Coronavirus Response and Support

YST Coronavirus Response and Support
In this section you will find a round up of guidance documents around a return to school and return to sport as well as a huge number of resources to support the mental and physical wellbeing of your young people.

Following the announcement of school closures due to COVID-19, the Youth Sport Trust has been developing new ways to support children and families to stay active during lockdown. The activities, resources and videos have been vital to support our physical, social and emotional wellbeing during this difficult time and have been made available free of charge. Please scroll down to see what's available.

With Government announcements on the easing of lockdown measures, the phased return to school for some primary pupils (Reception, Year 1, 6) from 01 June 2020, as well as some secondary pupils (Year 10, 12), we are now moving our support to help schools manage that transition whilst maintaining our support for those parents that still have children at home. Our 2020/21 school membership offer includes additional services to support schools to respond to COVID-19 - for more information on membership click here.

Guidance Documents

Below, we have outlined the statutory guidance from the Government, devlolved governments, and from our partners at the Association of Physical Education (AfPE) and ukactive. 

  • Department for Education (DfE) - the latest guidance on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 01 June, includes information on: year groups in the first phase of wider opening, the latest science, managing risk and rate of transmission of coronavirus.
  • DfE have also released seperate guidance on supporting children and young people with SEND. Plus, guidance for parents and carers on their children attending out of school hours provision.
  • On 02 July 2020, DfE released guidance for the full opening of Schools from September 2020. Within the guidance there is a specific section focusing on Physical Activity.
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.
  • Welsh Government
  • Scottish Government
  • Northern Ireland Government
  • Association for Physical Education (AfPE) - a practical self-review tool for COVID-19 risk assessment. Managing risk, maximising opportunity.
  • ukactive - advice and guidance for children's activity providers on safe practice and delivery during restrictrions caused by COVID-19.

Support for Parents

In this section you will find a range of resources, including the 60 second active challenge series, to support those who still have children at home. The activities, resources and videos are designed to keep you moving, keep you learning and help support your physical, social and emotional wellbeing during lockdown.

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Support for Schools

In this section you will find a range of resources to support the widening of provision in your school with some year groups returning from 01 June. The resources below should be used in line with Government and statutory guidance and are focused on the principles and practicalities of delivering PE and sport under current restrictions.

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Supporting Sport Partners

In this section we have provided updated information and resources from across the sector in supporting a return to sport. This includes information from Home Country Sports Councils, other sector organisations and international practice.

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Here is some useful information from YST on what to expect when children return, the implications for PE and sport and some international examples of delivering PE and sport under these current restrictions.

The safe return of school sport - a framework and planning tool

Following consultation with SGOs, Active Partnerships and NGBs, there was a strong call for support from those supporting local activity to help them in planning the provision of school sport in the 2020/21 academic year in light of COVID-19.

The Youth Sport Trust has worked collaboratively to develop a framework and planning tool which can help those who are providers of physical activity and multi-sport competition programmes locally in the education environment. The tool poses questions and provides principles to ensure that the provision of physical activity and sporting opportunities supports the most vulnerable, helps students re-socialise and to re-build their physical, social and emotional confidence.

​A copy of the document can be found here. There is also a webinar available which explains the framework and planning tool in more detail, you can watch it here.

YST Podcast - COVID-19 Series

Our three-part series, hosted by Keith Daniell (former ITV, Channel 4) and CEO Ali Oliver, tackle a range of issues surround the ongoing pandemic and the future of PE and sport. Guests include Geoff Barton (ASCL), Tim Hollingsworth (Sport England), Baroness Sue Campbell (FA) and Steve Grainger (RFU).

You can listen to the whole series here. Or find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Acast, or wherever you get your podcasts from, just search 'Youth Sport Trust'.

YST Wednesday Webinars

We covered a range of topics from the team at YST such as the implications for PE and wellbeing, home learning, inclusion, leading change and global perspectives. Each webinar presented the evidence and context for the world we are living in right now and how we are taking positive action to position and use PE and sport to make a difference. You can watch all of the episodes via the links below.

  • Wednesday 29 April, PE and Home Learning - watch
  • Wednesday 6 May, PE and Wellbeing - watch
  • Wednesday 13 May, PE and Leading Change - watch
  • Wednesday 20 May, PE and Inclusion - watch
  • Wednesday 27 May, PE and Global Perspectives within Education - watch
  • Wednesday 01 July, Transition from home to school learning and curriculum planning for PE - watch (primary)      watch (secondary)
  • Wednesday 08 July, Reframing competition post COVID-19. What does school sport look like going forward? - watch
  • Wednesday 15 July, PE Post COVID-19 curriculum development for life-skills and wellbeing - watch

All episodes are initially broadcast at 15:30 on the given date and can be watched live using the registration link provided. All episodes will also be recorded and are made available to watch shortly after the event.

YST Membership

In addition to our free support to schools, YST member schools can access the following benefits created to support schools reintroduce young people in the school environment to PE and sport:

  • Toolkits
  • Webinars
  • Consultancy support.

For more information on membership please click here.

International Practice

The Youth Sport Trust has always drawn insight and practice from all over the world to help inform and refine what we do as a charity. During COVID-19 this hasn’t been any different with many examples of practice being shared by international colleagues on how they are coping with children returning to school and the implications for PE and sport. It is important to note that both the context and government restrictions and permissions in every country are different and so these should not be taken as templates to follow, rather insights for information.

Below are just some of those examples that may help inform the principles and practice in your school: