matters: Executive Secretary Paul McCarthy:

SJA contact address:

Sports Journalists Association

The Cricket Writers’ Club

The Rugby Union Writers’ Association

The Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association

British Athletics Writers’ Association

The Black Collective of Media in Sport

Sports Media LGBT

The Basketball Journalists’ Association


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