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Guidance on Return to Play

This page has been designed to give you the most up-to-date information on how the current Covid 19 restrictions affect sport and physical activity. If you are affiliated to a National Governing Body please view the sports specific information towards the bottom of the page. 

The government’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions is made up of four steps, with Step 4 – which began on 19 July – now in force.

This means that:

  • There are no set restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, indoors and outdoors
  • All forms of activities can take place without set restrictions. We advise you to refer to your national governing body’s (NGB’s) guidance where relevant
  • All sports facilities can open, including ancillary facilities. There are no indoor capacity limits, however, venues may put in place some restrictions and guidance for enclosed areas
  • Organised sport participation events such as (but not limited to) races, rides and organised walks can take place outdoors with no capacity caps for participants or spectators 
  • Government guidance for sport and physical activity will provide advice on how to reduce transmission when you’re exercising.

Sport England Guidance Hub

Club Matters toolkit 

Club Matters has guidance to help sports clubs prepare for reopening, how to develop a risk assessment, tips to enforce social distancing, and more.  The guidance includes how to help your volunteers prepare, and hygiene tips.

Inclusion and accessibility

It’s critical that the people who’ve been impacted the most by the lockdown are supported to get active as restrictions are eased.  Sport England have compiled guidance on who can get active, how you can engage specific audiences, how to ensure your facilities are and remain accessible when they reopen, and more.

Latest research

Sport England have collated new research on people’s current attitudes to sport and physical activity.  It looks at the likelihood of people returning to their activity of choice once restrictions are eased, what might hold people back, and how activity providers can help encourage a return.

Legal support

Legal issues arising from coronavirus need to be taken into account by sport and physical activity providers in order to safely return to play.  This guidance note has been produced with Sheridans Sports Group to give providers, be they clubs, governing bodies, community groups or regional associations, advice on what issues need considering and how to tackle them.


Guidance for individual sports

A number of National Governing Bodies have created their own specific return to play guidance for their participants, as more outdoor space re-opens for sport and recreation.

Angling Trust

Archery GB

Badminton England

Basketball England

Bowls England

British American Football Association

British Canoeing

British Cycling

British Dragon Boat Racing Association

British Equestrian Federation

British Gymnastics

British Judo Association

British Kite Flying Association

British Microlight Aircraft Association

British Mountaineering Council

British Orienteering

British Rowing

British Shooting

British Sub-Aqua Club

British Taekwondo

British Triathlon

British Water Ski and Wakeboard Association

Clay Pigeon Shooting Association


England and Wales Cricket Board

England Athletics

England Boxing

England Korfball

England Lacrosse

England Netball

England Squash

English Ice Hockey Association

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby

Ice Hockey UK

Long Distance Walkers Association


Pentathlon GB


Rounders England

Rugby Football League

Rugby Football Union


Skateboard England

Snowsport England

Swim England

Swimming Teachers’ Association

Table Tennis England

The Croquet Association

The FA

Volleyball England