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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. 


Sport England Guidance

The Prime Minister confirmed the step by step plan to ease restrictions on the 22nd February including a roadmap for the return of sport and physical activity.  Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against four tests relating to vaccine deployment, reduction in hospitalisations, infection rates and new variants.  Please note all steps are subject to review and dates may change.

Please click here to read Sported’s Reopening Checklist.

Step 1 (phase 2) comes into force on 29 March


  • You should minimise travel, however, travel for sport and exercise is permitted 
  • Outdoor gatherings of either six people (the ‘rule of six’) or two households can take place 
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools can reopen 
  • Organised outdoor sport and physical activity for adults and children can return, which will be exempt from the legal gathering limits. The threshold on participant numbers will be decided by each national governing body (NGB) or organising organisation and will follow Covid-secure guidance 
  • Organised outdoor sport and activity includes: 
  • Organised outdoor group activities (e.g. outdoor exercise classes, group cycle rides, walking groups etc.) 
  • Outdoor team sports (including adapted versions for ‘higher risk’ team sports)  
  • Other organised outdoor sports, such as, but not limited to, tennis, golf, horse riding, water sports will be able to resume 
  • Organised sport participation events (road races, running and cycling events, triathlons etc.).  
  • Spectators are not allowed at any grassroot sport and physical activity sessions or events. This does not apply to carers for disabled people, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role. Where it‘s necessary for them to be present,  supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble 
  • Informal sport and physical activity is not covered by any exemptions, and will have to follow the legal gathering limits for outdoors: the ‘rule of six’ or two households 
  • Disabled people can take part in organised outdoor and indoor sport without being subject to social contact limits. 

Please click here to read Sport England’s guidance on helping people back to sport and activities covering the following key points;

  • Showcase your safety measures
  • Mental health matters – but show the benefits, don’t tell
  • Emphasise the enjoyment factor
  • Ease people back in
  • Keep it cheap or free

For more details please click on the links below;

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


Step 2 (From 12 April)

  • From 12 April indoor leisure facilities (including gyms) open for use individually or within household groups

Step 3 (From 17 May)

  • From 17 May organised indoor adult sport
  • 30 person limit outdoors
  • Some large events with capacity limits (Indoor events 1,000 or 50%, Outdoor other events 4,000 or 50%, Outdoor seated events 10,000 or 25%)

Step 4 (From 21 June)

  • All restrictions removed

For more detail on the Government guidance please click here 

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.

Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit

Sport England have produced a new toolkit to help you keep sport and physical activity going as the nights get longer.   It’s packed with advice, guidance and insight to support you to continue to play sport safely in line with the latest government guidelines

Support for the professional workforce

Sport England have compiled support and guidance for people either employed or self-employed who work full-time or part-time in sport and physical activity – known as the professional workforce.  It includes advice on planning for the safe reopening of facilities and support from the government.  More useful resources will be added as they become available, including training opportunities to help you to reopen or return to activity.

CIMPSA; Reopening facilities, implementing social distancing, cleaning plans

General Government guidance and support for employees

Government support for business and employers

Reactivate training course for the professional workforce and volunteers


Volunteers have a vital role to play as sport and physical activity providers plan now lockdown restrictions are being eased further.  So what should you be thinking about when it comes to your volunteers returning safely and well-prepared? 

Hygiene guidance

Advice and guidance to help sport and physical activity facilities keep their environment safe for everyone, plus downloadable posters and stickers.

Activity Ideas

Active Partnerships


#ThisIsPE, led by the Yorkshire Sport Foundation, afPE, Youth Sport Trust & Active Partnerships, is one of the resources recommended by the Department for Education. It uses two minute videos that show parents and teachers free, fun and easy to follow PE activities that can be replicated at home.

Activity Alliance


Activity Alliance’s STEP tool is designed to help people of all ages and abilities adapt activities to make them more accessible and inclusive. STEP stands for Space, Task, Equipment and People and is one of the most effective ways to use household items to be active.

Bowls England

Workout videos

To support bowlers with their fitness and wellbeing during lockdown, Bowls England has put together three brilliant at-home workouts for people of all ages and abilities. They range from an introduction level session to a high intensity cardio workout for those who want even more.

British Association for Shooting & Conservation

Countryside Classrooms

BASC has launched an online countryside classroom series to help entertain & educate children on shooting & conservation during the COVID-19 outbreak. Tune into their Facebook page every Tuesday & Thursday to take part. From how to build bird feeders to deer identification, the lessons will have something for everyone.

British Blind Sport

At-home exercise routines

Working alongside visually-impaired friendly providers, British Blind Sport has compiled a range of at-home workouts and resources to help partially sighted individuals stay active throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Activities include cardio, pilates, yoga, HIT training and gentle exercise.

British Canoeing

Online Padder’s Portal & Go Paddling Resources

From Yoga with Olympic athletes to a live interview series featuring incredible guests, British Canoeing’s portal is packed full of fun things for all to get involved with. The Go Paddling website has over 176 trails, an interactive map and lots of tips and advice to help you venture back out on the water. 

British Cycling

Ready, Set, Ride

British Cycling has produced a daily activity calendar to keep kids moving and help them learn new skills during school closures. The activities are designed for children from as young as 18 months right up to eight years old and many can be completed without a bike, making them ideal for staying active indoors.

British Cycling Race Series

British Cycling is encouraging the cycling community to stay active indoors by joining a virtual road race or time trial. The British Cycling Race Series is an eight-week schedule of races and workouts on popular online training platform Zwift.

British Ice Skating

Online activities

British Ice Skating is supporting the health and wellbeing of its members by hosting a series of online activities, including a Q&A session with Olympic gold medallists Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, poetry competitions, recordings for key workers and ballet classes.

British Rowing

Go Row Indoor Newsletter

British Rowing has made its Go Row Indoor newsletter a weekly publication to provide everyone at home with workout videos and fitness tips, whether they have access to a rowing machine or not.

British Triathlon

The Big Colour Challenge

Families up and down the country are being encouraged to keep active at home by taking part in British Triathlon’s Big Colour Challenge. All participants are provided with a colour chart to help them track their exercise – the more exercise you do, the more segments you can colour in!

Cerebral Palsy Sport

Health & Wellbeing resources

From breakfast ideas to adapted wheelchair workouts, Cerebral Palsy Sport has developed brand new content for keeping active and healthy at home. The advice is ideal for athletes with cerebral palsy but is also applicable to families and individuals of every level of sport ability.

England Athletics

Club support webinars

England Athletics is running a series of webinars to help their clubs maintain engagement levels with members throughout the crisis. Topics include how to implement home workouts, the benefits of going cashless and a FAQ session with the governing body.

English Chess Federation

Chess clubs online

The ECF is providing guidance to clubs, teams and organisers wishing to setup online, sharing examples of best practice, including suggestions for club nights and online events and rating for all registered events.

England Handball

Free online fitness sessions

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, England Handball is hosting free fitness sessions via online platform Zoom and led by instructor Courtney Orange. Everyone is welcome, although a handball is required for some of the exercises.


Football’s Staying Home

From football educational activities to hygiene and health tips, the FA has produced some fantastic content as part of their Football’s Staying Home campaign to help foster good physical and mental health off the pitch.


Ten@10 & Me@3

Every Monday to Friday at 10am, FLexercise’s friendly team of teachers will guide you through some morning stretches in their Ten@10 exercise sessions. They are also hosting a 30 minute live exercise class every Tuesday at 3pm to help keep you moving during lockdown.

Girlguiding UK

Adventures at Home

Girlguiding is releasing eight fantastic indoor activities each week, designed to help girls aged 4-18 stay active, learn new skills and get creative from the comfort of their homes. From making tap dance shoes, to performing random acts of kindness to stretching routines – there really is something for everyone!


Tennis at Home

The LTA has launched their brand-new Tennis at Home activities, aimed at encouraging the whole family to get active in isolation. The resource is packed full of exercises that you can do in your living room or garden, making it perfect for everyone looking to get involved in the sport.


Roam Sweet Home

Ramblers is challenging the public to take on the Roam Sweet Home steps challenge to keep everyone active in the weeks and months ahead. Whether it’s a hike up the stairs, a jog on the balcony or a stroll in the garden – they are proving the joy of walking can be felt anywhere.

Royal Yachting Association


As sailers start to make those first steps back into the water, The RYA have released their Sail at Home activity resource to show you the great opportunities you can take advantage of to keep sailing and learning from home. Featuring a weekly schedule targeting sailors of all skills and ages, there certainly is something for evey sailor out there. 

Rugby Football League

Active at Home Toolkit

Made up of stretches, mobility exercises and 15 individual activities, the Rugby Football League’s Active at Home toolkit is a brilliant resource for everyone trying to stay active in the current climate. The online initiative features a step-by-step user guide and a series of videos to help those participating.

Table Tennis England

Play Table Tennis at Home!

Table Tennis England has launched a page on their website packed with brilliant ideas of how you can keep active at home playing table tennis.  For a limited time, they are giving away sets of home equipment to enable you to convert your dining or kitchen table into a ping pong table! 

The Arts Society

List of virtual cultural experiences

From stage shows to digital tours, The Arts Society has put together the best cultural experiences to enjoy virtually during isolation.


Adaptive yoga videos

Wheelpower has released a series of adaptive yoga videos to inspire wheelchair users to exercise from the comfort of their homes. Each class lasts around 30 minutes and shows viewers how to complete yoga poses in a safe and effective way.

Youth Sport Trust

Free home learning resources

Youth Sport Trust has made available a number of free home learning resources, including 60 second challenges, active breaks and PE home learning tools. With over 43,100 children accessing the resource in the first two weeks of school closures, YST is leading the way in inspiring young people to achieve their 60 active minutes a day.