Coronavirus Support Sport Partners

YST 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.

Government guidance on return to sport

On 01 June, the Government updated their guidance on the phased return of sport.

There is also government guidance on the phased return of sport for personal trainers and coaches.

Home Country Sports Councils information

Sport England

The latest information from Sport England in response to COVID-19 can be found in the Coronavirus hub section of their website.

Sport Wales

For the latest information from Sport Wales in response to COVID-19 please click here.

Sport Scotland

The latest information from Sport Scotland in response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Sport NI

For all latest additional information from Sport NI, please go here.

Other Sector Organisations

UK Sport

UK Sport’s coronavirus support page can be found here.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance

For the latest information from The Sport and Recreation Alliance in relation to COVID-19 click here.


ukactive’s four-stage strategy to support the reopening of the physical activity sector safely, once the Government eases Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in the UK, can be found here.

UK Coaching

The UK Coaching website shares and interprets up-to-date government guidance regarding the phased returns of coaches to coached activity. Please go to their website for further information.

National Governing Bodies of Sport

Some NGBs have released ‘road map’ style guidance, for example England Cricket have developed a road map for the return of recreational cricket, England Hockey have released a road map for return to play, England Rugby have shared the 'Return to rugby road map - community game' and British Cycling have released a six stage model for cycling activity.

Other NGBs are releasing updated information in line with Government updates. For example, on 01 June The Football Association released updated guidance on permitted grassroots football activity during COVID-19. England Athletics also updated their guidance for a restricted return to activity for coaches, leaders, athletes, runners and facilities and Rounders England have issued guidance on a phased return to the sport. England Netball have issued their response to government guidance and the LTA, information on playing tennis during lockdown.

Please refer to the relevant NGB website for further information on return to play.

International Examples

International Sport and Culture Association

On 05 May, the International Sport and Culture Association undertook a comparison on different countries approaches to starting to lift restrictions on exercise and sport under COVID-19 lockdown. The article can be found here.

More detailed examples can be found from the following countries:

The Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment provides a guide for the reintroduction of sport and recreation in Australia, including high performance sport. It considers the differences between indoor and outdoor based sports, if the sport is contact or non-contact and subsequently outlines a three-phase approach by each sport. The guide also differentiates between the return of individual/community sport and professional/high performance sport.

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New Zealand

New Zealand have based their return to sport on the different alert levels set by the New Zealand Government. They characterise sport into contact and non-contact sports, active recreation, play and water based activities and commercial. They also provide examples of different scenarios. Attached are guidance documents for each alert level.

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The National Framework focuses on ‘how’ the reintroduction of sport activity will occur from an athlete, coach, and practitioner perspective.

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Jersey Sport

Jersey Sport has reviewed the guidance in Jersey’s Safe Exit Framework (Level 3) to consider the impact and opportunities for sport (11 May).

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Sport NI

The Sport NI framework for to guide progression towards a resumption of sport and physical recreation in Northern Ireland uses six categories of sport for example, outdoor recreation, water sports, non-contact, contact (lower risk), contact (higher risk) and high performance/professional athletes. It uses a four-phase system of red, amber, yellow and green.

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The International Sports & Culture Association have translated the Danish guidelines for sports activities spanning indoor and outdoor sports, swimming, fitness centres and gyms, summer schools and camps reopening.

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