Return to Play - Guidance for the Sector

NGB Return to Play Guidance & Covid-19 Updates

Sport England, working alongside Government have provided FAQs on the lifting of national restrictions around sport. They have also published their own Return to Play Guidance, available on their website

The table 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.

Additional Guidance

NB. For the latest guidance from Public Health England click here. The latest updates for the sector from Sport England are available here with additional Club Matters guidance here.

The Activity Alliance has published inclusive guidance for the return of sport and physical activity here and CIMPSA's workforce guidance is here with their guidance on indoor training and group exercise here.

Sport/ Activity

Facilities

NGB updates

Latest Guidance

Latest Guidance Published

Angling

Fisheries, harbours and waters

https://twitter.com/AnglingTrust

https://anglingtrust.net/2021/02/22/covid-19-roadmap-out-of-lockdown-wha…

8 March

Athletics

Track & field venues

https://twitter.com/EnglandAthletic

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-upd…

28 February

Badminton

Courts and Sports Halls

https://twitter.com/BADMINTONEnglnd

https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/return-to-play/

3 March

Baseball/softball

Ballfields, diamonds & fields

https://twitter.com/bsuk

https://www.baseballsoftballuk.com/returntoplay

4 January

Basketball

Courts, practice spaces, MUGAs

https://twitter.com/bballengland

https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/news/return-to-play-update-basketbal…

2 March

Bowls

Clubs & greens

https://twitter.com/BowlsEng

https://www.bowlsengland.com/coronavirus-guidance/

23 February

Canoeing/Kayaking/Paddle sports

Paddle sport & hire centres

https://twitter.com/BritishCanoeing

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2021/covid-19-new-guidance-on-pa…

9 March

Cheerleading

Clubs, gyms & facilities

https://twitter.com/SportCheerEng

https://sportcheerengland.org/tier-system

7 January

Climbing/Mountaineering

Natural spaces & climbing walls

https://twitter.com/Team_BMC

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/how-does-englands-roadmap-for-easing-covid-rest…

23 February

Cricket

Clubs, pitches & nets

https://twitter.com/ECB_cricket

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/2042904/ecb-statement-in-response-to-governme…

24 February

Cycling

Veloparks, tracks & BMX facilities

https://twitter.com/BritishCycling

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20200512-about-bc-news-B…

9 March

Dragon Boat Racing

Rivers, waterways & clubs

https://twitter.com/BDAInfo

https://www.dragonboat.org.uk/latest-news/bda-update-on-coronavirus/

7 March

Equestrian

Indoor & outdoor facilities

https://twitter.com/BritEquestrian

https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/covid-19-plans-to-ease-lockdow…

23 February

Exercise, Movement and Dance

Spaces for EMD excl. outdoor gyms

https://twitter.com/EMDForLife

https://emduk.org/important-information-from-emd-uk-on-coronavirus-covid…

23 February

Fencing

Public & private outdoor spaces

https://twitter.com/britishfencing

https://www.britishfencing.com/roadmap_for_easing_of_restrictions/

24 February

Football

Club, pitches & training spaces

https://twitter.com/fa

https://www.thefa.com/news/2021/jul/16/20210716-non-elite-football-updat…

24 March

Golf

Courses, putting greens & ranges

https://twitter.com/EnglandGolf

https://www.englandgolf.org/playsafe/

1 March

Gymnastics

Clubs, centres & halls

https://twitter.com/BritGymnastics

https://www.british-gymnastics.org/national-restrictions

2 March

Hockey

Playing & training spaces

https://twitter.com/EnglandHockey

https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/media/news/return-to-play-latest-update-…

6 March

Lacrosse

Playing & training spaces

https://twitter.com/englacrosse

https://www.englandlacrosse.co.uk/coronavirus

23 November

Netball

Playing & training spaces

https://twitter.com/EnglandNetball

https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/about/covid-19-support/government-lockd…

22 February

Orienteering

Country parks & woodland

https://twitter.com/GBRorienteering

https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/news/5388

8 March

Parkour

Urban areas

https://twitter.com/ParkourUK

https://parkour.uk/parkour-uk-return-to-move-guidance/

24 February

Rounders

Fields, playing and training spaces

https://twitter.com/RoundersEngland

https://www.roundersengland.co.uk/tier-4-rounders-england-update/

21 December

Rowing

Clubs and centres

https://twitter.com/britishrowing

https://www.britishrowing.org/2021/02/british-rowing-welcomes-government…

11 March

Rugby League

Clubs, playing and training spaces

https://twitter.com/TheRFL

https://www.rugby-league.com/article/57730/roadmap-announced-for-the-ret…

10 March

Rugby Union

Clubs, playing and training spaces

https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby

https://www.englandrugby.com/participation/running-your-club/coronavirus

5 January

Sailing

Sailing centres & docks

https://twitter.com/rya

https://www.rya.org.uk/training-support/Pages/coronavirus_guidance.aspx

23 February

Scuba Diving

Shore-based, boat diving & pools

https://twitter.com/BSACdivers

https://www.bsac.com/news-and-blog/how-the-roadmap-out-of-lockdown-affec…

23 February

Skateboarding

Skateparks

https://twitter.com/SkateboardEng

https://skateboardgb.org/

23 February

Skiing/Snowboarding

Indoor and outdoor slopes

https://twitter.com/SnowsportEng

https://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/covid-19-resources/

26 February

Squash Indoor

squash courts

https://twitter.com/englandsr

https://www.englandsquash.com/back-to-squash

9 March

Swimming

Indoor/outdoor land-based & water

https://twitter.com/Swim_England

https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/coronavirus-faqs-answered/

23 February

Table Tennis

Parks & community centres

https://twitter.com/TableTennisENG

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/news/archived/coronavirus-update/

8 March

Tennis

Courts & centres

https://twitter.com/the_LTA

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-new…

10 March

Triathlon

Pools, open water & roads

https://twitter.com/BritTri

https://www.britishtriathlon.org/covid-19

12 March

Volleyball

Beaches & Indoors

https://twitter.com/VballEngland

https://www.volleyballengland.org/news/article/6153/faqs-volleyball-and-…

10 March

Walking

All outdoor space

https://twitter.com/RamblersGB

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/volunteer-zone/coronavirus.aspx

12 March

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

Guidance 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.

Club Matters have produced a number of useful resources which we have linked for you below:

  • 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.

Visit the Club Matters website for resources from Activity Alliance, EMD UK and CIMSPA too.

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.

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. Please check the link below regularly for ongoing updates based on new announcements.

All the information can be found HERE

If you have any questions please contact info@cimspa.co.uk 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

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 by clicking HERE