COVID-19: Return to Sport & Physical Activity
This page has been designed to give you the most up-to-date and trusted information with regards to making the transition from lockdown to returning to sport and physical activity. If you are affiliated to an NGB we would suggest in the first instance to checkout their website. London Sport have also put together a really useful list of sports and their latest guidance on their website, you can view this here.
Government advice on the Phased Return of Sport and Recreation
Sport England Guidance
- Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation
- Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation
- Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation
- Elite sport return to training guidance: Step One
Latest information and support - Sport England have two key priorities during this period of uncertainty: supporting the sector, and encouraging people to stay active.
Their coronavirus hub has information on their funding packages and other support to help you through this crisis, how their Join the Movement campaign is helping people get active, the latest research on activity levels, and more.
Inclusion and accessibility guidance
Helping you to understand the government guidance for different groups, how you can engage and reassure specific audiences who may be nervous of returning and how to ensure your facilities are, and remain, accessible to all when allowed to reopen. You can access this here.
Support for the professional workforce
Including advice on staffing considerations for when the safe reopening of facilities is allowed, as well as news on support available from the government and links to resources such as training and development opportunities. You can access this here.
Setting out some of the main considerations to help your volunteers return safely, well-informed and prepared. You can access this here.
Managing liability and risk guidance
To give providers, be they clubs, governing bodies, community groups or regional associations, advice on what issues need considering and how they might tackle them in order to safely return to play. You can access this here.
Hygiene for sport and physical activity
Sport England have produced some guidance on hygiene for sport and physical activity. At the bottom of the web page there are some fantastic resources you can use such as social media graphics, infographics and posters.
ReOpen: Sport and physical activity sector facility reopening guidance
CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) have put together, along with other sector partners, the ReOpen guidance for planning for the safe reopening of sport and physical activity sector facilities. You can access this guidance here.
The above guidance should be used in conjunction with the ukactive recommended framework for reopening the fitness and leisure sector safely. This framework can be accessed here.
ReActivate is a new, free, online training platform, designed to equip anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector in England with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return to work or restart their coaching activity, as we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. ReActivate provides online training that brings government and industry guidance to life in an easily digestible format, giving anyone who needs it the ability to return to their sport and physical activity roles with confidence.
Clubs - restarting sport and physical activity
In support of the new advice Sport England has released, the Club Matters team has developed content and resources that will help clubs/organisations to apply that guidance. The new resources, which are now included on their dedicated coronavirus response page, take a variety of formats to provide helpful guidance for clubs and organisations. Ranging from full workbooks to templates and checklists, the resources include:
- Re-Opening Toolkit – this resource includes info on how clubs/organisations can plan their return to sport, with advice on what they need to think about across different areas such as re-opening their facility and protecting their people. The following resources can all feed into this toolkit!
- Risk Register Template – this template, with a dedicated user guide, is designed to help clubs/organisations introduce or update their practices regarding how they track risks.
- Creating a Risk Assessment guide – this resource, which draws from the current advice from the Health and Safety Executive, provides step-by-step guidance to help organisations address risk, including coronavirus-specific considerations.
- Understanding your People guide – covering the different ways clubs/organisations can gather the views of their people in relation to the coronavirus and how it might have impacted their ability/willingness to return to sport, this guide has top tips for how organisations can use that insight.
- Social Distancing guide – this resource covers the different practices and considerations clubs/organisations may need to introduce so that social distancing can be implemented in line with current Government advice.