As government restrictions are beginning to lift, many sports facilities and clubs can begin to reopen with COVID-19 secure guidelines in place. The return to sport and increased opportunity to get active is great news for all but it comes with challenges and questions for clubs and organisations looking to restart.

On this page, you’ll find links to the latest government advice and guidelines plus links to detailed Return to Play advice to help you.

Outdoor sports courts and other outdoor sporting activities have been permitted to reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

Outdoor gyms, outdoor swimming pools and playgrounds can open, as can clubhouse bars and restaurants. Indoor gyms, swimming pools and leisure facilities can also reopen from 25 July.

Team sports can also restart when each sport's national governing body has published a government-approved action plan and related guidance on playing safely. 

Guidance for clubs in Cambridgeshire and
Peterborough - September 2020

The Director of Public Health for Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council has created a summary guide for clubs in the area to follow. It includes a reminder of COVID-19 safety requirements with clear links to resources and further guidance.

Clubs in Peterborough County Council
Clubs in Cambridgeshire County Council

Government Advice

Government advice on the phased return of sport and recreation for the public

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation - facilities and equipment

Guidance for personal trainers and coaches

New guidance on spending time outdoors

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely

ReOpen: Sport and Physical Activity Sector Facility Reopening Guidance

Guidance to help you plan for the safe reopening of sport and physical activity sector facilities.

ReActivate - Free Training Programme from CIMSPA

Available to anyone working in sport, physical activity, leisure and fitness in England, including coaches and volunteers - to give you confidence about returning safely to sport and physical activity, and getting back to providing a valuable service to your customers and community.

  • Leisure and fitness professionals
  • Club and facility managers
  • Sports club administrators
  • Grassroots coaches and volunteers

Subjects covered:

  • Risk assessment and management
  • Health and safety
  • Social distancing
  • Use of equipment and PPE
  • Cleaning and hygiene
  • First aid
  • Travel
  • Communicating with customers & participants.

Sport England's Return to Play Advice

And we recommend reading Sport England's latest advice concerning the return to play


Government Guidance (Sport England)  

UK Coaching Advice

Duty to Care Toolkit & Digital Badge

Earn UK Coaching's nationally recognised Duty to Care 'Digital Badge' by demonstrating your knowledge of the principles of duty to care: Safeguarding, Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health and Well-being.

Simply enrol and complete the five free Knowledge Checks attached to each of these five pillars. There is an extensive suite of learning and we signpost you to the most relevant resources to help you refresh your knowledge around each theme. 

Return to Coaching Advice 

NGB COVID-19 Advice

Since the announcement, 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.

Our friends at London Sport have collated 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, which can be found here:

Voluntary and Community Sector Guidance CPALC, Cambs ACRE

Government Guidance for Multi-purpose Community Facilities  

National Association of Local Councils information under Managing Facilities and Public Spaces tab with some useful downloadable guides 

Cambridgeshire ACRE guidance on reopening community buildings  

Hunts Forum 

Sport Structures

Sport Structure's Director, Simon Kirkland, and Sport Business Manager, Natalie Davis, discuss sport returning to play after the COVID-19 lockdown.