Return to Sport & Physical Activity
This support page details information and guidance for making the transition from lockdown to returning to sport and physical activity.
If you are affiliated to an NGB, we recommend visiting their website in the first instance. Find your NGB here.
Government guidance on the re-opening of outdoor facilities for sports and physical activity
Sport England are committed to supporting the sport and physical activity sector and helping people to stay active during these challenging times:
- Sport England: Coronavirus
For help answering some of the key questions people in the sport and physical activity sector will have as it eases some of its lockdown restrictions.
See guidance on a range of topics to help you plan for the return to play (sport and physical activity):
For guidance on hygiene for sport and physical activity and some excellent resources you can use such as social media graphics, infographics and posters:
Sport England - Return to Play briefing - 29 March (PDF, 44 Kb)
As outdoor sport reopens, Sport England have prepared some advice and ideas based on the tracking and monitoring they've been doing with people around their attitudes, intentions and feelings about getting back out there.
How will you #ReturnToPlay ?
Club Matters have prepared a a suite of resources to support clubs and organisations to get back to activity. This covers:
- Re-opening toolkit for Clubs and Organisations
- Re-imagining your Offer
- Creating a Risk Register for Clubs and Organisations
- Creating a Risk Assessment
- Social Distancing tips for Community Clubs and Organisations
- Club Matters Guide to Understanding your people
- Understanding the legal and insurance implications of returning to activity
- Ensuring you have an accessible and inclusive environment
The Instructor Ready standard mark is a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by EMD UK to provide a level of 'confidence' for all group exercise instructors in the fitness industry.
The scheme also provides reassurance to venues that instructors have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.
As an instructor, you can confirm that you have taken the necessary measures and are operating in line with Government guidelines, Public Health guidance , and EDM UK's own Roadmap to Group Ex guidance which was signed off by Sport England and DCMS.
You can access the scheme on EMD UK's website here.
UK Coaching have published some fantastic resources and guidance for coaches to use and consider when returning to coaching in the new normal of social-distancing.
- Free Live Webinars - Time to Learn
- Infographics: Plan, Do, Review
- Join the Conversation: Coaching while social distancing
As more opportunities to be active resume, new guidance will help providers to enable welcoming, and more accessible environments.
Activity Alliance has published Reopening Activity: An inclusive response, in consultation with partners across sport, leisure and disability equality. The national charity wants providers to consider the guidance as part of their ongoing commitment to disabled people's inclusion.
Return to Coaching 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.
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