Know how to safely return to your sport and welcome old and new members back safely and within the guidelines.

On this page you’ll find links to the latest Government guidelines, advice on virtual delivery and links to Return to Play advice to help you plan ahead.

The government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England consists of four steps, and the first step came into play on Monday 8th March. 

There will be four tests that the government will review ahead of each step, so the dates outlined below are the earliest that we may move to each step and may be subject to change. 

You can read a summary of what will be included in each step on the government's website.

Step 1:  

  • Phase 1 began on 8th March 

  • Phase 2 began on 29th March 

Step 2 began on 12th April 

Step 3: began on 17th May 

Step 4: began on 19th July

Current Government Guidelines

Summary: what you can and can't do during the national lockdown

Guidelines on exercising

Sport and physical activity guidance

Advice on accessing green space safely

Sport England FAQs

The Sport England Frequently Asked Questions on the national lockdown restrictions can be found here.

Communicating and Engaging Virtually

We have put together Twelve Top Tips for staying in touch with club members through online delivery.

Further guidance is available from ClubMatters, the Child Protection in Sport Unit and Net Aware.

Return to Play Guidance

There is a wealth of information, resources and guidance available on the return to play. We have kept this guidance live as a reference and to help plan for a safe return to play when restrictions ease.

Sport England Return to Play Advice

CIMSPA 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.

CIMSPA ReActivate: Free Training Programme
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.

UK Coaching: Return to Coaching Advice

NGBs Sport Specific Guidance 
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.

Voluntary and Community Sector Guidance 

Government Guidance for Multi-purpose Community Facilities 

National Association of Local Councils - Information for Local (Parish and Town) Councils
Information on managing facilities and public spaces with some useful downloadable guides. 

Stay Active at Home

Take a look at our Stay Active pages which have loads of ideas and resources to support people stay active at home.