Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Physical Activity Providers


Step 1b in the Roadmap out of National Lockdown from 29 March


From 29 March, organised outdoors sport and outdoor sports facilities can return. Outdoor gatherings of six people, under the ‘rule of six’, or two households, can take place

Outdoor sports facilities

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools can reopen. This applies to all outdoor sport facilities, including outdoor gyms, swimming pools, courts, pitches, golf courses (including mini-golf), water sports venues, climbing walls, driving and shooting ranges, riding arenas at riding centres and archery venues. Outdoor skating rinks and trampolining parks must remain closed.

Organised Outdoor Sport

Formally organised outdoor sport and physical activity for adults and children can return and are exempt from legal gathering limits. Guidance issued by individual national governing bodies should be adhered to.

  • Indoor facilities such as changing rooms should not be used, except by people with disabilities (or in emergency situations). Toilet facilities can remain open for visitors.
  • When not taking part in organised sport, people using your facility must adhere to the rules on social contact. People can meet outdoors in groups of up to 6 people, or as a group of 2 households, for exercise or recreation. Where people are indoors (for example, walking through an indoor reception to get to an outdoor sport pitch), they must not loiter or gather with people from outside their household/support/childcare bubble.
  • Outdoor sport for adults and children can take place in larger numbers, where it is formally organised (for example, by a national governing body, business or charity) and follows COVID-secure guidance.
  • All children can take part in outdoor childcare and supervised activities, including sport and physical activity (such as community sport clubs).
  • Spectators are not permitted at any grassroot sports or 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.

London Sport have gathered together latest guidance from National Governing Bodies – visit their page here.

For government guidance for providers of grassroots sports and sports facilities click here.

Informal Sport

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).

Further Guidance

For more information and Guidance visit Sports England’s Frequently Asked Questions Page

For full government guidance click here

Support for Clubs

Club Matters have a range of resources to support grassroots sports clubs to reopen. Find them here.

Next steps in the Roadmap:

Step 2:

Step 2 will begin no earlier that 12 April and will allow indoor facilities to reopen including gyms, leisure centres and community centres for use by individuals or household groups. Indoor sporting activities for children can take place.

Step 3:

Step 3 will take place no earlier than 17 May, and at least five weeks after Step 2
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will reopen
  • Some large events, including sports events. Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.
  • The Government will also make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.


Find a full list of advice from NGB on London Sports website here.