School Sport and Competition

YST School Sport & Competition
In this section, you will find a range of resources to support the return of school sport and competition.

School sport through enrichment can be used to help settle ALL children and young people on return to school post COVID-19 through providing opportunities for challenge, connectedness and friendship, giving young people support and a sense of belonging while having fun. School sport can also be used to target specific young people who are returning to schools.

Department for Education Government guidance in relation to the return of physical activity in schools in England and extra-curricular provision is summarised below:

Guidance on physical activity in schools (as of 10 September 2020)

Schools have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided while following the measures in their system of controls.

Sports whose national governing bodies have developed guidance under the principles of the government’s guidance on team sport and been approved by the government are permitted. Schools must only provide team sports on the list available at return to recreational team sport framework.

Pupils should be kept in consistent groups, sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups.

Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not, maximising natural ventilation flows (through opening windows and doors or using air conditioning systems wherever possible) distancing between pupils and paying scrupulous attention to cleaning and hygiene. This is particularly important in a sport setting because of the way in which people breathe during exercise. External facilities can also be used in line with government guidance for the use of, and travel to and from, those facilities.

Schools should refer to the following advice:

Schools are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular and extra-curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so. Schools should consider carefully how such arrangements can operate within their wider protective measures.

Activities such as active miles, making break times and lessons active and promoting active travel help enable pupils to be physically active while encouraging physical distancing.

Wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity (as of 10 September 2020)

Schools should work to resume any breakfast and after-school provision, where possible, from the start of the autumn term. Schools should also work closely with any external wraparound providers which their pupils may use, to ensure as far as possible, children can be kept in a group with other children from the same bubble they are in during the school day.

If it is not possible or practical to maintain the same bubbles being used during the school day (for example, if the number of bubbles in place during the school day prove impractical to adopt within the wraparound provision) then providers should maintain small, consistent groups. We recognise that schools may need to respond flexibly and build this provision up over time. Such provision will help ensure pupils have opportunities to re-engage with their peers and with the school, ensure vulnerable children have a healthy breakfast and are ready to focus on their lessons, provide enrichment activities, and also support working parents.

Schools can consult the guidance produced for providers who run community activities, holiday clubs, after-school clubs, tuition, and other out-of-school provision for children, as much of this will be useful in planning extra-curricular provision. This includes schools advising parents to limit the number of different out-of-school settings providers they access, as far as possible. Where parents use childcare providers or out of school extra-curricular activities for their children, schools should encourage parents and carers to seek assurance that the providers are carefully considering their own protective measures, and children should only attend settings that can demonstrate this. DfE has also issued guidance for parents and carers, which schools may want to circulate.

Where schools are satisfied that it would be safe to do so, they may choose to open up or hire out their premises for use by external bodies or organisations, such as external coaches or after-school or holiday clubs or activities. In doing so, schools should ensure they are considering carefully how such arrangements can operate within their wider protective measures and should also have regard to any other relevant government guidance. For example, where opening up school leisure facilities for external use, ensuring they do so in line with government guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) for providers of grassroots sport and gym or leisure facilities.

For information on Government guidance in Wales please visit Welsh Government, in Scotland, please visit Scottish Government and in Northern Ireland, please visit Northern Ireland Government.

This content in the tiles below will provide you with information, ideas and resources to support the delivery of school sport:

Return of School Sport

This section includes some principles and ideas to help manage the return of school sport.
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School Games

The School Games, which is funded by Sport England National Lottery funding and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people. It can play an important part in helping children and young people to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
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School Sports Clubs

Extra curricular school sport clubs have a role to play in helping children and young people to recover from the effects of COVID-19.
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National Governing Bodies of Sport

In this section, you will find information from National Governing Bodies of Sport on support for schools and further information on return to play.
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Government Guidance

In this section, you will find a series of links to the latest Government guidance in relation to return to school and return to play.
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