Return to Play - Guidance for the Sector

Since the government guidance on physical activity and sport was announced on 26 June, national governing bodies (NGBs) have been working alongside the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to interpret the new guidance for their individual sports and setting out sport-specific advice for individuals, clubs and local authorities.

Government guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England

The attachment below is a summary of the sport-specific guidance published by NGBs regarding COVID-19, specifically in relation to the re-introduction and return to sport and physical activity in England.

This page will be updated weekly, more regular updates may be available on social media which can be found via the NGB links in the document below.

Sport/ Activity


NGB updates

Latest Guidance


Fisheries, harbours and waters


Track & field venues…


Courts and Sports Halls…


Ballfields, diamonds & fields…


Courts, practice spaces, MUGAs…


Clubs & greens

Canoeing/Kayaking/Paddle sports

Paddle sport & hire centres…


Clubs, gyms & facilities


Natural spaces & climbing walls…


Clubs, pitches & nets…


Veloparks, tracks & BMX facilities…

Dragon Boat Racing

Rivers, waterways & clubs


Indoor & outdoor facilities

Exercise, Movement and Dance

Spaces for EMD excl. outdoor gyms…


Public & private outdoor spaces


Club, pitches & training spaces…


Courses, putting greens & ranges…


Clubs, centres & halls


Playing & training spaces…


Playing & training spaces


Playing & training spaces


Country parks & woodland


Urban areas


Fields, playing and training spaces…


Clubs and centres…

Rugby League

Clubs, playing and training spaces

Rugby Union

Clubs, playing and training spaces…


Sailing centres & docks C19 gov guidanc…

Scuba Diving

Shore-based, boat diving & pools…




Indoor and outdoor slopes…

Squash Indoor

squash courts


Indoor/outdoor land-based & water

Table Tennis

Parks & community centres…


Courts & centres…


Pools, open water & roads


Beaches & Indoors's…


All outdoor space

If your sport or physical activity is not included in the above directory, please contact us.

Support and resources from Sport England

To assist with the re-opening of facilities and clubs, Sport England have also published a range of resources to help achieve this.  

These resources will help plan for a safe and inclusive return and support the sector to keep staff, volunteers, members and participants informed of their responsibilities around social distancing. They will work alongside existing and forthcoming government guidance.

There is support for sports clubs and organisations, directly on the Club Matters website including:

  • Reopening toolkit – this includes information on how your club/organisation can plan its return to sport, with advice on what you need to think about across different areas such as reopening your facility and protecting your people.
  • Risk register template – this template, with a dedicated user guide, is designed to help your club/organisation introduce or update your practices regarding how you manage risks.
  • Creating a risk assessment – this draws from the current Health and Safety Executive advice and provides step-by-step guidance to help organisations address risk, including coronavirus-specific considerations.
  • Social distancing guidance – this resource covers the different practices and considerations your club/organisation may need to introduce so that social distancing can be implemented in line with current government advice.

On the Club Matters website you will also find resources from Activity Alliance, EMD UK and CIMSPA.

The resources on the Sport England website include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Volunteering guidance – setting out some of the main considerations to help your volunteers return safely, well-informed and prepared.
  • 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.

Government Guidance on Community Activity Provision for Children aged over 5

Following the Prime Minister's confirmation that holiday clubs will now be allowed to reopen during the summer holidays, the Department for Education has published two pieces of guidance on GOV.UK about community activities, holiday and after-school clubs as well as other out-of-school provision for children over the age of 5.

The guidance informs providers of the protective measures that need to be in place to ensure that such settings can open as safely as possible, and the practical steps they can take to minimise the risk to children, staff and parents who attend their settings by reducing the risk of infection and transmission of the virus. Alongside this guidance has been published for parents and carers on the precautions they should be taking if they are thinking of sending their child to any provision over the summer period.

Please find links to the guidance below:

Guidance for providers

Guidance for parents

CIMSPA Facility Reopening guidance

CIMSPA in conjunction with a number of sector partners have published some useful guidance to support the re-opening of the Sport & Physical Activity sector. All the information can be found on their website here.

They will also be running their first webinar with sector experts presenting around risk assessments, control measures, cleaning and disinfecting on Wednesday 8th July at 3pm.

You can register HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions please contact for more information.

MIND Charity mental health champion toolkit

MIND Charity have developed a toolkit for organisations, clubs and groups in the sport and physical activity sector that want to support the mental health of their members, participants, staff and volunteers. It introduces the idea of mental health champions, and provides guidance on establishing a mental health champions scheme.

Click HERE to read the mental health champions toolkit for the sport and physical activity sector

50% Discount on New, innovative Secure Check- In Scheme

Secure Check- In is a new innovative scheme set up to help organisations, particularly those working in the sports sector to adhere to the new NHS track and trace guidelines.

Active Suffolk have partnered with Secure Check-In to offer sports clubs across the county a 50% discount on use of the scheme. Simply use the discount code: ACTIVESUFFOLK when signing up. Find out more at: